If digging in the crates to find rare grooves is an art form, then Rob Swift is a master artist.

If digging in the crates to find rare grooves is an art form, then Rob Swift is a master artist. Swift, one-third of the X-ecutioners, follows in the footsteps of DJ Spooky, who launched the Under the Influence series two years ago. Swift blends and cuts rare soul tunes like the Soul Powers' "Soul Power" and the Explosions' "Hip Drop" with old-school tracks like Davey DMX's "One for the Treble" and Marly Marl's "The Man Marly Marl"—all the while paying homage to each track's rich textures. In addition to mining the catalog of Tuff City Records for vintage rarities, Swift also concocts his own material for the set. His version of Bobi Céspedes' "Lenu (Sounds of Summer Remix)" is both calming and infectious. Serving as Swift's third solo release, Under the Influence confirms Swift's nimbleness as a DJ and his creativity as an artist.—RH

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