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We are happy to announce that the canceled November European tour dates have been rescheduled for March 2016. It’s all here: The Hustler and The Trust Fund Baby, the Mosh Pit Casualty, the Celebrity Chef, the Crooked Cop, the Struggling Artist, the Sucker MC, the forgotten Sex Workers and Last-Chance Cinderellas.
Thanks again to all our friends & fans for their understanding & support. Within these grooves are cold-water tenements, blue-chip galleries, dingy Avenue B studios, and the last real warrior poet whose dark magick brings garage rock ghosts back from the grave!
So, despite his appropriately blissful setting of Morrison's poetry on the single - whose mild, chilled manner is in marked contrast to Slim's previous big-beat anthems - there's still a sizeable complement of tracks, such as "Ya Mama" and "Mad Flava", where huge, clattering drums and fizzing acid-house synths collide with basslines lifted from old Doug Lazy tracks and samples drawn from distinctly uncool, left-field sources such as Jon Hiseman's Colosseum, the results looped and filtered to suitably floor-shaking effect and spliced to catchy hookline phrases exhorting us to "Mix the tempo up", "Retox the freak in me", or suchlike.
Within that basic formula, though, he has found a little more room to manoeuvre than before, bringing a more soulful feel to tracks such as "Demons", in which Macy Gray's vocal rides a slow, humid deep-soul groove; her croaky sensuality is further employed on the album's phattest funk cut, "Love Life", a neat framework of dovetailing syncopation hung from a rudely quacking bassline.
The only high-profile vocal guest - apart from the Jim Morrison sample on "Sunset (Bird of Prey)" - is Macy Gray, like Fatboy himself a recent addition to the ranks of the famous; and with Slim's old Freak Power chum Ashley Slater involved on a few tracks, there's a direct line of musical development sustained from his earlier albums.The opening number, "Talking About My Baby", signals this fresh attitude by setting the vocal - a gospel-tinged testimony sampled from the Seventies swamp-rockers Wet Willie - to a bluesy piano vamp intro that rolls right through the track, keeping things perched on the edge of fulfilment as the other elements gradually accrete around it.It's symbolic, in a way, of Slim's uncertainty about fully committing to this new style or returning to his floor-filling forte.He needn't worry: the resulting blend of big-beat, ambient, soul and funk makes Halfway...a more diversely satisfying album than its predecessor, one that capitalises on Fatboy's strengths while taking tentative steps in new directions.