Boomkat Product Review:
Giant Swan’s Robin Stewart and Sunun do bone-rattling dub noise for Bokeh...
“Sludge machine music slapped through the infinite mixing desk by SRS - the combined mind of Sunun and Robin Stewart. At any point Data Fossil’s giddy industrial riddims could collapse under their own weight. There are Sunun inputs and there are Robin Stewart inputs - but everything is offered up to their machines gladly for an output of nu-human-beat. Voices drift through the mix in hushed Italian and Robin’s gruff roboticized drawl, floating dub chords left hanging for cavernous subs and rattled bones, distant harps and arps, a sudden blast of trills. ‘Spit Fossil’ itself is a clipped noise-pop wonder - the aural equivalent of a lights-on Avon dancefloor with only the weirdest left standing.
Recorded on the rooftop of a housing project called Camelot in 2018, the two Bristol locals debuted the live / unplanned collaboration in an inflatable arena called ‘Toldo’ in the Brunswick Club ballroom (RIP). Then again at Young Echo at the Cube Microplex - a night where it’s said anything is possible (Sunun even dubbed Guest's live human heartbeat there recently….). If Data Fossil is hard to describe - it’s just the sound of the musical freedom of a city that will never run dry.
It’s a high Bokeh honour to welcome Sunun back after we helped release her 2018 debut, Ooid EP. Her live show continues to be the most inspiring re-use of dub principles we’ve witnessed (again and again). Time only grows her music outwards causing the Young Echo collective to demand she join them. Since Ooid, she’s released a 12” of MPC wonders with close Bristol pals Cold Light.
Recently bearing his dub-side to all that didn’t know on Trilogy Tapes’ Time Travel EP, Robin Stewart is half of world conquering techno-cult Giant Swan. Also a veteran of Rwdfwd stable of imprints (Fuckpunk and NoCorner) - his music DNA is equal parts shoegaze and steppas. In 2020 he was officially recognised for having the largest collection of Bokeh t shirts.”