Liverpudlian producer Matthew Barnes caused an immediate storm with his debut EP Dagger Paths in 2010, seemingly uniting dancefloor dwellers and more angular listeners in admiration and gaining wall-to-wall rave reviews, FACT making it their record of that year. 2013’s Engravings album was received similarly and he quickly became the forefront artist on the taste-making Tri Angle label. “On Forest Swords’ 2010 EP Dagger Paths, the web of dub, psych, dance, and drone spun by UK producer Matthew Barnes felt instantly singular. Engravings is the perfect sequel, cementing his knack for creating complex effects with elementary methods. Every song here is boldly sensual, and each note has a distinct emotional hue.” (Pitchfork)
Forest Swords’ spacious, dub-drenched r&b catches so many ears off-guard, his reputation cemented by such impressive extra-curricular activities as being remixed by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and producing music for Massive Attack’s 3D and Young Fathers that appears on the OST of the Assassin’s Creed movie. We can expect more new productions from Forest Swords this year and you can look forward to him giving the bass bins plenty to deal with at Safe As Milk.