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This London based deep dub-house duo got their moniker from a bastardization of actor Patrick Swayze's name, wanting something memorable but not immediately recognizable. This description also applies to their general approach to music: distinctive and not easily classified. Though James Taylor and David Brown began playing together in 1994, they spent three years studying their instruments and recording techniques in their basement studio. When a friend finally urged them into making their music public, 1997's Bueno EP emerged on their own Swayzak label, which the group also ran on their own. The success and critical acclaim that Bueno and the group's following singles met with were doubly surprising, as Swayzak had very little connection with the London DJ scene. A chance meeting in a London record shop sparked the group's distribution deal with Medicine records for their debut album, 1998's Snowboarding in Argentina. The full-length collection of the group's clean, atmospheric live electronics also met with acclaim in dance circles, although by this time their creativity and independence was no longer a surprise. Mixer voted Snowboarding in Argentina the 1998 Album of the Year, furthering the duo's recognition in the U.S. Following a collaboration with the Detroit techno artist Theorem, Swayzak released Himawari and cashed in on their growing acclaim within the global electronic music scene. The brave album featured ambitious collaborations with dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, Opus III vocalist Kirsty Hawkshaw, and vocalist JB Rose. Dirty Dancing, released in 2002, found the duo adding more elements of pop, and 2004's Loops From the Bergerie saw the first vocal features from Swayzak's David Brown. ~ Heather Phares
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  6.   Silent Luv
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  8.   Mysterons
  9.   Betek
  10.   Caught in This Affair
  11.   Take My Hand
  12.   Buffalo Seven
  13.   Bueno
  14.   Pineapple Sponge Cake
  15.   Fukumachi
  16.   Cone
  17.   Evil Dub
  18.   French Dub
  19.   L.O.9.V.E
  20.   Leisure Centre
  21.   The Punk Era
  22.   In the Car Crash
  23.   Blocks
  24.   Burma Heights
  25.   Speedboat
  26.   Deep East
  27.   Mike Schmike
  28.   Sunblind
  29.   Layer 5
  30.   Straight Outta Ginza
  31.   Heat Inside
  32.   Big Eck
  33.   Serie1
  34.   Mr Fukumachi
  35.   DIN
  36.   Hectical
  37.   Goose
  38.   Low Res Skyline
  39.   Hebrew Dub
  40.   Slip Pip
  41.   Ikea
  42.   Hof Ter Lo
  43.   Claktronic
  44.   Distress and Calling
  45.   By the Rub of Love
  46.   They Return
  47.   Quiet Life
  48.   Pukka Bumbles
  49.   I Love a Lassie
  50.   Grace's State
  51.   Slave to the Hard Drive
  52.   Changes featuring Systemwide
  53.   Human by Mighty Math
  54.   Experimental Child featuring Bergheim 34
  55.   Random Access Memory
  56.   Tic Toc
  57.   Fantomas
  58.   The Long Night
  59.   Speak Easy
  60.   8080
  61.   Snowblind
  62.   Jeune Loup
  63.   My House
  64.   Bergerie
  65.   Keep It Coming
  66.   Wavemail
  67.   Form Is Emptiness
  68.   I Dance Alone
  69.   Devil of Rotations
  70.   The Frozen Loch
  71.   Japan Air
  72.   State of Grace
  73.   Kensal Rising
  74.   Illegal
  75.   Easy
  76.   Scotland Yard
  77.   Low-Rez Skyline
  78.   Skin Diving
  79.   Lokal
  80.   Blufarm
  81.   Serie4
  82.   Winter Boys
  83.   Ease My Mind
  84.   Ping Pong
  85.   Subway Travel (Zone 1-4)
  86.   Floyd
  87.   So Cheap
  88.   Don't Quit Please
  89.   Sonata for Petra featuring George Sarah
  90.   Smoke on the Water featuring Señor Coconut
  91.   Sob 1
  92.   Serie3
  93.   Kilburn High Road
  94.   Toir
  95.   Saints
  96.   Like A Lucy Man
  97.   Vascular Shunt
  98.   Then There's Her
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  101.   Halfway to Yesterday
  102.   If I Didn't Care
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