LA-based producer Swarvy is back with his highly anticipated new album titled Anti-Anxiety after a string of beat tapes released last year (Blends Vol.3 & Blends Vol.4). Over the 18 tracks on his new album, Swarvy is able to craft a sonically dense and eclectic album full of soul and jazz-heavy compositions that highlight his talents to the max.
The project is Rhodes heavy, and is handled by Jonah Levine, who adds an ethereal, otherworldly tone on the second joint “Jonah On Keys.” Tracks like “Massage” and “Lesson With Julian” feature heavy drums as well as silky guitar leads, the latter song of which features Julian Apter. The features on this album add to the character of the album. Zeroh’s feature on “Pocus” is animated and dense with clever wordplay as per usual. The percussion on “Do What I Do” is incredible and perfectly complements Versis’ talents as he owns that track with a great verse. The Koreatown Oddity kills his verse on “Think & Say (More To Life)” with an introspective verse that’s one of the highlights of the entire project. Also featured on this tape is Jeremiah Jae on “Walk Wit Me,” Nelson Bandela on “No Evils,” Ivan Ave on “Birth,” Pink Siifu on “All Ways,” lojii on “Crocodiles” and Vida Jafari on the title track. All of them add flavour and new energy to the album that makes it such an amazing listening experience.
It is Swarvy however that shines through. The album is beautifully produced, with layers of instrumentation tat combine a soulful, jazz-heavy sound with hard-hitting boom-bap production. The compositions on Anti-Anxiety are more developed and complex than I’ve heard from him before, so i’s safe to say that this, at least to me, is Swarvy’s most complete and well-developed project to date.
Listen to Anti-Anxiety below via Bandcamp, and make sure you support the project in any way you can!