Yes, after six years The Nomad (Daimon Schwalger) has been working hard and given us 'Perilous Times', a dupstep flavoured blend or reggae, drum and bass, electronica and Jungle to create a thing of absolute bliss.
Through the creation and celebration of independent music, The Nomad, shares the story of his journeys. Having spent more than two decades behind both the decks and at the controls, Daimon is now the master of his own production studios, Fresh Audio. A crispy mix of musical talent, he's released 5 albums to date with his sixth, 'Perilous Times' set to drop through Foreign Dub records on Monday 11 July - both digitally and physically in all good record stores.
Standing out is track 6 of the album entitled 'Deeper', a 140bmp journal through his music roots with traditional reggae instrumentation yet a very modern flavour that will have you quickly moving along to the sound. And the title track is the deep debstep infused magic that hits you like a heart attack but with deep meaning as quoted below.
"I titled the album 'Perilous Times' as I believe that it is really relevant to the times we live in. From earthquakes to tsunamis and other man-made or natural disasters, the earth is in strife. I was influenced by the current events in the world and concluded that people seem to be overly concerned with material possessions and misplace the importance of treasuring the natural resources of the earth. Many of the tracks on the album carry an environmental & political message." Ė The Nomad.
Another kiwi classic that is on the way to appearing to the avid follower of kiwi dubstep and regular raga-muffin / Rhythm and Vines crowds. The tempo doesn't really give you much variety and there is a very similar beat feel but itís a album you can ease into whether you are cruising the streets with your headphones or at home testing your subs.
All Dubstep / Reggae fans out there, Give it your attention as you will not easily be disappointed. This is a great add to youíre collection. And to you iphone / ipod carriers out their, you get 2 bonus tracks by downloading via itunes, So Crazy and Stand. Lucky sods.
The Nomad is no stranger to New Zealanders that know anything about original Electronica. The Nomad has been around since the late 80's, DJing mainly Hip-Hop and old school beats, in any venue that has a set of speakers! He has toured with many major local and international acts and in 1996 produced his first track with Pearl Runga and Ryan Smith as part of an outfit called Locust in Christchurch.
After releasing one track on a compilation titled 'On The Beating Track', Daimon decided to start his own project - The Nomad.
The Nomad's first album 'Movement' was released in 1998 ad co-produced by Tiki from Salmonella Dub. It was one of the first drum n bass albums to be released in New Zealand, and also a self-funded, independent album. which gave The Nomad the required skills for producing future albums.