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Electro Swing Roundup – June ’15

DJR electro swing roundup

Happy summer!!

The suns out and the music is sounding great. We’re back with another selection of the finest beats from within the vintage and swing worlds. Lots of free music to dive into, and some big new releases including the new Parov Stelar album. Dive on in!

Free Music

Here’s some of the electro swing.com luminaries on a tasty remix of the Mary Poppins classic:

Tasty slice of house with a bluesy house courtesy of Neon Steve.

Bass heavy remix of Caro Emerald:

Rather like this. Remember how good the Fugees were before they all fell out and Lauryn Hill went a bit, ahem, crazy…? Well this is them over a swing tune:

Dutty Moonshine putting a bass heavy bounce to Satchmo’s trumpet and vocals:

Jenova Collective getting back to electro swing:

Shall we play yet more new genre naming games? Well, Balkan electro is how the Rumpsteppers describe this.

This is rather good. One to watch perhaps?

Glitchy and bluesy downtempo beats from Forrest Funk:


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Mistatrick has been adding the d&b to these two favourites:

Sound Nomaden messing around with the perennial Star Wars favourite:

The ghetto funk heavyweights getting funky with some glitch n swing:

Retouch on the Glen Miller standard:

Valdragz mixing a deep techno beat with some old style bluesy vocal samples:

James Brown getting the glitchy bass treatment:

Deep, groovy with a classic french style lounge break:


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Shindig 2015

 

Shindig Weekender 2015

Sunshine, beats and ghetto funk

Last weekend Shindig Festival returned for it’s second year with a cracking line-up of bands and DJ’s. The festival is run by the team behind the hugely successful Ghetto Funk label and this year they really have come of age with a great selection of music delivered over a sunny weekend in the hills just up from Glastonbury. Although it could certainly be said that a festival which takes place by the Isle Of Avalon is a long way from the ghetto, the funk was certainly in residence, and with a perfectly sized attendance (nicely boosted by the unfortunate cancellation of Sunrise festival which had been due to take place over the same weekend) the event went extremely well with great weather, a happy crowd and a diverse range of entertainment.

Shindig 2015

Ghetto Funk nightclub

The spiritual sound and heart of the festival is of course the ghetto funk sound, and this year they featured an accomplished line-up of the brightest stars from the scene. Slynk had flown in specially for the occasion on the Saturday night and played alongside Featurecast, DJP and the Captain. Sunday night got even dirtier with Father Funk, Too Many T’s, WBBL, A.Skillz and JFB all providing peak-time heavyweight funk.

Father Funk Shindig

Dig Inn

The Dig Inn saw a wide selection of beats from the Cuban Brothers spectacular show (below) to the Reflex, Stardust Collective and the deep soulful grooves of  house and disco legend Joey Negro.

Shindig 2015 Cuban Brothers

The Sunday kicked off early on with the quality mixed up Good Times selection of the one and only Norman Jay, alongside Lindy Layton (of Dub Be Good To Me fame), Terry Farley and then the heavyweight dancefloor pounding of Slamboree Soundsystem and Dub Pistols to finish it all off.

Norman Jay Shindig 2015

Moonshine Circus

There was a much wider range of other styles this year with the Moonshine Circus stage bringing a variety of entertainment to spice up the weekend. This included swing dancing, some incredible circus performers, cabaret and an eclectic mix of bands and DJ’s. The Dutty Moonshine Big Band (below) packed out the tent to complete the Saturday night line-up and as always, they were an absolute joy to behold. These guys were the highlight of many people’s weekend and are certainly one to try and catch over the summer at one of the many festivals they are playing at. On the Sunday night the Rhythmites brought some classy reggae before finishing with the quality live world music flavours of Baka Beyond.

Dutty Moonshine Shindig

Like any good festival there was plenty more to discover and do around the site. The Rum Den provided a great daytime venue for a wide variety of acts which included everyone’s favourite town crier – DJ Dapper Dan who provided a great selection of reggae to kick off the Sunday. The kids area had all sorts of fun going on, and there was Open Mic down on the Tipi stage.

Shindig 2015

Overall a fabulous weekend was had by all. Clearly the guys had put in a serious amount of work and it really paid off, well done, well done. See you next year for an even bigger celebration of all things Ghetto Funk.

Electro Swing Roundup – May ’15

Swingamajig--2015

Swingamajig 2015

Well what can I say..? I know that we’ve kept banging on about it, but we can truly say that the bar has been raised. Swingamajig has come of age this year and was absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere was stunning and the quality of acts was second to none. Congratulations to the Electric Swing Circus, C@ in the H@, and all the organisers who did such a fantastic job pulling this together. My own highlights? The Dutty Moonshine Big Band absolutely rocked, great to see Chinese Man bring their downtempo hip hop grooves, Elle & the Pocket Belles with Mistatrick, and of course getting to do my own Silverscreen Soundsytem VJ show. If you missed it this year, then put the date in your diary because there is no better festival to choose on the vintage circuit than this.

Right. Let’s hit the music.

Free Music

Top of the class goes to another fantastic and free compilation from Speakeasy Electro Swing in Montreal. Who else gives you this much fresh new content for free? Well done guys. Dive on in and see what goodies you can find!

A modern classic getting tweaked by Phibes:

And your boy Phibes again getting funky with Caro:

Swing? Ghetto? Yep and yep. You know what’s coming…

It’s never a bad time to drop Etta James’ I Just Wanna Make Love to you and even more so with a new C@ in the H@ mashup version:

Deep, sexy and grooving jazzy beats from Frizzo. Very nice.


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Electro Swing Roundup – Supplementary

Swingamajig 2015

Happy May bank holiday!

The latest Electro Swing Roundup will be here exactly one week from today on the 7th of May. Boo hiss… Yes what with preparing my Silver Screen Soundsystem VJ set for Swingamajig (only the biggest electro-swing festival around) and having a very important wedding as part of my day job at Vintage Wedding DJ, it’s had to be delayed. In the meantime simply have a listen to the C@ In The H@’s Swingamajig mix and come join us in Birmingham this weekend!

Electro Swing Roundup – April ’15

Swingamajig 2015

Happy April Fools Day! Festival season is round the corner and in the Swing scene nothing announces it better than the highlight of the year, the biggest festival going – Swingamajig in Birmingham. The lineup is once again next level – just check out the poster above, and if you fancy checking me out I’ll be doing my Silver Screen Soundsystem VJ show in the early hours of the morning. Find out more at Swingamjig or on their facebook.

Right. Let’s hit the music.

Free Music

Great start with this freebie from those Flatcap boys:

New version of Sing Sing Sing:

Thanks to Emma Clair for inviting me to join them in Manchester for Prohibition last week. When not organising her own nights she’s been busy putting this nice freebie together:

Been loving this. Great vocal, big horns and free!

Also up from F-Block… this is sounding funky too.

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Electro Swing Roundup – March ’15

Prohibition Manchester Zombie Shack DJR

Right then. We’re back on time again. Get in. I’m going to keep the waffle short this month and just get plenty of good new tunes for you all to get into your lives.

If you’re in Manchester at the end of the month I’ll be joining the Prohibition crew at the Zombie Shack. I’m going to be performing my new VJ set – the Silver Screen Soundsystem alongside Emma Clair, Sly Fandango, God Kompex and Fuzzy Logic. Come get your swing on!

Free Music

First off this lovely slice of cheerful summer swing. Spiffing! Where’s my cocktail?

Always happy to see Phil Mac turn up on the feed with a new freebie:

Jenova Collective getting back on the swing & bass tip. Always great.

Funky beats and nice rhymes. Yep, forget that though, two words for you…

Jazz. Flute.

Classic soul given the bass treatment by JPOD:

Always love getting new crazy balkan beats from Shazalakazoo:

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Jem Stone – Stone Grooves Vol 1

Jem stone

We first saw Jems infectious swing alter-ego surface back in 2004 with some low key remixes for Jalapeno Records and a single release on Finger Lickin Records, but the sound we’re hearing now only really surfaced in 2011 with his debut release on Freshly Squeezed, the “Electric Circus EP“. Since then Jem has let loose a plethora of swing tinged toons on some of the best labels in the scene today. He has recorded a huge collaboration with super funker Kid Creole (ask your parents kids), got down and dirty with “Lick The Spoon” and hit the top (o the town) with MC Mouthmaster Murf and MC Goldseal on Ghetto Funk.

After all the hard work it was inevitable that Jem’s consistent output would form a long player and “Stone Grooves Vol 1″ is the result. The album kicks off with bumping jazz vibes of “The Jem Stone Express” which sets the scene perfectly with smooth, spaced out synth licks and classic swing samples intertwined with beefy kick-snare combo and all kinds of sound effects. Can just imagine walking through some space punk inspired city with this as the soundtrack.

“Well Oiled Machine” throws down some steppy broken beats with a sparse bassline and off kilter synths. “Holy Smoke” (ft. Roxanna Panufnik) (gotta be a relation?) is lush balearic material done right, perfect Ibiza beach music. “No Place For A Lady” sees the swing vibes come out to play again with a bouncy house beat and plenty of horn action. “Sweetpea” marks the halfway point of the album and is almost an album itself. At 10:45 you could squeeze four modern day trap bangers into its time slot (don’t play trap, please). It twists and turns through many sonic soundscapes and ambient noise spheres, bringing the listener on a proper journey with leisurely hip hop beat interludes and organically twinkling pads.

“Hot Dog Supreme” is another slo mo swing-house meld that combines all elements nicely leading into “Storm In A Teacup” which hammers out tribal techno rhythms with disco licks and filter fx. Would love to hear a Soul Of Man breakbeat remix of this! “Penshala” sees the trip hop sound creeping back upon us with great results. On “You Are Nothing Without Me” Jem breaks out the breakbeats on this dark-swing-tinged roller, “Fake Ghost” is a percussive, tech house ride leading into the last track, the aptly named “The Final Curtain”.

Jem has achieved what many dance music artists mess up and has written a proper album. With many twists and turns, highs and lows and a diverse mix of dancefloor beats blended with downtempo grooves and just plain old good music. Full support from Free Breaks Blog.

If you’re feeling any of the tracks they are all available to purchase separately, as an entire album, as a mixed, hour long showcase and if you’re just to tight/skint/poor to muster up a couple of £/$ to support, then the whole thing can be streamed from Soundcloud or below :).

PURCHASE

 

http://www.jempanufnik.com/
http://www.facebook.com/jemstonemusic

Electro Swing Roundup Winter 14-15

 

Boomtown - Electric BrixtonI must do my blog on time. I must do my blog on time. I must do my blog on time. Yes I’m sorry, life got in the way and I have been out of action for a while. I’m going to have a big push to keep on time for the rest of the year. Still, at least there’s plenty to catch up on…

Boomtown Fair pres MayFair Avenue

Gig of the month goes to another big lineup going down at Electric Brixton. This time they’ve got another killer lineup of Molotov Jukebox Live, the mighty Deekline and Ed Solo, Dunklebunt & Secret Swing Society and the Slamboree Soundsystem.

It sounds absolutely awesome as usual. Tickets are currently £8 for the super early bird. Saturday 21st March 2015 / 22:00 – 06:00 Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, SW2 1RJ

 

Free Music

Good to see Dutty Moonshine getting back on it with this tidy little freebie:

Electro swing.com’s recent freebie:

Love this funky take on rock & roll from JPOD.

And getting all Spanish:

Tidy mix here from Extra Medium and Cab Canaveral:

Rawhide mashup? Oh go on then…

Manchesters Emma Clair, head honcho of their Prohibition nights has been having fun mashing up MC Hammer with Parov:

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