The Slew

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The Slew
Years active2009 (2009)
MembersKid Koala
Dynomite D
Chris Ross
Myles Heskett

The Slew is a multinational rock-influenced electronic music project consisting of Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, American producer Dynomite D, and Australian rock musicians Chris Ross and Myles Heskett, formerly of the band Wolfmother.[1][2]

History[edit]

The group first came together in 2005, when Kid Koala and Dynomite D were approached to compose music for the soundtrack to a documentary film by filmmaker Jay Rowlands.[3] The film eventually fell through, but the group continued to collaborate on music, and released an album, 100%, in 2009,[4] which features an "oddly fascinating blend of funky samples and vintage rockism" as well as some uncredited, possibly sampled vocals.[5] The album includes several tracks that were first featured in different form on the 2006 Kid Koala album Your Mom's Favorite DJ.[6]

The group went on a tour of nine cities to promote the album.[7] The live shows were a combination of turntable work from the two DJs and high energy rock performance from the former Wolfmother members.[8]

In 2010, the Slew performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.[9] Also in 2010, it was reported that the band was at work on a second album and had enlisted Mike Patton and Jon Spencer to contribute vocals.[10]

Discography[edit]

  • 100% (2009, Puget Sounds)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Slew’s Monster-Rock Mash Turns Turntablism to 11". Wired, September 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Slew / Rise Ashen Babylon Nightclub, Ottawa ON September 7". Exclaim!, By Daniel Sylvester Sep 08, 2010
  3. ^ "Kid Koala reimagines heavy rock with the Slew".San Francisco Weekly, By Dave Pehling Sep 23 2009
  4. ^ "Kid Koala Presents The Slew – 100%". inthemix.com.au, December 10, 2009.
  5. ^ " The Slew 100%". AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson
  6. ^ "Kid Koala – Your Mom's Favorite DJ". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Slew 100%". Exclaim, By Vish Khanna Sep 29, 2009
  8. ^ "The Slew plays truth or dare". Georgia Straight, Mike Usinger on June 23rd, 2010
  9. ^ "The Slew pushes it to 110% (6/29)". Consequences of Sound, by Karina Halle on July 01, 2010
  10. ^ "Kid Koala Enlists Mike Patton and Jon Spencer for Next Slew Album". Exclaim!, By Josiah Hughes Published Aug 05, 2010