Swayzak presents a retrospective of works from the past 20 years. ‘Lost Tapes’ accompanies the then British duo of David Brown and James Taylor through both the familiar, and the unheard moments of their illustrious career perfecting a distinctly underground sound. Also presented in this package is a brand new single to kick start a string of releases due in 2018.
Soon after meeting in 1993, the two friends dedicated themselves to the pursuit of innovative music, guided by their passion for the DIY spirit of the time. Before the emergence of online information sharing, they used faxes, pagers, photocopiers and answering machines to spread the word. This organic approach continued to inform their position as live performers, DJs and musicians, and remains a core tenet of the project since the duo amicably split in 2011.
After parting ways, James moved his efforts away from the music industry, leaving David at the helm of the project. Today, he continues to champion the rogue sensibility that united the duo over 20 years ago.
Swayzak built a diverse discography over the years with releases on labels including Fabric, M_Nus, Curle Recordings, Ellum Audio and !K7. As such, ‘Lost Tapes’ spans an impressive range of genres, drawing from the ﬁelds of dub, acid, deep house and minimal with the unmistakable touch of devoted audiophiles.
Featured in the compilation is ‘Sunshine’, a brand new single with Richard Davis channeling broken beats and electro glitches. Other highlights include ‘Smile And Receive’ remixes by Apparat and Davis & Brown, a Mathew Jonson remix of ‘Another Way’ and a number of late 90s/early 00s cuts, some of which are unreleased until now.
To coincide with the release of ‘Lost Tapes’, the entire Swayzak back catalogue will become available online for the ﬁrst time, including B sides, demos, unreleased tracks and live versions, all presented in deluxe double ‘digital’ disc editions.
“Lost Tapes as the title says I guess is inspired by a CAN box set I saw in my local store. I was getting more and more requests to re-issue certain tracks I set about gathering our recordings from boxes of old DATS, CDs, digital files and even cassettes from the last 20 years. I chose the rarer stuff I felt sounded sonically superior, mixes that were never released, tracks that had been shelved, remixes that never saw the light of day and originals that were quite rare 12”s only.
I’ve been working on a lot of new releases for next year and the time felt right to draw a line under the old material and re-issue the whole catalogue in full alongside the more cohesive ‘Lost Tapes’ compilation, get everything in one place on the 240 Volts label and hopefully introduce them to a new audience” – David Brown
08 December 2017 / 240 Volts
Mexico’s CVMR returns this May with the ‘Luv Crime’ EP from Century, backed with a remix from Swayzak.
Mexican duo Century aka Susan Luv and Emili are one of the production duos behind the CVMR imprint, and here they deliver their contemporary house sound for the fifth release on their fledgling imprint. Century’s live performances see the pair blend drum machines and synthesisers, with live editing and sampling, adding a unique appeal to the artists and landing them slots alongside the likes of Aeroplane, Mock & Toof, Daniel Solar, Tiger & Woods, Ewan Pearson, a recent appearance on Boiler Room (http://boilerroom.tv/artist/century/), and a booking at Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival playing alongside Masssive Attack and Damian Lazarus to name but a few.
The original mix of title track ‘Luv Crime’ kicks things off, a smooth, ethereal cut led by deep atmospherics, rugged low-slung rhythms and hypnotic acid tinges, while a menacing, stabbing bass hook insistently drives the groove, and swirling dub echoes subtly add a intense background depth to the composition.
Swayzak steps up afterwards to rework ‘Luv Crime’, a great choice from CVMR considering the raw, dubbed out feel of the original, Swayzak do what they do best here and deliver a tripped-out ten minute reshape where the composition cleverly evolves and retracts on itself throughout, with profound processing keeping it in an ever dynamic state, stunning stuff as expected from such proficient producers.
The package is then rounded off with another original from Century, entitled ‘Closer’, this time delving a little deeper with the sound palette, the pair fuse cosseting pads and stuttering arpeggio bass with crunchy drum samples and heavily delayed and reverberated vocal licks to create a psychedelic, dropped-tempo number, closing the EP in style.
Century’s ‘Luv Crime’ EP is out on CVMR May 24. Preview it on our weekly OFFradio show.
1. Luv Crime
2. Luv Crime (Swayzak Remix)