Rob Swift
The Architect


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
September 25th, 2010 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Much obliged Nelson

The War on Terror and gay marriage aside, the major issue that polarizes the western world is without a doubt hip hop. Some say it promotes senseless violence and degrades women, which it does. Others in turn state that it highlights the problems and frustrations of poor and ignored communities, giving them a voice that otherwise wouldn’t be heard. And it does.

The inherent problem is that for every poor righteous teacher there are a thousand ignorant clowns who say nothing, but say it so loud it drowns out the wisdom. These auto tuned buffoons whining over generic Fruit Loops synths are sadly the face of modern hip hop; a Mount Rushmore of golden grills and inane grins.

X-ecutioner Rob Swift is the exception to the rule. Despite being part of one of the biggest of DJ crews, he is as far out in the leftfield of hip hop as it is possible to be. Collaborations with luminaries such as Mike Patton suggest that Swift’s musical scope goes beyond the norm, and his new album confirms it. Composed mainly of cut up classical pieces, Architect is a journey on the wheels of steel doesn’t so much respond to the critics of hip hop as obliterate them completely.
Primarily a showcase for scratching, the eighteen tracks on this work elevates the manipulation of records to the level of an art form – to the point where it becomes a compositional technique in itself. Swift pulls out all the stops, using every trick in the book to ensure that the music is always fresh, neatly avoiding the monotonous pitfalls that many instrumental albums fall into.

Just two of the songs feature guest vocals, courtesy of Breez Evahflowing (of course). Despite his inability to spell his own name, the rapper drops intelligent rhymes and does just enough to highlight the exceptional music, reminding listeners that the man behind the decks is as important as the man on the mic. And in this case, the madman jogging the vinyl roads is on fire.

As well as being prodigiously talented, Rob Swift is refreshingly modest. Lower Level, kick-started by sliced up Chuck D vocals, is a homage and eulogy to the golden age of hip hop sampling and conscious styles, before the passion turned to poison. Other tracks sampling Mozart and Mussorgsky serve as a potent reminder that radically different sounds can be brought together to form something more than the sum of its parts; in looking to the past Swift creates the future.

Beethoven’s 9th this ain’t. It is, however, a slap in the face to all those who consider hip hop to be superficial and talentless music. Here’s looking at you, Sputnik.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BigTuna
September 25th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

isn't this a 2010 release?

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Adash
September 25th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ye some buffoon put it as a 2009

BigTuna
September 25th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

video for Rabia 2nd Movement is great. album rules.



Adash
September 25th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the amount of shit you can do with turntables is unbelievable

now time for some dj qbert

BigTuna
September 25th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this review is subtly hilarious as well as well written, great job. lines like "despite his inability to spell his own name" and "The War on Terror and gay marriage aside" are great. I think I'm the only one to comment on your reviews.

Adash
September 25th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

muchas gracias

Avalanches aside, I only ever review albums that don't already have them
i.e. albums that no one knows so I never expect more than a handful of comments, but at least they're always from people with decent music taste

Might have to start doing maiden reviews to get some recognition


bloc
September 25th 2010


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Did not enjoy this album at all

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Adash
September 25th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah you're just getting it confused with architects

Inveigh
September 25th 2010


24968 Comments


cool, this sounds really interesting. review was pretty funny too

BigTuna
September 26th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why did you not like this bloc?

Dryden
September 26th 2010


12928 Comments


he doesnt like it because you like it

BigTuna
September 26th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

drydry you always say the right things

Dryden
September 26th 2010


12928 Comments


unlike some people i know

Adash
September 26th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definately the best hip hopera released this year

geng
September 26th 2010


1986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Might have to start doing maiden reviews to get some recognition"

Oh my god, do it.

BigTuna
September 26th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is addictive

Adash
September 26th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sit through an entire iron maiden album?
I just couldnt do that to myself

oh and I'd get banned from sputnik if I gave it any less than a 3.5

which i would

BigTuna
September 26th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

don't review iron maiden

Knott-
Emeritus
September 26th 2010


10195 Comments


hmmm i dunno theres only really room for 1 swift in my life

BigTuna
September 26th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey Adam what do you call a person who makes pants quickly?



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