The short but suitably named seventh album from Daimon Schwalger (otherwise known as The Nomad) was completed by him in deliberate seclusion on the South Island’s West Coast, over the course of eight weeks in what he describes as “an outbreak of cathartic creativity.” What stands out most is the diversity and variety of sounds and voices over this hour long, 14-track album.
Encompassing multiple genres of bass heavy electronica – dub, dubstep, trap, grime, and drum’n’bass – Schwalger enrolled a stellar cast of vocalists to voice the tracks, including the likes of King Kapisi, London’s MC Lotek, Caroline Agostini and Christina Roberts. Furthermore, and particularly outstanding, are the quirkiness of Jamaica’s Dexta Malawi MCing in a great combination of accent and lyrics on Put On Ya Turban, and the dub of Ragga Junglist Style – which features young Upper Hutt resident Israel Starr.
Outside musical credits on the album are also nothing but stellar. Aaron Tokona and Oakley Grenell lend their expertise on guitar, Māori traditional instrumentalist Richard Nunns provides the deep whirling of a traditional Pūrerehua, while Schwalger brings back the use of airhorn in fine form. Mastered by Chris Chetland, this is an inspired, well-rounded and intelligent album that will have a universal appeal – even to those not usually drawn to any kind of EDM.