Swayzak (2 stars)

Swayzak

Some Other Country (!K7)

DUB TECH HOUSE

Swayzak have been chiselling at this face for a decade now and their latest is a sophisticated, dark and atmospheric collection. You could, however, read ‘sophisticated, dark and atmospheric’ as sharply produced but frankly bloody boring. A string of dated backroom dubs for the disenchanted Some Other Country harks back to the days when producers could apply the latest techniques to middling beats and maddening vocal mantras and profess that it meant something. Album closer ‘They Return’ features the sound of a ruler being twanged off a table, a throwback to idle primary school hands that is telling of a duo that has little to contribute.

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