Denver-based Seafoam (Brian Cavender) is by far the most prolific of the talented Cavender brothers, but he has remained elusive for his 2+ decades-long career in deep funk. After releasing a one-off 12-inch in 1999 on a small Denver label, Seafoam quickly found his way to the Guidance family by way of gatherings at Miami’s Winter Music Conference. A string of three twelves on Guidance from 2000 to 2003 cemented his legacy early in his career, however, having never quite reached the same heights as some of the Guidance greats, Seafoam’s output mysteriously declined around the time of the label’s demise. New releases dried up until the formative reissue campaign of Paris-based Rue De Plaisance in 2017, which culminated in the essential Collected Works 1999-2005 double LP. The flood gates opened, and a whole new generation of diggers and labels turned to his sound. And Seafoam, seemingly untouched by the passage of time, hunkered down in the studio with a steady release schedule—a new lease on life for the occult deep house assassin.
“Swing Set” was birthed on Colfax Avenue and instantly became the focal point of Deep Club #07 with its heavy drum programming and distorted vocals. “Ha!” is a straight-ahead, no frills keyboard banger. On the flip, label acquaintance Snad (Kimochi Sound, Minibar, Courtesy of Balance, etc.) continues his meteoric rise with his signature tech house take on “Ha!”, while Seafoam injects a sample of his own drum work on “Jabo”, a trippy downtempo ode to James Brown’s esteemed drummer.