Hi-Fi Companions ‎– Swingers In Paradise

Backroom Beats ‎– BBEAT005CD
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Tracklist Hide Credits

1 I Croon On Ermine 6:16
2 Strange Rampage 8:20
3 Skyclad 5:43
4 Thrill Seeker 6:13
5 A Night In Timisoara
Guitar, Synthesizer – Ed WynneWritten-By – Wynne*
6 Orgazmonaut 6:00
7 Swingers In Paradise 7:23
8 Dr Phibes
Scratches – Will White
9 Bin Liner 5:26
10 Amoria 7:45
11 The Livin' End 6:16

Companies, etc.


  • DesignKitrocket
  • Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Sampler, Theremin, ShenaiMerv Pepler
  • Synthesizer, Saxophone, Flute, Arranged By [Strings Arrangments], Electronic Wind Instrument [WX7]Steve Jolliffe
  • Written-ByPepler*, Jolliffe* (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 7, 9)


Recorded and mixed at S4 and LAB UFO studios at various points between 2001-2003... All tracks published by copyright control.
Distributed in UK by SRD.

℗ & © 2003 Twisted Records Ltd.
Made in E.E.C.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 30883 01025 6
  • Barcode (String): 630883010256
  • Label Code: LC 02112
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): IMPRESS BBEAT005CD 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0430
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): IMPRESS BBEAT005CD 02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0418

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December 18, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Backroom Beat Recordings is the chilled side label of Twisted Records. With this label, they are focusing on a great variation of styles within a chilled tempo. We have already got great variation of chill on the Backroom Beats compilations, jazzy chill on the Electroslide album and Arabic chill on the Toires album. Here they are out with a new album by a duo called Hi-Fi Companions, which is Merv Pepler, known as Eat Static, and Steve Joliffe, who has worked with Tangerine Dream. Steve is a very experienced musician who has made music since the 70’s, and has now surprisingly made an album with Merv who is more into the modern sound of electronic music.

This album is very inspired by the 50’s and 60’s Swing music, mixed with modern lounge and chill out style. The first track is very jazzy, with several voice samples and various instruments. Especially saxophone is used a lot in many of these tracks. Relaxing, happy lounge music. Track 2 has a bit more playful rhythms and some beautiful floating vibes. Electronic sounds and melodies mixed with flute etc. Track 3 goes a bit more weird. I’m sure Steve has had a lot to do with this one. Very chilled, with some sort of dramatic vibe. Several of these tracks reminds me of other artists that has made electronic music influenced by the 50’s and 60’s, like the Norwegian group Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band... Track 6 has more of the jazzy lounge vibes. Very pleasant for home listening, with a lot of variation and surprising twists. Track 5 has a nice housey down tempo rhythm, a female vocal, some pan flute, acoustic guitar, a beautiful synth melody and much more. Definitely one of my favourite tracks on this album.

Track 6 goes back to total slow, floating vibes again. Beautiful sounds and melodies. These tracks are not of the psychedelic kind, but very organic and instrumental. Track 7 starts slow and mystic. This has the album title, and is also the best track on this album in my opinion. This is just so relaxing! A chilled down tempo rhythm, some piano, saxophone and some vocals, all floating perfect together in a jazzy lounge vibe. This one was also released on the Another Life compilation on BNE in 2002. Track 8 goes over to a more dubby vibe, with heavier dub rhythms. The sound picture we get here is pretty weird and mystic. They have also mixed in some eastern vibes. Track 9 has a lot of playful rhythms again. You almost get some kind of samba feeling with this track. There are also some mystic sounds and melodies in there that goes over to a weird and happy sound picture. Track 10 is a pure housey longe track. Groovy rhythms, laid back melodies and a few vocals. The last track we get here is a pure jazzy track, but with a lot of variation and influences from various music styles. This one was also released on the Earth Octave Lounge compilation on Interchill Records in 2002.

This album is very varied, perfect for your chill out at home or elsewhere. Not of the psychedelic kind, but very organic and experimental. Lounge music can often sound a bit simple and boring, but these guys manages to make it sound much more interesting.