Swiftumz is a project of Chris McVicker, who has collaborated with Hunx & His Punx. His debut LP Don’t Trip was released by Holy Mountain this fall. “Angelita” is the album’s star track, but it doesn’t speak for the LP as a whole — it wanders in and out of fuzzy, dreamy pop and into a hip-hop sounding beat every so often. Here’s a little about Swimftuz, from the label:
The problem with imaginary combinations is that many of them actually already exist. Donâ€™t Trip sounds like a collaboration between Nick Nicely and Eric Hysteric, over which Tony Wilson and Alan McGee would get into a bidding war. Chris McVickerâ€”a.k.a. Swiftumz, famous for penning the fastest selling Hunx & His Punx singleâ€”sambas through â€™80s Factory singles, afternoon hits of MDMA on the beach, Ibizia before techno, Glaswegian nonchalance, Stolen Kisses and tripping at the HaÃ§ienda (the San Francisco one; Manchesterâ€™s closed down years ago). Seriously, itâ€™s all presentâ€”but like any other great interpreter of Britainâ€™s finest musical traditions, McVicker is just a guy from near Mac Dreâ€™s hometown in Northern California who might laugh if one told him that â€œMore Than Sleepâ€ should be in a Sofia Coppola movie, because he was probably aiming higher than that. Like the best Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk commercial ever, Donâ€™t Trip is your summer jam.