Review: Following a run of vinyl-only EPs on Automatic Writing, Negentropy and Butter Side Up, Sweely returns to the digital domain via his first EP for Distant Hawaii for over two years. He kicks things off by lacing distant female vocal samples and ultra-deep chords over a techno-tempo speed garage beat on "You Can Try This", before wrapping squelching, acid-style electronics and doom-laden chords around a bouncy drums on "Feeling Cozy". The four-to-the-floor garage influences return on the Grant Nelson-doing-deep house flex of "I Do It Naturally", while closing cut "The Never Ending Groove" is a pleasingly elastic jog through jazzy deep house territory.
Review: Concrete club resident Sweely is fast becoming one of France's most talked-about DJ/producers. The hype is partly based on his club-rocking skills, but also on the quality of his on-point productions. This latest excursion on Lobster Theremin is shamelessly floor-friendly in tone, with the young Frenchman effortlessly joining the dots between acid house, bass-heavy UK house and garage, and more soulful U.S deep house flavours. Check, in particular, the throbbing, lo-fi bounce of "You Don't Really Want Me", where ragged acid lines and soulful vocal samples wrap around a bustling groove, and the bombastic, breakbeat-driven peak-time assault that is "Stronger Than Me". Elsewhere, he finds time to flit between TB-303 abuse and Rhodes playing on "Acid City" and indulges his love of blazed, hip-hop style beatmaking via closer "You Do".
Review: The Nice, France based producer and live act William Montana aka Sweely has appeared previously on dtape and La Chinerie and now on Lobster Theremin sub label Distant Hawaii. On the All The Reasons EP, he starts out with the lush title track; a deep and dusty tribute to the Kenny Dixon Jr sound with sultry Rhodes, rusty rhythms and a hypnotic vocal refrain. "Around" is a more straight up affair, bouncy and jackin' around in loopy fashion like the best of Motor City Drum Ensemble's Raw Cuts series. On the flip, we've got "Yes He Is", geared more for the late night on this evocative and bittersweet number relying on dubbier elements while "Blue Faces" gets stuck right into the known LT vibe with its overdriven/tape saturated aesthetic. Retaining the sombre dubbed out sounds as heard previously but expressed in more more vividly emotive fashion.