Boomkat Product Review:
Sterling reminder of Swayzak’s deep minimal techno steez, presenting their 1998 debut LP in newly nipped ’n tucked edits and mixes by the reformed duo - RIYL Ricardo Villalobos, Convextion, Pub, Craig Richards
Between the mid-late ‘90s and early part of the 2010s, Swayzak were standard bearers for a brand of fresh, minimal techno-house that bridged earlier phases of techno and what would become ubiquitous as tech-house. Driven by a search for the perfect beat and elusive electronic soul, they did not throw out the baby with the bathwater, retaining the sort of melodic and atmospheric content and deep grooves that made original house, techno and electronica so effective, as opposed to the wave of identikit minimal piffle that would follow.
‘Snowboarding in Argentina’ is a real deep session symptomatic of the best of its era, here presented as a sort of director’s cut edition with subtle tweaks in keeping with its timeless vision. It’s arguably the sort of stuff that’s notable by its absence from the ‘floor in the current era, where sugar-rush immediacy and performative antics take precedence over hypnotic music like this. We’re talking deep burners such as ‘Speedboat’ with its skin-kissing pads and clipped garage-techno swing, the Convextion-Espque sensuality of ‘Burma Heights’, and lip-biting deep house gems such as ‘Fukumachi’, or the Villalobos-liek stride of ‘l.o.9.v.e.’, thru to Detroit-skooled dub techno on ‘Bueno’, all primed for fluttering eyelids, mushed lips and swivelling limbs locked into the groove all night long.