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Live Review: Swick enlists Capo Lee and Tkay Maidza to bring the fire on 'Slopes'

15 August 2017 | 7:10 am | Holly O'Neill

Always one to defy expectations, SWICK is back with a huge tune with past collaborator TKAY MAIDZA and grime newcomer, London's CAPO LEE. 'Slopes', like many of his previous releases, feels totally new and completely inventive while still retaining those unique ear worms and oddly addictive beats that only Swick can deliver.

The track is not as club-centric as his past work, but is no lesser for it as Swick builds a lush soundscape for the vocalists. He still brings his idiosyncratic approach to the track, built from many layers of contrasting sounds: chunky bass alongside metallic hits and samples of machinery against pan flutes.

Vocalists Tkay and Capo slay on this track, both bringing a lot of energy to an already electric track. In his featured verse, Capo Lee delivers his rhymes with power but self assuredness, rapping in his off kilter style to an equally experimental beat. Acting as hype woman and soaring vocalist on the track, Tkay Maidza primes us for the drops as she "brings the fire" and sings in computerised form echoing over the bubbling bass.

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'Slopes' feels like an ode to grime, a genre Swick has sampled flavours of in his previous tracks and is now properly solidified with Capo Lee on this feature. In the breakdowns, he puts his own spin on a few staple grime sounds and tropes; the warbled chunky bass, computerised bleeps and syncopated percussion line. Even the choppy, synthesised pan flute is reminiscent of the frantic melodies and staccato sampling of grime.

With a new album on the way and working on collaborator SPANK ROCK's upcoming album, Swick is one busy boy. Keep your ear to the ground for more left of centre club from him soon, in the meantime get your hands on 'Slopes' featuring Tkay Maidza and Capo Lee now!