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Swayzak - Himawari Album

  • Performer: Swayzak
  • Title: Himawari
  • Size MP3 ver: 2457 mb
  • Size FLAC ver: 2497 mb
  • Country: US
  • Date of release: 11 Jul 2000
  • Style: Electro, Minimal, Tech House
  • # Catalog: MED9616-2
  • Label: Medicine Label
  • Rating: 4.0 of 5
  • Genre: Electronic
Swayzak - Himawari Album


Vocals – Benjamin Zephaniah
3State Of Grace
Vocals – Kirsty Hawkshaw
4The Frozen Loch5:42
5Pineapple Spongecake5:08
6Kensai Rising4:22
7Japan Air7:56
10Caught In This Affair
Vocals – JB Rose
11Leisure Centre
Vocals – Athena Constantine


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
498646-1Swayzak Himawari ‎(2x12", Album)Medicine Label498646-1UK2000
498646 2Swayzak Himawari ‎(CD, Album)Medicine Label498646 2UK2000
XPCD1288Swayzak Himawari ‎(CD, Album, Promo, Car)Medicine LabelXPCD1288UK2000
498646-1Swayzak Himawari ‎(2x12", Album, W/Lbl)Medicine Label498646-1UK2000


  • Barcode (Printed): 6 04557 96162 5
  • Barcode (Scanned): 0604557961625


Comments (2)

For HIMAWARI, Swayzak's second album, the get slightly poppier, introducing vocals, like the dub poetics of "Illegal." But the quality is unchanged, and if anything, the melodies are even more catchy. The immediacy of the bass on "Kensai Rising" is infectious and the looped vocal sample exhorts you to start moving, while Kirsty Hawkshaw brings a coolness to the electro twinkle of "State of Grace." A smooth darkness slides over "Leisure Centre," while "Mysterons" keep the electro thick and moody. "Doobie" keeps the rhythm at a gallop, and the house side of their leanings comes to fruition on "Caught in This Affair," a joyous track that's almost impossible to deny. But "Japan Air" returns to the melodic tech-dub, and "Pineapple Spongecake" digs in deeper and darker. And in a sudden switch, "The Frozen Loch" turns poetic and dreamy, bringing forth the breaks after the recitation. "Floyd" returns us the rhythms, and "Betek" closes the album crisply and cleanly. A stunningly good album.
If you're into the 'basic channel sound', you'd be glad to check out the works of Swayzak. Minimalistic and sometimes dubby four to the flour techno beats, but always arranged with beautiful warm synth sweeps on top. It even gets better when Swayzak includes vocalists, like in 'coaght in this affair', which is more like a deep, warm pulsating house track.
I consider Himawari a 5 star review.

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