The Qemists - S.W.A.G.
Featuring the vocals of sometime Alabama 3 frontwoman Zoe Devlin-Love, 'S.W.A.G.' is one of the most rocking moments from The Qems' widely acclaimed debut album, 'Join The Q', currently at number 1 on the Japanese electronic charts. Devlin-Love had been hanging out with Great Trainrobber Bruce Reynolds prior to recording and some of his attitude runs through her lyrics. The Qemists, meanwhile, more clearly a band here than studio producers, lay down ultra-heavy riffs with evident relish.
Remixes come from a variety of sources. One of Britain's biggest metal bands, Enter Shikari have become great friends of the band after they all toured Europe together and here they lay down a punishing dubstep-rock mix which jumps from acid squelch to headbang and back again. Interface offers up the most straight-up d&b mix of the package, first stringing out the original into something beautiful and ambient and then rolling it out as if there's no tomorrow. Kilon Tek, by contrast, turns a corner into swinging electro-funk.
But what's this 'S.W.A.G' all about? What does it stand for? "We usually say SWAG stands for 'Sealed With A Gun,'" explain the group. "Although sometimes it stands for 'Smashed With A Granny,' depending on who's asking." The Qemists, it seems, aren't going to get caught.
1. S.W.A.G. (Radio Edit) 2. S.W.A.G. (Enter Shikari Remix) 3. S.W.A.G. (Interface Remix) 4. S.W.A.G. (Kilon Tek Remix) 5. S.W.A.G. (Album Version)