Mike D’s influence is felt on Consume Or Be Consumed – a track on which he features – and STD’s/PHD’s, both of which bear more than a passing resemblance to the Beastie Boys. Mike D isn’t the only artist to guest on the record, with indie musician Baxter Dury appearing on Steer Clear, a song that mixes things up byfeaturing drum machine percussion and muted harmonics from the guitar. Slaves’ ideological position of overcoming, or not being constrained by, societal norms and expectations is given clear voice on Rich Man – with the not subtle line, “rich man/I’m not your bitch, man” – and closing track Same Again, which contemplates the monotony of the eat-sleep-work-consume milieu of contemporary life.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 4th October 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.