The pair's new album, Fishing Blues, is rife with enough hook, line and sinker lyrical references to make any silver-haired gent grin. That's especially true on the funky title track (standout line: "Check the tackle / Box full of beautiful / Look like shrapnel"), while other sea and shore metaphors appear on songs like "Everything," on which Slug describes being cremated at sea like a Viking over a crackling drum instrumental.
Other elder statesman standouts include the guitar-and-whistling-tinged "Anybody That I've Known," on which Slug uses 20/20 hindsight to describe his gratitude for all the highs and lows he has experienced that he'd never trade away. Then there's "Still Be Here," where he spits: "Hold your kids before they grow too big / Like a minute is forever when a memory's a gift," over high-pitched, soulful background vocals. Closing track "A Long Hello," meanwhile, details the subtleties of a tender, seasoned romance: "There's far too many breakup songs / And there's not enough songs about the moment we met."
Between Ant's eclectic, subtle production and Slug's equally nuanced lyricism, Fishing Blues stands out as one of the best hip-hop LPs of the year thus far. Slug's seasoned vet couplets are especially refreshing, making growing old and wise sound undeniably fly. (Rhymesayers)