Sweatson Klank: Elevate Me (EP, Clear 12 Inch, Digital)
With over ten years’ experience in the music game, including three full length albums and a slew of EPs, Sweatson Klank – formerly known as Take – is one of L.A’s longest standing producers working at the periphery of hip hop and electronic music, a man who had a direct hand in shaping L.A’s beat scene in the 00s through the Sketchbook night alongside Kutmah. Whether or not you’ve heard his music before you’ll n have felt the impact of his work. After a two-year hiatus Sweatson Klank returns with the Elevate Me EP on Project Mooncircle, five tracks that further cement him as one of the nicest and most articulate producers in the game today.
Elevate Me is both a departure from Sweatson’s previous output and a continuation of what has made him a unique voice in L.A’s thriving instrumental hip hop and electronic scene. From the opener Always You the bar is set high with music that could only come from someone with musical savoir faire born of experience and hard work. The music is intricate and playful, the rhythms are hard to resist and the melodies perfectly match the uplifting mood, qualities that are carried throughout the EP.
Own almost feels like a band is playing yet it’s all coming from one man’s mind. The track references both Sweatson’s hip hop lineage and a deep understanding of the emotional potentials of electronic dance music. The tempo might surprise you at first but once you let the music take you in you’ll be pressing play again in no time.
I Can’t Explain is an ode to Sweatson’s love of hip hop, of the beat. The crunchy breaks will make your head nod before you’ve even realised it while the melodies and samples evoke images of sunny, lazy L.A days.
All of these ideas are further explored on My Love Is Here where certain tropes of popular dance music are put to use in a way that is rarely heard today. Instead of being the all-consuming focus of the song, the bass is used to reinforce the rhythmic foundations and combined with a beautifully emotive vocal sample that can seem jarring at first yet makes perfect sense. There is a subtlety to the music that really shines through on repeated listens.
In Between closes proceedings, winding things down with a smoother mood that’s still full of musical intricacies. Combining melancholic vocal samples with uplifting melodies and intricate rhythms, Sweatson manages to push through emotions that seem to burst out of the music, rendering any discussion of genre or style irrelevant.
Elevate Me is genuine, honest music born of emotions and offered to the listener with no disguise. It’s subtle and beautiful and it lets Sweatson Klank’s experience shine through in a way that will no doubt appeal to both old and new listeners. Jump aboard and let yourself be taken on a ride.
Written, produced and mixed by Tom Wilson.
Mastered by Sven Friederichs | A&R: Gordon Gieseking & Laurent Fintoni.
Original Drawing by Marcus Gunnar Pettersson. Design and typo by Gordon Gieseking.
Release date: May, 4th. Limited edition clear transparent vinyl!.
Excerpts of press or air play outcomes:
XLR8R April 16th, 2012 feature, stream and download of the song Always You – LISTEN/READ. Navator April 8th, 2012 feature – READ. Playground Magazine April 19th, 2012 feature – READ. XFM April 21, 2012 Mary Anne Hobbs with the song Always You – LISTEN. BBC6 May 19, 2012 Gilles Peterson with the song Always You – LISTEN. Deftune Music Blog April 12th, 2012 feature of the song Always You – READ. 90BPM.COM April 16th, 2012 feature of the song Always You – READ. Finest Ego April 16th, 2012 feature of the song Always You – READ. Groove Merchants – April 15th, 2011 hosted by Valentin Menedetter with the song My Love Is Here – LISTEN. Campus Paris – May 5th, 2011 Amplitude with the song My Love Is Here – LISTEN. XFM May, 5th 2012 Mary Anne Hobbs with the song I Can’t Explain – LISTEN. XLR8R May, 9th 2012 review – READ. Juice FM / Tru Thoughts Radio May, 6th 2012 Robert Luis with the song My Love Is Here – LISTEN. M94,5 May, 3rd 2012 Bassport with the song My Love Is Here – LISTEN. Seattles KBCS 91.3 FM May, 4th 2012 City Soul Radio show with the song Always You – LISTEN. Juno Download Charts May, 20th 2012 by Submerse with the song I Can’t Explain – LISTEN. Cyclic Defrost May, 16th 2012 review – READ. Donky X Hivemind Vol 20 May, 10th 2012 Hosted by Slugabed with the song Own – LISTEN. Radio Fritz April, 28th 2012 Nightflight with the song I Can’t Explain – LISTEN. Ego FM May, 21 2012 Ego Trippin with the song I Can’t Explain / Always You – LISTEN. Rhythm Incursions June 9th 2012 Hosted by Laurent Fintoni with the song In Between – LISTEN. Play FM May 29th 2012 Bogaloo Radio show with the song I Can’t Explain – LISTEN. 100.7 FM Lyon, France June 12th 2012 The Greed radio show with the song I Can’t Explain – LISTEN. MOOVMNT July 19th, 2012 feature and stream of the song I Can’t Explain – LISTEN/READ.
DJ / Artist Comments:
Love this EP (Mary Anne Hobbs – XFM – UK)
Feeling the vibes, great fresh sounding beats and sounds that keep you shaking..! (James Barrie – Audio Texture Radio Show – Spain)
Sounds dope! (Danny Breaks – Droppin’ Science – UK)
That’ a niceee record!! (Mamiko Motto – NTS – UK)
I got as far as “My love is here”..i have to keep pulling this one back,its amazing!
Will definitely be supporting this in my sets and on sensei.fm (Ben Dolo – Sensei.FM – UK)
Big vibes on this one, looking forward to playing on radio / out. (Dark Sky – Various – UK)
EPIC! (Chrissy Murderbot – Planet Mu/Various – UK)
FCKIN BRILLANT !! LOVE THIS. (Simbad – Raw Fusion/GAMM/Brownswood/Various – Worldwide)
Lovely evolution from the man Take, one of the unsung heroes of the early beat shit subtlely catching with the last stuff and taking it to his own lawn definetly playing this, thanks! (Mwëslee – Arkestra Discos/Rush Hour/Various – UK)
Verrrry nice! (Hackman – RAMP/Various – UK)
Amazing stuff. Way more focused than previous things i’ve heard. Loving the step up. Always You is the one for me. Massive track. Also loving Can’t Explain but got lost a bit on In Between because it just sounds a little too familiar (which is not what I was expecting from a Sweatson record at all…..) BIG UPS (Luke/Typesun – Futureboogie/FallingUp/Soul Motive/Passion Radio – Bristol)
Pretty interesting vibe. Inbetween hiphop beats and post dubstep… interesting enough and good to give it a couple spins (Lefto – Brownswood/Brussels FM – Belgium)
More really amazing work from Mr Klank, of course!! Sick! (Kid Kanevil – First Word/Temp Clash/Various – UK)
I really like it, can be played on the radio + club. (Ahu – Dynamo Radio/Dolly/Brownswood/Various – UK)
Really quality EP – didn’t know the artist, will be digging into them more…top release. (David Martin – Modern Amusment/VOX/Dimensions Festival – Leeds)
This sounds very hot. Will support on my radio show. (Red Rack’em – Smugglers Inn/Bergerac/NTS – UK/Berlin)
Like this a lot! (LV – Hyperdub/Various – UK)
Thanks! Wicked ep!! (Martin Collins – R&R A&R/Apollo Records/Various – USA)
This one is a right wee gem though…sweet as production and hard to pick a fave cut for sure…both Always You and I Can’t stand out and the whole thing is packed with lush, lovely idea and tones….healthy! (George/Underground Solu’shun – Edinburgh)
Loving every Project Mooncircle release. In Between and Always you are my favorites on this one. (Dazboy – RTE Pulse Radio/Various – Ireland)
Love me some Take – and now some Sweatson Klank. Really feeling tracks like ´Always You´ and ´Own´ so they´ll fit my show.. Will play on my radio show! (DJ AIS-T – Music People/Basso Radio – Finland)
Absolutely class release. The kind of electronic music i Like.. deep, mellow and
dreamy… release by one of my favorite labels (Angel Mishev – Groovy Sessions Radio Show/ReelFeel Club Night –Sofia/Bulgaria)
Damn good quality Ep – I shall be playing lots of this ep. “Own” featured on last week’s show. (Simon Harrison – Basic Soul/Various – UK)
Nice collection all round. (Dj A La Fu – VaVa/Big Dada Records/Radio Magnetic/Various clubs – Scotland)
Fantastic Ep…playing it loads…quality. (Toob/Red Snapper – Various – UK)
In my opinion this sounds better than 95% of all the beats coming out nowadays. Well thought out concept, executed flawlessly! (Nils – MOOVMNT – NL)
|B03||I Can't Explain|
|B04||My Love Is Here|