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The Hive Dwellers

Lynch the Swan

(K; US: 15 Nov 2011; UK: 15 Nov 2011)

Another decent entry in the Dub Narcotic Disco Plate series.

Calvin Harris is a busy man. The Hive Dwellers’ Lynch the Swan 7” is concrete evidence. He got to record a song with his band and then remix the recording, offering both efforts on a 7” that he released on K Records. The A-Side, “Lynch the Swan”, is a surprisingly buoyant pop song showcasing his odd affinity for old electronic sounds and clever lyrics. “It’s hard to know which came first/the chicken or the hearse” is a standout couplet that’s brought to the forefront by Harris’ baritone vocals.


“Lynch the Swan” is an oddly fascinating piece of electronic minimalism turned pop by bass and vocals. Selector Dub Narcotic’s remix isn’t quite as strong and strangely enough ends up sounding more like LAKE than anything else, who, intriguingly enough, had a member in the Hive Dwellers for this release. Overall, a worthy entry of a strong series.

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Steven is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Wisconsin who has spent his fair share of time in the entertainment trenches. He frequently contributes reviews and interviews to Playground Misnomer, which can be accessed here: http://www.playgroundmisnomer.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @unbusyinwi.


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