Before I read anything about swelo I had just listened to his release Escalator Music and thought to myself that the album had to have a team of people behind it. The production is slick as it blends genres such as rap, rock, electronic, funk and more. It utilizes samples, organic instrumentation and everything else in between to create a fun-filled album that is perfect for your next house party. To my surprise swelo is actually just made up of one guy from New Orleans whose day job is a math teacher and who makes all of his music in his bedroom.
The album starts out with a brief intro called “Like That,” which combines someone scatting and a bossa nova inspired groove that will immediately get your attention and keep you there for the incredibly addictive “Country Road.” The song combines different vocal styles; the first voice we are introduced to sounds similar to the childlike vocals you heard on the single “D.A.N.C.E” from Justice a couple years ago. It then transitions to a straight up rap that is backed up by a beat that combines a number of disparate elements like soft electronic piano, a big bass sound and handclaps. It is a masterful song that displays some of swelo’s best qualities.
All Alone” is just as good and continues to have a party vibe that will keep the good times rolling. The dance beat, synths and bass provide an ample amount of energy for the silk smooth vocals to provide the harmony. Swelo also can get experimental at times as he shows us on “D&H.” This one isn’t a thumper but instead an experimental song that sets you up in a 1970’s lounge that has one too many lava lamps. Another highlight off the album is “IDGAF,” which is a dance number that again has a great vocal performance that combines flowing rhymes as well as singing. The song features multiple changes but never feels rushed. Just enough to keep you interested.
This album is one helluva a party and will fit nicely next to my records from Justice, MGMT and Girl Talk.
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