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7inch Sunday: chris e. pants – Doggy Style

7inch Sunday is a segment devoted entirely to 7” vinyl and the all-encompassing experience surrounding it. Although most publications cover major releases, the vinyl single is often overlooked and given nothing more than a half-hearted nod of acknowledgement. This weekly feature is a hub for 7” reviews, exploring the B-sides and rarities of artists that may often go unnoticed.

Each Sunday I will review 7” vinyl from artists who venture this extra mile to hold their singles high above the sea of digital releases. I hope to embody the spirit of vinyl while sharing some fantastic music with you, the reader. Let’s get started.

Chris Shively (aka Chrissy Murderbot) is a Chicago-based musician known for his DJing and creating three different record labels. His most recent endeavor, under the pseudonym chris e. pants, seeks to breach horizons untouched in his prior works. Before I begin, Chris Shively = Chrissy Murderbot = chris e. pants, and yes, I will use them all interchangeably.

Prefaced with Chrissy Murderbot’s material, Doggy Style is a significant deviation. While recent releases such as I’m a Asshole feature speed rapping and club anthem beats, chris e. pants delves into a squalid form of disco reserved for red-light districts and seedy clubs. The artwork for the picturedisc is an attractive, blue-on-white color scheme with themed pictures for both tracks.

Starting out with “Doggy Style,” we are introduced with a slap bass groove while the looped lyric slowly comes out of the woodwork. By the time lovably corny 80s synth invades the track, the groove is locked in and proceeds seamlessly. The single line of lyric goes from a campy, sexed-up proclamation to an invasive mantra that is fitting and boasts serious hook value. Overall, it’s a badass track that makes you wish neo-disco was a thing.

“Pass it Around” is teeming with potential, but the half-assed vocal recordings are a burden to listen to and leave us more exhausted than we started. The track is either a diabolical, large-scale trolling project to see how the market reacts or it was simply thrown together at the last minute to accompany the A-side. I’m putting money on the latter. Without enough comedy to consider humorous nor enough musicianship to retain interest, “Pass It Around” tries damn hard to erase our memories of enjoying “Doggy Style.”

While the polarity of the 7” is extreme, it is worth checking out Shively’s most recent effort. Keep an eye out for the pants persona, and let’s hope this newest phase from Chrissy Murderbot is one he will continue and hone.

Check back next week for a look at Martin Eden’s Worker.

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