Swell Session ‎– Swell Communications

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Freerange Records ‎– FRCD19
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1 Swell Session vs. Domu Feat. Elsa Esmeralda A Heart To Cover
Featuring – Elsa EsmeraldaPerformer, Producer – Andreas Saag, Dominic StantonVocals – Andreas Saag, Elsa Hedberg
1:58
2 Swell Session vs. Domu Feat. Elsa Esmeralda A Heart To Cover
Featuring – Elsa EsmeraldaPerformer, Producer – Andreas Saag, Dominic StantonVocals – Andreas Saag, Elsa Hedberg
4:59
3 Swell Session vs. Lyric L Feat. Anni Elif Right Off The Beat
Featuring – Anni ElifPerformer, Producer – Andreas SaagVocals – Anni EgeciogluWritten-by [Rap] – Lyric L
5:41
4 Swell Session vs. Mr. Scruff Feat. Elsa Esmeralda No No
Featuring – Elsa EsmeraldaPerformer, Producer – Andreas SaagVocals – Andy Carthy, Elsa Hedberg
5:07
5 Swell Session vs. Seiji Feat. Ernesto Prepared To Go
Featuring – ErnestoPerformer, Producer – Andreas Saag, Paul DolbyVocals – Jonatan Bäckelie
6:52
6 Swell Session vs. Kasio Feat. Hosni Boudali* Better Work That Body
Featuring – Hosni Boudali*Performer, Producer – Andreas Saag, Kim RantalaPiano – Andreas SaagSynthesizer [Bassline Additional Synths] – Kim RantalaWritten-by [Vocals] – Hosni Boudali*
5:04
7 Swell Session vs. Landslide Feat. Paul Mac Innes Had It Comin'
Performer, Producer – Andreas Saag, Tim LandVocals, Featuring – Paul Mac Innes
5:23
8 Swell Session vs. Earl Zinger Doing The Mambo In A Border Town
Performer, Producer – Andreas SaagVocals – Robert Gallagher*
4:25
9 Swell Session vs. Jimpster Feat. Elsa Esmeralda The Girl
Featuring – Elsa EsmeraldaPerformer, Producer – Andreas Saag, Jamie OdellSaxophone – Eric LiftigVocals – Elsa Hedberg
7:03
10 Swell Session vs. Simbad Feat. Escapade (3) Shine You Out
Featuring – Escapade (3)Performer, Producer – Andreas Saag, Simbad Stanislas*Vocals [Chorus Vocals By] – Jonatan Bäckelie, May WedelinWritten-by [Rap] – Emelia Kenlock, Linda Nartey
4:24
11 Swell Session vs. Capitol A Feat. Noah* This Time
Bass, Guitar – Kalle EkerothLyrics By [Rap] – Antoine GreenPerformer, Producer – Andreas SaagVocals [Chorus Vocals By], Featuring – Noah Tewolde
4:52
12 Swell Session vs. Mark De Clive-Lowe Feat. Anni Elif All Of Me
Drums [Jazz] – Efraim KentFeaturing – Anni ElifPerformer, Producer – Andreas Saag, Mark De Clive-LoweTrumpet – Nils KroghVocals – Anni Egecioglu
6:54
13 Swell Session vs. Masa* Masa's Theme
Performer, Producer – Andreas SaagSaxophone – Masato Nakamura, Paul LachenardièreVocals – Andreas Saag, Elsa Hedberg, Paula Sannerholm
5:54

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scoundrel

scoundrel

October 26, 2013

Andreas Saag returns to Freerange Records as Swell Session, and his collaborations on SWELL COMMUNICATIONS are, well, swell. "A Heart to Cover For" starts the album off on a romantic note, and "Right Off the Bat" shuffles in some catty hip-hop, while Mr. Scruff brings his trademark jazz-hop to "No No." You can definitely hear the collaborator's influence here: Seiji and Landslide each lends broken beat, Earl Zinger offers his strange spoken-word creation of "Doing The Mambo In A Border Town," and Jimpster sweeps in with deep house on "The Girl." Some of the raps might not be everyone's cup of tea, but everyone will appreciate the slow beauty and build of "All of Me" or the electronic-jazz fusion of "Masa's Theme." A nice and varied collection.
Risingson

Risingson

December 6, 2012
This looked like a broken beat swan song when it was released, and it still seems a bit so: the man that also released "Stateless - art of no state", a very fine downtempo album, joined with nearly every broken beat or broken beat friendly producer available and with their vocalists to put a bunch of songs that are a letter of love to the style. Domu and Elsa Esmeralda start with a hip hop style which reminds me of the Nicola Kramer (wonderful) compositions produced by Domu, though I miss his crazy keyboards.

Lyric L, you know, the rapper behind the biggest Seiji hit, joins in another catchy hip hop tune, and the swedish wonder Elsa returns for one of the better songs in the album, produced by Mr Scruff, where the mix of jazzy disco-pop and modern production works wonderfully. It has more similarities to Mr Scruff than to Andreas, by the way.

The Seiji track is the most pure broken beat one and a pure celebration of the style. With a rhythm pattern that is pure Bugz in the attic, there is syncopation everywhere, rhodes, and a very catchy chorus. One of my favourites too.

But then the vocals start to detract. Elsa Esmeralda shines everywhere she sings and the Simbad coproduction is another good broken tune, but the Capitol A rapping sounds tired. Two beautiful productions end the album, one with the piano sounds from the talented Mark de Clive-Lowe and another which is Saag himself... but as it happens with most of those albums, the only thing that is clear is that the production is very crisp, very good, spectacular, but the composition isn't as inspired. There are very few risks there, the hip hop tunes sound too comercial and bland, some vocal tunes do not work. At the end you find yourself admiring the talent, but really liking only some part of it (the first songs). Something that, sadly, was common in broken beat albums.