Sporting Life – Slam Dunk Vol 1
Basketball. The sport of the giant limbed. Never one I took to. Too small at school and not very good at jumping. Oh, and hopelessly inaccurate with shooting hoops. Having an album called Slam Dunk Vol 1 based around basketball didn’t seem a terribly exciting prospect. But it’s out on R&S, so I gave it a listen. Am now a fan.
Sporting Life is a New York producer (never heard of him before). This release combines basketball, manga and electronics. Forgetting the hoops and comics, this is a great piece of electronic music. The tracks are a mix of ambient sounds, with lots of quirky touches that take it into IDM and elsewhere.
Blurb: I want you to picture Michael Jordan skyrocketing from the free throw line for his iconic dunk, an almost impossible combination of grace and destruction. Now I want you to imagine music that’s simultaneously hazy and hard-hitting, like the flickering of a beautifully ageing neon light.
Now add in Japanese manga comics, experimental video, and some exclusive apparel. Hold all of that in your head at once. See it? Hear it? Welcome to Sporting Life’s Slam Dunk EP cycle.
The Slam Dunk EP series finds New York producer Sporting Life evolving his solo creative range after acclaimed work with RatKing and Wiki by marrying his love of basketball, manga and music into a seamless blend.
Inspired by Takehiko Inoue’s enormously popular manga series, the Slam Dunk EP cycle is a three-volume effort spread out over two months that will encompass instrumentals, remixes, video, and apparel.