Ryan Murgatroyd – one of the undisputed pioneers of modern electronic music in South Africa and an integral member of formative live act Bantwanas – is to launch his brand new label Swoon Records in May 2019.
Looking to widen the often
clichéd perception of African electronic music and champion only the finest talent
from across the continent, the Johannesburg-based producer will mark the launch
of Swoon Records with the long-awaited release of his two-track EP ‘Wicked Eyes’.
Speaking about his motivation
behind setting up the imprint, Ryan commented:
“I’m starting Swoon because I
feel my compositions have grown too elaborate for club music. I want to
transcend the clichés of four-four music and explore the more cinematic,
avant-garde and even soulful manifestations of electronic music. We’re placing
a huge focus on finding new sonic palettes and escaping the generic.
Every release has a distinct theme. From the sound design to the
artwork, each piece is a complete work of audio-visual art and it’s vital to
experience each work as a complete whole”
One of the founding fathers of modern
electronic music in South Africa, Ryan Murgatroyd has gained considerable
international exposure through key performances at the likes of Watergate, Hï
Ibiza and Boiler Room. Garnering huge support from key tastemaker artists such
as Solomon, Damian Lazarus, Lee Burridge and fellow South African export, Black
Coffee, his instantly recognisable sound continues to transfix dance floors in
every corner of the globe.
With the imminent launch of his new
label Swoon Records in May, as well as past, present and future remix projects
with the likes of Lane 8, John Monkman, Jonas Rathsman, Super Flu and others,
Ryan is building a impressive library of works and a brand new live show to
unleash in 2019.
Ryan Murgatroyd ‘Wicked Eyes’ EP will be released on May 15, via