Warm and personal, this is one of Peter O'Grady's most adventurous records yet.
Of all O'Grady's recent work, the Slipping EP feels the most personal. There are the obvious things, like the photo of his nan on the record's sleeve and his dad's voice at the beginning of "W Dad." There are also the three featured collaborators, all of whom seem to be friends of O'Grady's. And then there is, of course, the music, six tracks that range in rhythm and tempo but share a sense of intimacy, as though recorded for a smoky lounge not a warehouse. "Under," which features the vocals of Keyah Blu, and "Walworth Waltz" with Infinite are both hazy headnodders that could be filed next to an artist like Klein, a big compliment if that wasn't clear. "Breathe In" is a close cousin of the killer "Coyp" from last year's 81b—I strongly hope O'Grady keeps exploring this strain of cold digital dancehall, it's working for him. "While She's Away," featuring Mansur Brown, is a nicely arranged post-Burial roller that becomes ruder as it progresses. The EP's straightest club cut, "Burn," might also be its least interesting. It has plenty of heat in its stepping beat, but the grand swells wind up mitigating the momentum.