I’ve been patiently awaiting the release of Together since I caught a preview about a month ago, and finally my patience has paid off. Swanky Tunes is one of the big up and comers from the east, really mastering the goosebump-forming, high-energy buildups and drops that knock you right over. The Russian group formed in 1998, first producing with techno sounds and vintage synths, eventually transitioning into a distinctly big-beat sound. Bits of techno, electro, and modern progressive influences add into their mix, giving their tracks a very authentic type of feel.
Together combines all of these styles, with a soulful synth and vocal mixed with some modern-day house techniques. The Jaz Von D Remix is definitely my favorite. It might be the most techy, but it is simultaneously the most full, yet not overcrowded. The second drop is probably my favorite of any song so far in 2011–the filter that is accompanied by that upwards house “tick” and the vocal is cleverly lined in the drop with a slowdown vinyl turntable effect. Try to listen to 2:30 and not smile–it’s a challenge. The Hard Rock Sofa version adds a little flare and is consistent with their other collaborations, while the original mainly showcases the vocal and foundation synth. Have a listen and see which one you like best!