Skeewiff never seem to stop releasing the finest funky free tunage from their back catalogue and in the last several days they have let loose three absolute sterling tracks in celebration of a number of milestones including their Greatest Wiff album being released on Jalepeno records, cracking two million plays on Soundcloud (one hundred thousand of those coming just this week) and surpassing fifteen thousand followers so get listening and downloading before heading over to Juno to pick up their latest album HERE.
Apologies for the delay with this post, the last couple of weeks all got a bit busy while our house had no roof on it, so unfortunately the blog updates had to be temporarily postponed. Thankfully we have now reconstructed said roof and normal business can be resumed!
Always great to have something new by Bobby C Sound TV…
Smokey Joe & The Kid have given away a rather tasty remix from their bandcamp page. Love the way it drops into drum & bass for the last section.
Rather like the bass heavy grooves on this from Alfonso Swing:
On first listen I didn’t really know what to make of this from Johnny Lectro but it has certainly grown on me and I’d love to see what it does to a dancefloor! Available from facebook.
Plenty of old style melodies mixed up with scratching and turntablism:
Loving the 50′s style grooves on this tasty freebie from Mr Tomahawk:
Quality downtempo grooves from Al’Tarba. Free download from bandcamp.
Electro Swing VI – Bart & Baker
The compilation series simply named ‘Electro Swing’ has undoubtedly been the most popular series of releases in the genre and so it’s great to see another addition in the guise of Part 6. Compiled by Bart & Baker there is once again a great selection of tracks including artists such as Kitten & the Hip, Lyre Le Temps, Swing Republic and Parov Stelar. It also includes the dance floor destroying Swing Break by the McMash Clan which should be an essential in everyones collection. Available from itunes.
They haven’t got a minimix to demo it so here’s Swing You Winners which is featured on it:
White Mink 3
It’s not released until 9th December but I had to include the teaser for the upcoming White Mink 3 double album from Freshly Squeezed. They’re repeating their format of modern tracks on CD 1 and vintage originals on CD 2. If the last two are anything to judge by this should be an essential purchase. Check it out!
I never seem to get through a DJ set without dropping at least one Jamie Berry track so it only seems right that we post one of his mixes too. It’s good too.
Here’s a nice electro swing mix with live instruments over the top:
That’s it for this week. If you’ve got anything you’d like included in future roundups hit me up on soundcloud. To find out more about my own events check out the Electro Swing Ball.
It’s hard to believe that Skeewiff have been delivering their unique brand of wiffalicious tunes for fifteen years but lucky for us that is exactly the case and to celebrate this massive milestone, they have put together this megamash covering 15 years in 15 minutes. Congrats boys and here’s to another 15 years.
1. Its all gone Dave Allen for Breakfast
2. Feeling Big Les’ Stone
3. Man of Constant Bone
4. Love Kalashnikov
5. Yoda’s Gritty Hands Bump
6. Miniskirt in a China Shop
7. Little Spot Of What Dawn’s Mama Gave ya
8. Pull the Mexican
9. I Got Stag
10. Soul Rumbanova
11. Soul Bumpanova
12. Spider Fonk
13. Coming Home Noah
14. Megamash Bonanza
We are very pleased to bring some exclusive material and an upfront interview from one of the hottest producers on the Electro Swing circuit today. With every track he puts out landing in the sets of DJs from the top of the Ghetto Funk, bass and swing scenes he has secured himself as a serious talent and one to watch.
We caught up with him to find out a little more. Read through to the end of the interview for your exclusive free download of the Kid Kasino remix of Kelis – ‘Milkshake’
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, for those that don’t know, who are you, what do you do and what style(s) of music do you play?
I’m Kid Kasino, i’m a producer/DJ from the south-coast of the UK. I produce music that has a vintage feel mixed with modern beats and big basslines. I take influence from all genres of music whether it be Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Broken-Beat, Funk, Soul, anything that i listen to that i really dig just goes into the melting pot and comes out in my music. Being a trained jazz musician and arranger though, one of my big loves is the sound of Big Band and Swing music and i’m lucky enough now with the emergence of the Electro-Swing scene to now be able to add that into the mix as well.
Your first single is coming soon – could you give us some more info?
It’ll be out this year, it’s a cover of an old Eartha Kitt song that i picked up and started messing about with, doing my own thing on it. Then i got my mate Shea Soul to re-vocal it and she nailed it as you’ll hear, she’s got a great character to her voice which really captures the vintage sound and works great with the modern production.
How’s the album coming along?
Great. I’ve got a whole heap of tracks, actually probably about 2 albums worth sitting on my hard drive and i’m still making more all the time. The thing is, in this day and age with music being so accessible and instant, people tend to try and meet the demand by rushing stuff and just throwing it out there, which is cool, but there’s a danger that the quality suffers. That’s not my vibe, i’d rather take my time and release a quality product that i’m not going to look back on and go “i wish i’d taken more time over it..”
As the great Dr Dre says “Still..taking my time to perfect the beat..” (more…)
We’re spoilt by free music this week so we’re going to dive straight on in with an incredible full length compilation…
The Electro Vintage Sounds of the Speakeasy Vol. 2
This 40 track compilation has been put together by DJ Eliazar of the Speakeasy Electro Swing crew. All available totally for free this compilation includes the whole range of electro swing, plus electro blues, gospel, and soul. There are tracks from Cheshire, Defunk, Dunklebunt, Swingrowers, Electric Swing Circus, Jenova Collective, Bobby C Sound and many more. Really, there’s simply too much to describe in this great compilation so get yourself straight over to their website and dive straight on in…
You can download it from here and in case you missed it there’s also Volume 1 which is also available for free from here.
Here’s a nice little remix adding a bit more oomph to Caravan Palace:
It’s great to get a remix of this track because it’s one of those that will happily cross over between the most mainstream party going and a more discerning audience. Plus the original is only about 2 minutes long and so it was always over too quick!
Liking this a lot! Brass, beats, bongos and a bit of Superstyling. Nice.
Here’s a rather nice swinging remix of Just The Two Of Us:
The Jenova Collective are straying a little from the swing sound with this but a remix of Ain’t No Sunshine is always welcome…
Jeeves and Wooster brought back to life. Yes!
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I’ve been waiting for my recent run of gigs to finish so I could put out this mix. This was the live set I played at Hot Club De Swing in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago, and to be honest I think it’s a really damn good mix. It definitely got everyone jumping which has to be a good sign!
Electric Swing Circus – Remix Competition
The Electric Swing Circus have offered out the stems of their track Bella Belle for anyone who fancies remixing it. Go here for the details. Here’s the original track:
Here’s two tracks from DJ Django mixing 50′s style rock & roll mixed with some nice deep bass action. Great stuff!
Here’s a quality remix of the lovely Alice Francis. Nice.
Here’s Professor Green bringing the fun back into music with his outside the box thinking…
Does what it says on the tin. Will Smith and Parov Stelar innit…
Hey hey hey! It’s DJR here with another roundup of all the best things happening in the world of vintage beats along with the odd dollop of balkan, world music, jazz and whatever else I can find to rock your world! Big shout out to Birmingham’s Hot Club De Swing where I had a great time last weekend playing alongside The Electric Swing Circus, the mighty Kaptin of Boomtown and C@ In The H@.
Sammy Senior’s new swing track Bounce accidentally missed the cut last time, however should be a must for any ghetto swing DJ. I road-tested it on Friday night and it went down a storm. The rest of the EP is more straight up ghetto funk.
Rather enjoying this freebie from Skeewiff on a Cumbia tip. Great stuff.
More Cumbia here and plenty of world flavours and swinging beats. Check it:
Here’s Francis Red getting down and dirty with Jazzotrons Get Up:
Here’s another good slice of bass and swing from Extra Medium.
Electro-blues funkiness going on:
Here’s a nice funked up version of Tutti Frutti, download from here.
So with the blog now buzzin’ with a full team of writers I thought it’s about time you meet the new additions to the blog along with a reminder of the rest of the crew.
So this is me striking a pose after the latest Electro Swing Ball. Editor, breaks fanatic and all round music nut. Currently striving to make this website the very best out there and also dabbling in DJing, production, music promotion and soon to be bringing a high quality, music sample pack store to life right here on the blog. Keep ‘em peeled. On offer below are hours of current and past DJ mixes and some simple but effective mashups, blends and bootlegs. Go fill ya boots!
Dastardly Kuts, or Dion to his mates, has been an essential part of the team for a couple of years now, digging out the freshest and funkiest tracks and mixes known to man. He has also graced us with plenty of exclusive tracks and DJ mixes of his own, most recently the Nufunk Mix Up series, where he uses only tracks featured in the world famous Nufunk Round Up and creates a wicked showcase mix every four weeks or so. You can also grab some of his latest production work alongside Aditup in their Adz ‘n’ Kutz guise. Both of them have been working hard in the scene and their latest original release is sounding banging! Details soon but in the mean time get downloading some funky sounds below.
DJR aka David Rickard has been a long time supporter of the blog and has had a huge input into the new design and technical side of the latest incarnation of the site. When he asked about an Electro Swing round up I jumped at the chance and it’s now one of the most popular parts of the blog. Whilst writing his bi-weekly piece he also runs the hugely successful Electro Swing Ball events and DJ’s Swing all over the country. You can catch him September 27th warming things up for the Electric Swing Circus at Hot Club De Swing. Check out all details HERE. Grab yourself some awesome music from DJR below and be sure to watch his competition winning mini mix video.
Tariq has joined the team recently providing us with his unbeatable knowledge of all things future jungle, hardcore breaks, drum & bass and all areas in between. Currently the major online presence in all genres mentioned its safe to say we have the expert on board.
“I started out in 2010 doing a radio show on Birmingham based station, Radio Youthology, the bizarely named ‘Tea With Tariq’ was one of the first radio shows to prominently feature J-Tek & Future/140 Jungle, early shows included interviews with Top Drawer Digital owner and pducer, Lucas & DJ Flashback of The Flashback Project. In 2011, I started writing for the Future Jungle Blog and moved over to nu-rave.com for a weekly show and now have a 2nd weekly show on soniczooradio.com where I continue to support my beloved sounds of 140/Future Jungle, NuSkool/Hardcore Breaks, DnB/Jungle & House N Bass.”
Check out his”Free Breaks Blogcast” below for an insight to the kind of sounds Tariq is feeling at the moment.
DJ Hazard & D Minds-Mr Happy (Pyramid Refix)
Mat Tha hat-Point Blank
Jarvis Ft Ivy Jayne -Home (Mat Tha Hat Remix)
The Force -Full Of Stars
Serial Killaz -Dutty Sound
Dephonix-The Way I Dub
Schoco – Inside My Skin (Strange Rollers Remix)
Rolling Paper – The Middle Of The Jungle
Jem One -The Bleep
Freestylers -The Coming Storm VIP
DJ Flow-Run For It
Pressa -Killa Soundboy
Bad Habit vs Strange Rollers -Dawn Of the Lotus
Bay B Kane Vs Pressa -Zen Motion Sense 10 [Beat Breaker Refix)
Strangenotes - I Just Don’t No
Another recent addition Fonik has been drafted in, again for his unwavering passion and knowledge for all things breakbeat. Having been a stateside breaks dj since 1997 and music producer since 2001 he certainly knows his stuff. In addition to Free Breaks Blog, Fonik has a site he runs called the Art of Remix on Facebook and considers himself a devout collector of breaks with his library including the entire discography of many past labels.
As an introduction he has mixed up this epic three hour progressive/tech breaks workout as an exclusive download. The mixing is flawless and track selection is spot on. Download now!
01 – Douglas Howarth – Leap Of Faith (Timewave Remix)
02 – Douglas Howarth – Would You Make Toasts With Me
03 – OceanLab – On A Good Day (REL1 Re-Rub)
04 – Guy J – Lamur (Citriq Lines Remix)
05 – Seven Lions – Tyven
06 – Zedd – Spectrum (Detach Remix)
07 – Breakzhead – Disposis (Aggresivnes & Factorfunk vs Fonik’s Socialized Edit)
08 – Oleg Nych – When They Leave (Trukers Remix)
09 – Ste4lth – Connection
10 – AFK & Dustin H – Seismic (Stefan Anion’s Running For Cover Mix)
11 – Ste4lth & Justin Tyme – Altered Reality
12 – Hybrid – Out Of The Dark
13 – Karl Sav – Bone Marrow
14 – Faskil – Masquerade
15 – Eugene Keim – Non Addictive (Nik Mechikov Remix)
16 – The Fixionist – Pho Li Ho Mist
17 – Orbital – Halcyon (Trukers Remix)
18 – Ozgur Can & Rouzbeh Delavari – Eternity (Chris Lake Dirty Breaks Mix)
19 – Rob Curtis – The Assessment (Fonik’s Inside-Outro Edit)
21 – Jillian Ann – King Of Solitude (Faskil Breaks Vocal Mix)
22 – Kirsty Hawkshaw – Reach For Me (Future Funk Squad Mix)
23 – Product 01 – Destrukt (Curl & Dean Remix)(Never released)
24 – Trocoloco – Rhythm Diving
25 – Beta – Feel
25 – Lo IQ – Panda & Dot Dot
26 – Kemtrails – Crystal (Colombo Remix)
27 – Colombo – Sediments
28 – Aion – Destiny (Sharaz Nite Sky Mix)
29 – Starecase – Faith (General Midi’s Very Metal Mix)
30 – Scrambler & Amarevois – Free (Lostep Class Of 95 Reunion Mix)
We still have a few other writers who get drafted in when needed and they will be featured soon, but for know be safe in the knowledge that the Free Breaks Blog has some of the most passionate DJ’s, writers and producers on board to bring you the very best music we can find.
Want to know what we kept going on about? Here’s the video from our recent Electro Swing Ball including footage of Bertie Dastard rinsing it out at 5mins 30secs.
If you fancy seeing me out and about next week I’ll be warming up for The Electric Swing Circus at Birmingham’s Hot Club de Swing on the 27th September.
Right, enough of that, let’s get on to the music.
Wattie Green has posted three rather nice mixes of Caravan Palace, all ready for download. What a nice chap!
It’s always nice to have something new from the Jenova Collective and now they’re dabbling their feet into ghetto swing. Keep it up boys!
Here’s a nice light hearted tune from Kiss Me Yesterday with Extra Medium on the remix. Download from facebook.
Here’s a nice slab of balkan grooves from DJ Badre:
The new album has come out by Menage Quad. There’s a whole pile of great tracks here in a swing-hop style and it’s available from bandcamp on a name your own price basis. Here’s my favorite:
Loving the gospel flavours on this:
Skeewiff – Ghetto Latin & Broken Ballroom
Skeewiff never seems to disappoint with his new releases and this ones no exception. There’s a whole range of influences going on with this album from latin, swing, tango, rumba, waltz and so, so much more. I’m not sure how many will find their way into DJ sets, it’s more suited to be taken as a whole album.
Boardwalk Empire have created a special music project entitled Sounds of The Onyx that features rare jazz recordings from the Prohibition Era remixed by some of the best contemporary urban music producers. There’s loads of good remixes to discover here and it’s available from itunes.
Scoured Cream Vol#3
On the last roundup two weeks ago I managed to miss out the other big release of the moment which was Scoured Cream Vol#3 from the mighty Spinforth. Most readers of this blog are probably fully aware of it already but in case you’re not there’s a whole load of great glitch, nu-funk and ghetto swing business going on. You can read Bertie Dastards assessment of it in the Free Breaks Blogs reviews section. Available to buy from Juno and here’s my highlight with the rather nice Jump & Jiving from The Phunk Junkies:
Bart & Baker feat Nicolle Rochelle - The Josephine Baker All Stars EP
If you like the gentle, bouncy Bart & Baker sound then you should like this EP of remixes in tribute to Josephine Baker. With mixes from James Copeland, DJ Mibor and Bart&Baker themselves it’s worth a look. Available from Juno.
Jamie Berry EP – Teaser
There’s a new EP coming from Jamie Berry on the 27th September and here’s the blues tinged Carnival from it which is sounding rather fine.:
I’ve really enjoyed finding this mix from The Fritz this week mixing up in the ghetto funk end of the swing:
Dutty. Moonshine. In. The. Mix. Oh yes…
Last shout goes to this rather interesting mix which features live accompaniment on clarinet and trumpet:
That’s it for this week. If you’ve got anything you’d like included in future roundups hit me up on soundcloud or facebook. To find out more about my own events check out the Electro Swing Ball.
We had an absolutely incredible evening in a beautiful setting for this event. We were hosted by Telford & Wrekin Council (how often do you shout out the council!?) and they’d done an incredible job providing the most beautiful marquee we’ve ever seen along with a top class soundsystem and, count them, four sound engineers. Our bands were really good – if you fancy an entertaining band playing old style songs on ukulele, tea chest bass and the musical saw then check out the Hot Potato Syncopators. Thoroughly great chaps and lots of fun. Our second band were a seven piece called Lunatrix who have built up a great reputation on the live circuit and are really engaging performers and thoroughly recommended for any electro-swing night going. This was all topped off by burlesque, belly dancers, our compere Liberty Pink, yours truly and the ‘don’ – the one and only Bertie Dastard who got to tear out the swing-hop and bad bass business for the last hour.
Happily, since this event went down everythings got a bit calmer at Swing Towers, and life can once again be dedicated to searching out the best music around.
Caro Emerald seems to be the poster for mainstream acceptance of the vintage beats movement, and the target of another rather nice remix of her track Liquid Lunch.
Bart & Baker have celebrated getting to 10,000 likes on facebook by releasing this rather tasty house style remix of their track Big Band. Free download from here.
Here’s a new one from South Africa’s DJ Django. He’s got a really nice vintage vocal and mixed it with plenty of squelchy bass. Nice. Free download from here.
Bryx does a great remix of Parov Stelar that keeps it swinging whilst bringing a bucket load of bad ass bass.
Kitten & The Hip seem to be building their reputation well at the moment and here’s a nice remix which mixes her vocals with, well, baroque beats….
The introduction says they’re one of the greatest electro-swing bands of all time… well we’ll leave the jury out on that one, but they may be one to watch.
This one got missed from the roundup last time, but certainly requires checking out if ya ain’t got it yet! Lovely bluesy retro feel.
Loving this mashup by Sam Redmore sticking Missy Elliot over a cumbia beat:
Well after the excitement of the mighty Boomtown it’s all a bit quieter this week… Boomtown clearly showed how strong the swing scene has become over the last couple of years. What’s very noticeable is that it wasn’t just the dedicated stages such as the Ballroom that were playing swing influenced tracks, but you could hear them being played across the festival over the many other stages. There was one random moment though… everyone turned up at the main stage at 9pm on the Sunday evening expecting to see Parov Stelar perform the headline set, only for Arrested Development to walk out. Not entirely unwelcome but cue thousands of very confused people! Thankfully Parov Stelar did follow afterwards and finished the festival in real style. If you haven’t been to Boomtown before, set a date in your diary for next year because it truly is second to none for the amount of effort they go to. If you don’t believe me find a picture of the Lions Den reggae stage – quite the best looking stage going!
Electro Swing Ball In The Park Competition
In case you missed it we’re running a competition to win a pair of tickets to the upcoming Electro Swing Ball on the 31st August in Telford. Both myself and Free Breaks Blogs supremo Bertie Dastard are playing so there’s no excuse in not giving it a go – all you have to do is send an e-mail! Go here for the details and the full lineup.
It’s really nice of Tommy Boy to enable downloads for the instrumental mix of the absolutely massive Pack Your Trunk. Get this while you can and then head over to juno to get the full vocal version. This goes down a storm every time I play it!!
Fresh off the press is the latest single from Menage Quad. This has a really nice downtempo groove with some really nice vocals. Very good.
Here’s a great freebie from Lyre Le Temps with plenty of funk and bass in it:
I’m liking this simple but effective house style workout from Moresq:
Always great to have new material from Phil Mac, with vocals from Rob Da Bank…
Apologies if you’re not in the UK, however if you are and you’re interested in the swinging / gypsy and more alternative sides of dance music then there is only one place to be this weekend… Boomtown Fair 2013. With a lineup including The Parov Stelar Band, Slamboree, Dutty Moonshine, Electric Swing Circus, C@ In The H@, Swingrowers, Swing Zazou, Zen Hussies and many many more, this is going to be one incredible weekend. If you want to spot me, I’ll be the one rooted to the very middle of the dancefloor all weekend!
It’s always cracking to have new music from Johnny Lectro and this one’s a delight. Old style vocals with a bumping house beat. Oh yes. Free download via facebook.
Here’s one of ghetto funks heavy hitters showing off his more chilled side. Loving the cool vibes sound Mr Needles!
Super Mario and swing? Who woudathunkit?
It’s great to see Gramophonedzie chipping in with a free swing house track:
With a title like Dancing At The Speakeasy this had to get my attention. It’s actually more of a jazz groover but would work well at the start of a night to set the mood.
Nice groove and appears to have been missed by everyone. Sweet.