After a year of Australian shows supporting huge UK acts like The Streets, Sir Spyro, and Flohio, Western Sydney’s finest producer-rapper duo Slim Set have returned with their first offering since their 2018 EP Feed, and they do not disappoint.
The duo, made up of Uncle Kal and DJ Atro, are known for their signature blend of rap, UK bass music, and experimental electronica that’s peppered with slick bars and sly references to Australiana. Slim Set’s hybrid sound is an anomaly within the Australian hip-hop landscape and ‘Warrang’ (the indigenous name for Sydney) is no exception.
MC Kal reflects on Sydney, a city feeling the strain of overdevelopment with the lines “Bulldozers humming, bitumen drumming / the sun cries for Warrang, now fibro covered”. DJ Atro, the producer half of the duo, mangles his vocals over a bustling soundscape that’s punctuated by cavernous sub-bass.
Before long the track descends into a punkish flurry of hi-hats, 808s, and noise. Shady Nasty’s frontman, Kevin DW, delivers a booming hook that captures the essence of the track, spitting the line “Every nationality under the sun / copping a piece of the red one”.
The video for ‘Warrang’ was co-directed, shot, and edited by frequent collaborator, Sejon Im alongside Slim Set and Luca Watson, the drummer from Shady Nasty. It’s a chaotic collage of live performances, Google Maps satellite footage, a trip to Flemington Markets, and train carriages packed out with the crew.
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