Live Review: star slinger, pinky promise, cuff lynx

The Wild Buffalo transformed into Bellingham’s rendition of the Boiler Room on Thursday night when Star Slinger, Pinky Promise, and Cuff Lynx performed.
Cuff Lynx, local analog shape shifters, opened up the show with high energy, encouraging the crowd to start moving with their remix of The Flavr Blue. The dance production duo, Jordan Hatzialexiou (Htzlx) and Matt Ogle (Balto), have played at prominent venues around town and are rapidly gaining a positive reputation for their consistent sets. Accompanied by a  drum machine, Balto and Htzlx played their favorite music of upcoming producers as well as their own tracks. They will be performing a live set in conjunction with visuals from Sensebellum on Saturday, May 17 at the Wild Buffalo.
Pinky Promise is comprised of former WWU students Sean and Paul Dutton, now living in Seattle. The Dutton brothers love house music, pizza, and deliver “heavy UK Vibes,” said Darren Williams (Star Slinger) before they ended their set. Their sound, jackin house and deep, with hints of tech, is an infectious blend of bassline and house. While at Western, Sean studied graphic design and Paul focused on music composition with an incredible repertoire. Together, Pinky Promise integrates the articulate craftsmanship of a composer and offers the aesthetic value of a designer.
Darren Williams, better known as Star Slinger, did us the honor of stopping by on his U.S. mini tour. Despite the expected lull of a rainy weekday, the UK native’s entrancing performance instigated an intimate dance party. Known for his catchy melodies with unique hip hop infusions, Star Slinger dabbles with genres all across the (Ableton) board among his remixes of Deerhunter, Gold Panda, Miguel, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few. He ended his set with “Punch Drunk Love,” off his EP collaboration with Teams, and the bodies in the crowd buzzed in an ecstatic frenzy.
Williams recently delivered a four-part series of edits inspired by his favorite divas including Anita Baker, Erykah Badu, available on SoundCloud for free download.
–Elyse Tan