Skweee has fast become a personal passion. It’s something I’ve tried to share with close friends and associates, but a lot of the time you get the same screwed up kind of expression made at you before that quick barrage of nervous laughter comes as the listener’s head cocks at that weird angle that means they’re trying to listen differently and understand what you’re playing them. At its heart though, skweee has a funk, a groove and yes, some of those squalling high pitched synthesizers that sound like the producers arms aren’t long enough to reach the lower octaves.
Born in Scandinavia to a select group of producers looking to release their own brand of synthetic funk, the sound has grown in breadth and style, but good skweee music always seems to retain a smirk and a sense of fun. It can be rooted as much in the drums or in the layers of hyper vibrant synthesizers but for me at least, there’s a perfect synergy between skweee and a smile. Plus the fact that a track like Eero Johannes’ ‘We Could Be Skweeeroes’ can sound like an on form funkafied Timbaland is often a resounding bonus.
Hiding on the tracklist of some of the scene’s defining compilations, the International Skweee and Museum of Future Sound series in particular, you’ll find the work of Henrik Von Euler, a Swede who’s productions have pushed boundaries of the primitive production techniques that the lo-fi style is renowned for. Having released music under an array of monikers, Rigas Den Andre stands proud as Von Euler’s out and out skweee alias. Over his debut album, Guilty Feet, No Rhythm he explored a netherworld of near broken bass tones, whilst he irked out his stuttered melodies over the top, producing classic tracks like ‘New Plastic Bastard,’ a track that tumbles into evolutions that contradict the ‘minimal’ and ‘primitive’ tags the music comes with.
With the vinyl release of his new album Speed Run imminent, we jumped at the chance to present a mix from Rigas, one of the most exciting and demented producers we’ve had the pleasure to come across. Whilst some skweee producers choose to get lost in the top end, conducting multiple channels of aural fluorescence, Von Euler harnesses the low end properly and he does so with vigour on new tracks like ‘December & Death’ and ‘Kid Rigarus;’ so it’s with great pleasure that we present Sonic Router’s 86th mix from Rigas Den Andre…
1. Elias Krantz – Tody MotMot (Rigas Remix)
2. 118Sthlm – På G
3. Rigas den Andre – Success Sucks Ass (feat. Spartan Lover)
4. Mother North – Butter Blues
5. Whodini – Haunted House Of Rock
6. Rigas den Andre – Aga Ago
7. Slow Hand Motem – Magik Grrrl
8. Limonious – 7 Synths
9. Easy & The Center Of Universe – Halloumi
10. Markis Sage – Kissing Cousins & Hustling
11. Daniel Savio – Sucky Salsiccia