Swim Team #1 (swim records, London UK)

By Chris Darke, 10 July 2000

Colin Newman, of the ever-wonderful Wire, presents 17 choice tracks from his Swim stable, including new work by Silo, whose mesmerising Instar album is a label highlight. The Team No.1 mood is a post-techno, ambient-rock cocktail. Also includes Ronnie and Clyde, Symptoms and singing postman Steve Gears. Newman’s unjustly neglected genius for combining gorgeous melodies with experimental barbs is well to the fore.

Chris Darke