Swimpigs, a trio now based in San Francisco, has released
their first cd, "Mutant Jazz." If you like acid jazz, you will
want to purchase this disc (and I am not claiming to know much
about different forms of jazz except I like what I like). They
have created a "mutant" form of jazz that incorporates elements of
jazz and infused it with rap, hip hop and ska elements.
"Sqweek" starts the album off on a very jazzy note, then comes
to a pause as the darker sounds of "punk babes on ice" start to
filter in. Midsong, they seem to change their style easily and
then go back to the themes they had started with. On this album,
they have a rap group, Numbs, rap on two of the songs. Personally,
I don't like rap and felt that the music alone was enjoyable.
The members of this group used to be in a ska band, Swim
Herschel Swim, and that time with that band has definitely matured
their talents and sounds. They have created a very enjoyable album
that is easy to listen to and keeps your fingers and feet tapping keeps your fingers and feet tapping.
Rumor has it that a major label has heard this album and signed
them on. If you hear they are in a town near you (and they play
San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake), you should go see them play
live. During their shows, people get up and start moving, and when
they improvise their songs become more lively and interesting.
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