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 (below), 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 Swoon Records.