My family loves to travel. Because my parents are both teachers, my family had the opportunity to go on vacations every summer break when I was younger. The favorite spot was (and still is) the island Bermuda. All drug references aside, I wish I had this track years ago. Tropical, summer, perfection.
Star Slinger is a UK-based hip-hop producer and DJ extraordinaire. Praised and frequently played by other well-known DJ’s (such as Annie Mac and Diplo), Star Slinger has been growing quickly since being named one of NME’s top 50 acts of 2011.
I like when DJs use the old to inspire the new, so I enjoyed Star Slinger’s sampling of the Musical Youth’s massive hit “Pass the Dutchie” from 1982. That song was huge, I guess. I don’t know for sure, I wasn’t born yet. No in all seriousness, I remember this song from my childhood because people still played it. It’s a good, catchy song when you first hear it. Hear a second, third, or even fourth time and you kind of want to gauge your eyes out (maybe that’s just me).
Star Slinger is somehow able to take this song that we all recognize and whether you love it or hate it, make it into something new. That’s a skill that needs to be admired. The originally laid-back reggae beat is reinvented as an up-tempo cut and piece track that maintains its’ tropical feel but in a much more modern and playful manner.
As far as lyrics go, “Pass the Dutchie” garnered some close attention in 80’s for purportedly being about smoking a little-known drug, ‘cannabis’. Musical Youth attempted to lay theories to rest saying that a “dutchie” is a cooking pan used in the Caribbean. Regardless of what theory Star Slinger prefers to promote, he certainly does the original song justice.
For any of you lucky one’s heading to Camp BISCO this summer, Star Slinger will be there—be sure to check out his set. As for the rest of you, I’d recommend tossing this one on this weekend while you’re driving to the beach. Whatever your personal preference, drugs and a tropical island are not required to enjoy.