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Detroit Swindle – Boxed Out. Album Review

Kono Vidovic July 29, 2014 111

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Detroit Swindle – Boxed Out.

With this Debut Album of our dutch pride Detroit Swindle i can really speak from the heart, there is not even one track on it that i don’t like, every single track is something to write about, but let;s just keep it simple, remember less is more right? Word that describe this album the best are, Summer, laidback, soulfull, discofied, deep house, pure music made with passion. here and there some vocals that bring you to an higher level. This is Deep House Pur Sang and believe it or not these two guys are going to have a very bright musical future ahead, keep an eye out for them and in the mean time listen to Boxed Out. 😉

Check out the album and the press release down here.

Buy “Boxed Out” now!


Beatport: www.beatport.com/release/boxed-out/1259468

whatpeopleplay.com: www.whatpeopleplay.com/albumdetails/…-Out/id/86755

Traxsource: traxsource.com/title/297201/boxed-out


Juno Download: www.junodownload.com/products/detro…ut/2433316-02/

Order CD and Vinyl Here :

Decks Records


Release Party :
Event : www.facebook.com/events/772496869444668/

Detroit Swindle | Boxed Out | The Debut Album

Out 24 March 2014

01 B.Y.O.
02 64 Ways feat. Mayer Hawthorne
03 Me, Myself & You
04 Thoughts of She
05 Monkey Wrench
06 Shotgun
07 Center of Gravity feat. Sandra Amarie
08 For the Love of…
09 The Fat Rat
10 He’s Just This Guy, You Know?
11 Huh, What!
12 F6
13 You, Me, Here, Now

The Debut Album by Detroit Swindle. It has everything you would expect from the Swindles, some slow burners with a hint of disco, some deep house, some banging club monsters and hey, even some leftfield hip hop jams.

The album opens with “B.Y.O.”, a track that balances nicely between the DS shuffle and an old school New York style block party. The track is a taste of things to come for the rest of the album, hinting towards a big party vibe, but mellow enough to make it a really interesting listen.

The one thing Detroit Swindle are known for best is their knack for picking the right vocals. For Boxed Out, they came up with some perfect partnerships. They recorded “64 Ways” with none other than one of America’s finest soul singers: Mayer Hawthorne. Being a fan of their sound he proposed to do a track together in return for a remix on one of his album originals to be released in 2014. “64 Ways” has a lazy shuffle, a bunch of catchy rhodes chords and few well placed layers of synths that give this track a hint of “Detroit Experiment”, wrapped up in an almost poppy house jam.

One of the other vocal tracks is “Thoughts of She”, that effortlessly samples the voice of UK soul singer Alice Russel from the track “Pushin’ on” by “The Quantic Soul Orchestra”. There’s also the gorgeous track “Center of Gravity” that has Berlin based, Ghanese-Canadian soul singer Sandra Amarie on vocals. It’s particularly this track that reflects the true spirit of Detroit Swindle’s music, a mixture of soul and UK garage meets Detroit house slowed down to a sexy groove with some of their trademark pads and stabs.

They pushed themselves to explore different tempos as well, which not only resulted on some slow house burners, but also in 2 hip hop tracks. “For the Love of…” is a homage to the old school sounds of “J. Dilla”, “A tribe called Quest” and “The Pharcyde”, combining off-beat shuffles, a gritty bass line and a warm cut-up soul sample. “You, Me, Here, Now” is almost a love song, disguised in a s(w)ing-a-long down tempo type of track. It’s one of those “one more tune” kinda tunes.

So there’s hip hop, there’s soulful vocals, but It just wouldn’t be a Detroit Swindle album without a few bangers on it. “Huh, What!”, “Shotgun”, “The Fat Rat” and “He’s Just This Guy, You Know?” are all relentless dance floor monsters, pushing the tempo to match old school Chicago and New York house cuts from the late 80’s and early 90’s.

With these tracks “Boxed Out” has a great combination of gritty percussions, hot vocals and catchy chords and it is exactly this recipe that has become the much-loved trademark of Detroit Swindle’s house universe. The album has a little bit of everything in exactly the right dose, making it both a good listen, and an extremely infectious club album.

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