Innovative London duo Swayzak, composed of James Taylor and David Brown, will take to clubs and art galleries for a North American summer tour starting Friday.
The 12-city tour in support of their forthcoming second LP, Himawari, due July 11 will begin in Austin, Texas, and wrap up July 30 in Portland, Ore. Swayzak will be performing live at all dates.
Joining the duo on various dates will be Detroit techno legend Juan Atkins, fellow Detroit DJ/producer Stacey Pullen and San Francisco DJ/producer Robbie Hardkiss.
Taylor and Brown's single "Speedboat/Low Res Skyline" (RealAudio excerpt), released in 1997 on their own Swayzak label, was an underground hit and made the duo a name to watch because of the variety of styles incorporated into their sound, from deep house and ambient dub to thumping techno and warm analog textures.
Their critically acclaimed debut album, 1998's Snowboarding in Argentina, combined a dancefloor aesthetic with a depth suitable for the chill-out room. A mini-LP of remixes and hip-hop-style breakbeats, titled Snooploops and Sneakbeats, followed later that year, and a collaborative EP with Detroit minimal-techno producer Theorem (born Dale Lawrence) was released earlier this year.
Himawari, which includes the track "Doobie" (RealAudio excerpt), delves further into the duo's inclusive musical approach, with each song seemingly representative of a new style, from electro and deep electronic dub to banging house and sugary ambient techno.
Swayzak tour dates:
June 30; Austin, Texas; Pulse (with Atkins and Pullen)
July 6; Atlanta, Ga.; Nomenclature Museum
July 9; Philadelphia, Pa.; Space (with Pullen)
July 15; Hartford; Ct.; Expo Center (with Atkins and Hardkiss)
July 18; Detroit, Mich.; Motor (with Atkins and Dave Angel)
July 20; Chicago, Ill.; Crobar (with Atkins and Pullen)
July 21; St. Louis, Mo.; Cheetah (with Atkins and Pullen)
July 25; Boulder, Colo.; Soma (with Pullen)
July 26; Salt Lake City, Utah; Bricks (with Atkins and Pullen)
July 27; Vancouver, British Columbia; Sonar (with Atkins and Pullen)
July 28; Seattle, Wash.; Consolidated Works Contemporary Art Center (with Atkins and Pullen)
July 30; Portland, Ore.; Ohm (with Atkins and Pullen)