slim set’s new banger, ‘Lazy’, proves they’re anything but
When you think Australian hip hop, what do you imagine? The Nosebleed Section? Jimmy Ricard? How about a producer/MC duo making grime influenced bangers about life as millennial Western Sydneysiders. Meet SLIM SET, made up of DJ Atro and MC Dev, two boys carving their own path in the contemporary Aussie rap landscape. Their new track ‘Lazy’ is the first single from their upcoming EP, that weaves bitey rhymes with sinister beats.
Their music video, co-directed by the duo and filmed by Western Sydney videographer Sejon Im, sees slim set staunching in dead shopping malls and the concrete of empty carparks in Sydney’s west and CBD. Grand, sweeping shots and harsh lighting elevate the mundanity of overpopulated suburbia, painting the West as a dramatic and twisted new world.
The track itself is dense, heavy with skittering percussion, atmospheric fills and cavernous bass. DJ Atro’s production is the perfect match to Dev’s gruff rhymes, as he drops names of Sydney suburbs like they’re high fashion labels. His self-deprecating bars weave with agility through syncopated wubs and choppy hats.
Dev himself says that his contribution is “that paranoid soapbox shit you spit to yourself to keep the microsleeps away. [Lazy] ended up being about how disconnected we all are.” Ironically enough, this track proves these boys are anything but ‘Lazy’, with every new release from them showing how ahead of the creative curve they really are.
With this new single, slim set heighten West Sydney culture by showcasing it proudly. ‘Lazy’ is proof of their raucous authenticity, and obvious prowess in tapping into underground sounds and repackaging them for club goers and rap fans alike.
‘Lazy’ is the first single from slim set‘s sophomore EP Feed which you can preorder here.
PHOTO BY CACHE1
WORDS BY HOLLY O’NEILL