Swayzak ‎– Himawari

Medicine Label ‎– MED9616-2
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Illegal
Vocals – Benjamin Zephaniah
2 Kensai Rising 4:22
3 State Of Grace
Vocals – Kirsty Hawkshaw
4 Leisure Centre
Vocals – Athena Constantine
5 Mysterons 4:31
6 Doobie 7:30
7 Caught In This Affair
Vocals – JB Rose
8 Japan Air 7:56
9 Pineapple Spongecake 5:08
10 The Frozen Loch 5:42
11 Floyd 7:13
12 Betek 9:12

Barcode and Other Identifiers

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

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
498646-1 Swayzak Himawari(2x12", Album) Medicine Label 498646-1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
498646 2 Swayzak Himawari(CD, Album) Medicine Label 498646 2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
XPCD1288 Swayzak Himawari(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Medicine Label XPCD1288 UK 2000 Sell This Version


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January 12, 2018

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.


November 30, 2002

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.