"I always love Illya's playing - especially his attention to tone"
- Dom Turner (The Backsliders/Supro)
"Laid-back and funky guitar playing ... soulful vocals ... immaculate keyboard grooves. A very satisfying package" DRUM Media
"Illya Szwec's Groove Depot were a great addition to Thredbo Jazz Festival this year. They brought a wealth of diversity in their repertoire and added an immeasurable depth to the artistic lineup." Stewart Wauchop, Artistic Director Thredbo Jazz Festival 2014
"One of the most enjoyable blues albums I have heard in years" - Nick Rheinberger, ABC Radio Wollongong
"Illya Szwec is dynamic, nailing that elusive David Gilmour tone" Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine
"The album has a very organic and raw feel, which is a welcome change from some of the over-produced releases we often hear. Illya Szwec delivers an interesting, well produced album of 10 diverse tracks, all imbued with his trademark guitar work, accompanied by a supporting cast of some of Sydney's finest musicians. Go give it a listen!" Georgina Reed, 'Soulscope' Northside FM Sydney
"Class playing from the real musicians of Australia pinned together by some of the most appealing guitar work I've heard of late" Tony Jaggers, 'Mojos and Jellyrolls' 2EARFM
"Wonderful rootsy album chocablock with great songs and strong grooves" Harry Brus (Kevin Borich/ Renee Geyer/Leo Sayer)
"Illya brings a great range of styles and the guest vocalists bring the variety. Some very cool guitar work throughout, there will surely be something to entertain every kind of blues fan on this one!" Dave Watkins, 'Blues Train', Frome FM, England.
"Sydney’s finest players, all having a time of it, obviously inspired and brightened up by the big heart that beats deep inside Illya Szwec’s guitar playing" John Hardaker, TheOrangePress
"I love your blues album - great guitar work!" Ross Fear, Australian Spectrum Show 90.5FM Sydney
"Good musicianship and a welcome change from the all too familiar guitar driven traditional 3 chord wonders. You obviously draw from a rich life of musical experiences and I especially like the reggae and funk influences" Brian Elliot, Gold Coast FM
"Illya is a very versatile and accomplished player who also happens to be incredibly photogenic, with an enviable array of instruments at his disposal"
- Les Karski (The Hippos/The Donkeys/The Bondi Cigars/The Nervous Investors)
"Great songs, wonderfully played" Shaun Bindley, 'Blues With a Feeling' 98.9FM Brisbane
"Illya 'The Cossack' Szwec has been playing with me for the last 10 years. I can always rely on him to lay down some tasty grooves as well as cookin' up some sizzling solos from stinging blues to funky down home boogaloos"
- 'Continental' Robert Susz (Dynamic Hepnotics/Mighty Reapers/Continental Blues Party)
"Illya Szwec is a talented and in demand guitar player who hasn't been in the spotlight as much as he deserves but this album redresses this. Szwec's guitar is heavily featured on ten tunes in a variety of styles ranging from rock, blues and reggae all served up with funky goodness! " Sister T, Radio Adelaide