Slicker is a fairly straightforward project for someone like John Hughes III, whose work with groups like Bill Ding and Turtletoes moved between the strange and the incredibly strange -- Confidence in Duber has Hughes (along with fellow Chicago musicians like Ryan Rapsys) laying out peacefully buzzy and occasionally frantic electronic programming, with all of the beepy grooves and drum'n'bass aesthetics one might expect. There's a definite sense of composition to the record's tracks, which is certainly a good thing -- Hughes puts a great deal of movement into his programming, and the addition of organic instruments (such as Rapsys' guitar on "Prader") allows for a few funky grooves to emerge as well. The record also features "99 KOs," a remix of Euphone's "A Hundred Times and More."
Confidence in Duber Review
by Nitsuh Abebe