This year Avantgarde celebrates its 15th year with a collection of CDs produced by some of its favorite artists. Swayzak presents Serieculture, the first in this series, is a two CD set including a collection of unreleased and super rare Swayzak tracks matched with a live vinyl mix crafted by Roger 23 at his studio in Saarbrücken.
David Brown and Swayzak whose sounds fill our day and I mean everyday. Roger 23 for his blood sweat and tears making a beautiful live mix filled with rare tracks from two continents. Jennifer Massett, !K7 Records, for her guidance and introductions. All of the labels and artists that have let us use their tracks.
Their first release was in 1997 Bueno/Fukumachi, was well received and the follow up Speedboat/Low Res Skyline was deemed a classic by many Trainspotters! They then went on to record Snowboarding in Argentina a long playing deep and minimal house must have. Since then Swayzak have never looked back and still enjoy making music as an alternative to working.
Having released five artist albums, two DJ compilations and several other projects, Swayzak never shy away from making music, but often take a laid back approach hence their new album Route de la Slack, a double CD of remixes and rarities which came out March 20th, 2006 on !K7 Records.
While Taylor - runs the 240 Volts abel and records his own material under name “Darkfarmer” and James Taylor. Brown plays most weekends with percussionist Francesco Brini as Swayzak and DJ Roger 23 as Swayzak Soundsystem. He is also running Voltmusik label and planning a new venture with Roger 23!
Brun and Roger “23” Reuter met in Saarbrücken, Germany in 1998, where Roger co-owns the Hardwax record store. Strutting around town, Brun and his Swayzak partner, James, came across the store as it closed but promised to return the next day to explore new music. On their return Roger introduced them to some fine, and strange music. Likewise he had never heard of Swayzak, and hence became one of their biggest supporters. They have remained friends and collaborators ever since.
Initially they began as Swayzak Soundsysytem, playing Fabric’s room three for up to 8 hours at a time. The Soundsystem idea was a way of DJing together, but felt they need a different identity to match the music they played, minimal house to bizarre 80’s obscura together with Detroit techno, electro, and heavy dub. They are never shy to throw in an old Italo classic or of course the Human League. The Serieculture DJ’s are different from many. Discerning with their taste in music, it is a back to back, ping pong DJ set, each record a challenge to the other! Designed to lay pressure on the dance floor and reminiscent of old Jamaican sound systems, chaos can be the order!
Roger 23 releases through Swayzak’s 240 Volts, Voltmusik and Germany’s Playhouse Records. Brun, one half of Swayzak releases thru !K7 Records, and runs the label Voltmusik. They have just released their first studio collaboration Old Man Sorrow on Voltmusik (vmk006).
Regulars at Fabric, London, Pressure, Glasgow, Watergate, Berlin, and Babylon, Istanbul, they also played cities and festivals from Antwerp, Amsterdam, Bari, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Funchal, Ghent, Lausanne, and Vicenza, to name but a few.
01 // Big Eck
02 // Heat Inside
03 // Straight Outta Ginza
04 // Layer 5
05 // Sunblind
06 // Mike Schmike
07 // Subway Travel (Zone 1-4)
01 // Even Tuell - Pretty Bonita (St. Raiders Mix) - Out To Lunch Records
02 // Arovane - Leev - FWD/Eevo Lute Muzique
03 // Petetok - Hand (Todd Sines Mix) - Kodaira Tracks
04 // Jesse Saunders - Funk You Up (Beats) - Trax Records
05 // Napi Hedz (Featuring Sachin Chitnis) - Raga Paramananda - Psychostasia Recordings
06 // DJ Jus-Ed - I'm From Connecticut… Bridgeport… Man - Underground Quality
07 // Joseph - Love Never Fails (Gods Grace Mix) - Next Dimension Music
08 // Sensory Productions - Deep Introspection - Luxury Service Records
09 // Virgo - Go Wild Rhythm Trax - Casablanca Trax Inc.
10 // Blackman - Beat That Bitch With A Bat - Casablanca Trax Inc
11 // Swayzak - Another Way (Darkfarmer Original Mix) - Westbury Music Ltd
12 // Zweikarakter - My Refresh -Playtracks
13 // Bruno Pronsato - The River - Hello Repeat
14 // Shockt - Slo-Mo - Yeah
15 // Schubert - ~[S2]~ - Statik Entertainment
16 // D-Man - Hydro 1 - Source Records
17 // Sebo K. - Too Hot - Mobilee Records
18 // Mathew Jonson - Re-Wire - Itiswhatitis Recordings
19 // V.a. - Trash I Love - Gone Records
20 // Africans With Mainframes - Save The Robots - Mathematics Recordings
21 // J.T.C. - My Muddy Melody - Mathematics Recordings