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Himawari

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Swayzak 7/11/2000

Review

Even as their meld of jazzy house and experimental dub became a hot commodity on the electronics scene, the British duo Swayzak pulled back from the form slightly on their sophomore album. Also in contrast to their deep dub-techno excursions on split-singles with Detroit's Theorem, Himawari scatters influences from electro ("State of Grace"), dub poetry ("Illegal"), house ("Caught in This Affair"), acid ("Mysterons"), and ambient techno ("Doobie"). Still, the album isn't a radical departure; most of these inspirations are cycled through Swayzak's fondness for gorgeous, electrified, echoing synth waves. And even though Himawari has a surprising focus on vocal tracks (with featured guests Benjamin Zephaniah, Kirsty Hawkshaw, and J.B. Rose), the duo's less-is-more aesthetic still comes in loud and clear -- and sounds immediately distinctive. When the pair most closely revisit the shimmering, slinky nu-house of their debut ("Japan Air," "Leisure Centre"), the results are especially inspired. It's a bit of a shame that Swayzak moved on so quickly, but they made the transition as smooth as possible. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Illegal Swayzak 4:15
  3. 2 Kensal Rising Swayzak 4:21
  4. 3 State of Grace Swayzak 4:52
  5. 4 Leisure Centre Swayzak 5:27
  6. 5 Mysterons Swayzak 4:31
  7. 6 Doobie Swayzak 7:29
  8. 7 Caught in This Affair Swayzak 5:13
  9. 8 Japan Air Swayzak 7:54
  10. 9 Pineapple Spongecake Swayzak 5:5
  11. 10 The Frozen Loch Swayzak 5:42
  12. 11 Floyd Swayzak 7:9
  13. 12 Betek Swayzak 9:12

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