Being a member of the X-Ecutioners automatically allows an aware audience to assume turntablism talent. Winning a DMC East Coast title in the early '90's also re-affirms this. Plus, a slick debut album ('The Abilist') sets the standing in a little more concrete manner. This dude Rob Swift knows how to operate tables.
Armed with two Technic 1200's, and a wide array of knowledge with regards to scratching technique. Effects, sounds and juggling. As well as being more than aware of how to properly assemble beats. Rob Swift undoubtedly has the ability to make an impressive scratch album.
Swift produces almost all of the tracks on 'Sound Event' by himself. There are a couple in which his main talent is exhibited through his scratching, and another producer handles the beat, along with a couple of co-producing credits. But on the whole, Rob is at the helm.
Featuring guest rapping from the likes of Supernatural, Large Professor and J-Live amongst others. The full hip hop ensemble "element" work is brought to life in a smooth fashion. "Sub Level" featuring J-Live is perfect. Rob introduces J through fitting production and complimentary subtle scratching, then allows him to ride his creation. The track debates commercialism and underground scenes. Rob Swift and J-Live work excellently together.
'Salsa Scratch' is another gem. Over a latin flavoured beat, Rob scratches perfectly alongside the beat complimenting it at each transition.
Essentially, 'Sound Event' is a great scratch album. But, with all scratch/instrumental releases, their appeal only lasts so long. The "complete" hip hop tracks work excellently and have significant replay value and although we enjoy marvelling at the scratched tracks. Their appeal does dwindle when replayed frequently. All in all though, Swift assembled a very nicely creative release.