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Robert Aguilar AKA Rob Swift, got his start as a DJ at age
12, pursued his love for music and joined the groundbreaking
tuntablist crew the X-ecutioners in 1991, and has been turning
out great music ever since.
Always challenging the idea of what Hip Hop is and testing that
notion any chance he can get, on his new album The Architect,
Rob takes Hip Hop and effortlessly blends it with the genre of
Classical music to create an album that acts as the soundtrack
to his vision of where Hip Hop can head rather than where it is
right now.
With only one MC as a special guest on The Architect, Breez
Evahflowin, who brilliantly rhymes about the album s concept on
tracks Principio and Ultimo, Rob predominantly uses the
turntable to build compositions that express his creative state of
mind via the careful placement of cuts and scratches of symphonic
like instruments.
Rob Swift is always in perpetual motion, pushing the boundaries
of what he does and connecting with audiences by all means necessary.

About the Artist

On Rob Swift's 2009 DVD release As The Techincs Spin, your looking at a master Turntablist, a walking encyclopedia of the craft. He describes in precise detail how some of his most intricate routines work. But when he puts his hands on the wheels of steel, all the talk in no way prepares you for what you're about to witness and the only way to truly understand the years of stellar experience he has in his pocket is to sit back, put on your best headphones, and listen to the magic Rob makes.

Always challenging the idea of what Hip Hop is and testing that notion any chance he can get, on his new album The Architect, Rob takes Hip Hop and effortlessly blends it with the genre of Classical music to create an album that acts as the soundtrack to his vision of where Hip Hop can head rather than where it is right now. The Architect also marks Rob Swift's debut release on Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings label, a perfect fit as both men have been challenging the notion of music for years. They have previously toured together promoting Patton's Peeping Tom project and their collaborative effort General Patton Vs. The X-excutioners. With a history that grabs heavily from jazz, Rob now pushes the boundaries of music even further, championing its limitless possibilities. "Anyone who's followed my career since my first mix tape in 1995 "Soulful Fruit," knows that I've historically turned to jazz as a way to help convey my ideas as a DJ in the realm of Hip Hop. However, in June of 2008, I was introduced to the genre of classical music and that was a pivotal moment for me as an artist." His introduction to composers like Mozart, Bach, and Chopin, opened up a whole new musical vocabulary for Rob. He became an eager student of the genre, soaking up as much knowledge as he could and while recording The Architect, he saw parallels between building his own compositions and those of classical composers. So he began thinking in terms of "what would composers like Chopin and Bach do if scratching existed back in their time?" Staying true to this question, sections of the album are arranged in movements. Rob explains, "As I was composing songs like "Rabia" and "Lower Level" I found myself scratching sounds that would become thematic and reintroduced throughout the album in different ways." With only one MC as a special guest on The Architect, Breez Evahflowin, who brilliantly rhymes about the album's concept on tracks "Principio" and "Ultimo," Rob predominantly uses the turntable to build compositions that express his creative state of mind via the careful placement of cuts and scratches of symphonic like instruments.

Hip Hop purists will appreciate the chances Rob Swift has taken on The Architect, while music lovers will see that the genre of Turntablism and classical music have more in common than anyone ever thought. As for DJ Rob Swift fans? His musical evolution cannot be denied. No matter what, at the end of the day, the listeners will know the turntable is his microphone.


1. Overture
2. Introduction
3. The Architect
4. Principio f/Breez Evahflown
5. Story of A Man
6. Sound The Horn
7. Prelude To The First Movement
8. Rabia- 1st Movement
9. Rabia- 2nd Movement
10. Rabia- 3rd Movement
11. D.R.E.W.
12. Intermission
13. Lower Level- 1st Movement
14. Lower Level- 2nd Movement
15. Lower Level- 3rd Movement
16. Spartacus
17. Sound The Horn (Reprise)
18. Ultimo f/Breez Evahflown

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • ASIN: B002WSCGA0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vivek savant on June 18, 2010
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What Backini (Threads) is to cut-n-paste, Swift is to turntablism. The guy is a real musician, in my book - up there with some of today's jazz cats. He has style, technique and extremely calculated, precise, practiced to death moves on the turntable. The reason why Herbie Hancock featured him in his 2002 band Future 2 Future. Only Swift can manipulate to orchestrate this type of endeavor - creating classical pieces from vinyl (see that clip). The way he's controlling the fader, its almost like a subtle pinch while scratching with the other hand, hell even tapping the damn vinyl. The one star has been left off only due to the short duration (34 min) of the album.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clayton E. Mastin on February 21, 2011
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Greatest turntablist ever & continues to get more creative. This should reach a larger audience because he has expanded his genre. Great pairing of classical music to modern technique. Impressive!
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By Trey on September 15, 2013
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This one is out there... very abstract if you like that stuff, but not what I expected from Rob Swift.
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