Following acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune and Tri Angle, soundtrack and installation work, and remixes of the likes of Bjork, Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords has curated a 25-track compilation that draws a line between past inspirations and his current peers. Like much of his own output, his DJ-Kicks skirts around pristine electronics and embraces more organic textures: 80s post punk (Anna Domino, Dead Can Dance), classic 90s British electronica (Orbital, Mira Calix), and smokey digi-dub (Rhythm & Sound), all rub up alongside some of the most forward-facing producers working today (Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo, Fis). The compilation sifts through rhythms, shifting speeds and emotions: from pop icon Neneh Cherry’s primal thudding to the zombified throb of exclusive Forest Swords track ‘Crow’ via Deena Abdelwaheed’s clattering deconstructions to the euphoric two-step of Djrum. It’s a collection of tracks that feels as restlessly curious and weighty as Barnes’ own work.
A1 The London Bulgarian Choir - Pilentse Pee A2 Rhythm & Sound w/ Love Joy - Best Friend A3 Anna Domino - With the Day Comes the Dawn A4 Neneh Cherry – Blank Project B1 Forest Swords – Crow B2 Tokyo Prose & FIS - The Truths B3 Dead Can Dance - Mesmerism (Remastered) B4 Baka Forest People Of Southeast Cameron – Eden Liquindi 2 B5 David Toop - Things Just Went Sour Gradually All At Once C1 Kara-Lis Coverdale - Imgs /r C2 Lutto Lento – Gyal A Devil C3 Laurel Halo – Throw C4 Disjecta - Smokehead D1 Demdike Stare - Mnemosyne D2 Orbital - The Box (Part 1) D3 Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon - VII D4 Vashti Bunyan – Here Before