Published Mar 21, 2014It's right there in the name. When Detroit Swindle released their debut EP, Nothing Else Matters, in 2012, it was more than apparent from where the Amsterdam duo drew their musical influence. On Boxed Out, their first full-length, Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets branch off slightly from their steely Detroit techno-inspired sound, incorporating gooey Chicago house throbbing rhythms and U.K. garage-styled soul into the album's sprawling 13-song track list.
That said, Detroit Swindle seem to be content giving the listener a niche-view of throwback electronica, keeping the BPMs high and perpetual on tracks like the rolling-bass disco strut of "Me, Myself & You" and the diva-sampled, keyboard-kissed "Shotgun." Unfortunately, guest vocalists like Mayer Hawthorne and Ghanaian-Canadian R&B songstress Sandra Amarie dampen the album's otherwise blazing flow.
Of course, Boxed Out will undoubtedly be compared to Disclosure's groundbreaking LP, Settle, giving Detroit Swindle a bit of framework into their always-grand/sometimes-reaching aspirations. (Dirt Crew Recordings)