by Forest SwordsForest Swords


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Like several other editions of !K7's long-running DJ-Kicks series, Forest Swords' installment is far from being a traditional, flawlessly beatmatched DJ mix. Instead, it's an eclectic selection that picks apart the producer's influences, presented in the style of someone like John Peel rather than a typical club DJ. More often than not, he'll make beatless, dreamlike transitions or loop a brief rhythmic section and tumble into the next track rather than match up tempos. The first few selections are experimental pieces that focus on shifting dynamics and floating drones, some of which may seem uncomfortably sparse at first. The beat-driven portion of the mix begins with Rhythm & Sound's "Best Friend," a minimal dub track with heartbreaking lyrics about betrayal from Love Joy. Things start to get a bit more turbulent with the crunchy, abstract drum'n'bass of "The Truths" by Tokyo Prose & Fis. After a vintage Dead Can Dance track comes an exclusive Forest Swords original, "Crow," which demonstrates how much dread and suspense he can conjure up with just a midtempo thump and a few distorted tones. The rest of the mix's midsection drifts between prickly IDM (Disjecta, Mira Calix) and complex, emotive techno (Pantha du Prince, Djrum), dovetailing into junkshop chaos with Demdike Stare's "Mnemosyne" and revisiting Orbital's all-time classic "The Box." The mix's final portion moves far away from electronic music, flipping from the arresting voices of the London Bulgarian Choir to the fragile folk of Vashti Bunyan to the captivating water drums of the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon, and while all of these pieces sound wonderful, their juxtaposition at the end of the mix sounds somewhat random. Still, as a whole, Forest Swords' DJ-Kicks is a worthwhile excursion in the genre-agnostic spirit of great free-form radio.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2018
Label: K7
UPC: 0730003736520
catalogNumber: 365
Rank: 135319

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Forest Swords   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Blaine L. Reininger   Producer
Anna Domino   Composer,Producer
David Toop   Composer,Producer
Neneh Cherry   Composer
Mark Clifford   Composer
Martin Cradick   Producer
Lisa Gerrard   Composer
Paul Hartnoll   Composer
Phil Hartnoll   Composer
Anna Homler   Composer
Brendan Perry   Composer
James Pinker   Composer
Chris Watson   Composer
Moritz von Oswald   Producer
Cameron McVey   Composer
Peter Ulrich   Composer
Mira Calix   Composer
Paul Simm   Composer
Baka Forest People   Composer
Steve Moshier   Composer
Max Richter   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Vashti   Composer
Mark Ernestus   Producer
Tom Page   Composer
Ben Page   Composer
Dessislava Stefanova   Producer
Hendrik Weber   Composer
Rupert Clervaux   Composer,Producer
Axel Boman   Remixing
Demdike Stare   Composer
Iftah Gabbai   Composer,Producer
Olaf Hilgenfeld   Composer,Producer
Andrew Hunt   Composer,Producer
Krassimir Kyurkchiyski   Composer
Matthew Barnes   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction
Kara-Lis Coverdale   Composer
Beatrice Dillon   Composer,Producer
Deena Abdelwahed   Composer,Producer
Oliver Peryman   Composer
Lubomir Grzelak   Composer
Felix Manuel   Composer,Producer
Scott Roger   Composer

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