Boomkat Product Review:
Giant Swan's Robin Stewart mints Ifeoluwa's brand new Ipaadi label with a tight set of drum machine experiments described as “a weird love letter to ‘maximal minimalism’”. It's strong material that sounds like Pan Sonic, T++, Rian Treanor and Batu bunged in a blender.
Written back in 2017, these tracks are a singular excursion for Stewart, who says he won't be making tunes like this again. So we can thank Yewande Adeniran (Ifeoluwa) for convincing him to put them out - it's some of the best material we've heard from the Giant Swan camp to date.
Dry, rhythmic dance music that reminds us of Pan Sonic at their most grinding but spiked with an unmistakably Bristolian bump, it's bone dry but surprisingly funky. 'Triffid' is noisy and bullish, rolling across a brutalist 4/4 like a steampunk soundsystem in a far-off forest; 'Look Up' is completely different, with a broken, taught rhythm slipping between metallic Berlin-esque clonks.
'THCX' is our fave though, a high-BPM almost Singeli tempo cut that flickers with the digi-fuckt intensity of Rian Treanor's mind-sluicing recent material. Properly twisted alt-rave bangers for adventurous listeners and brave dancers.