Wow, isn’t life busy! There’s lots going on at the moment… big releases coming out, NYE parties to plan, and festive cheer is in the air! Over at Swing Towers we’re getting ready for our next event (shameless plug – poster is above) where we’re delighted to be welcoming the mighty Electric Swing Circus. If you’re in the West Midlands area of the UK come on down – I guarantee it will be fabulous. I’ve heard a few whispers about Boomtown and once again the lineup is looking incredible and tickets are flying out. For all readers of Free Breaks Blog it has to have the best lineup going. The other big announcement is that Swingamajig is back again in Birmingham on the 4th May with arguably the best electro swing lineup of any festival, well, ever I reckon! Apart from that we have heard that there may be a bit more competition in the blogosphere, but forget the young upstarts you know where the best info is…
Ahead of their first EP which is coming out very soon, the Jenova Collective have given away two swinging stompers for free:
Ghetto Funk have released a great free EP from Howla which features this banger for free. Aren’t they kind?
Enjoying the drum & bass grooves on this swinger. Great stuff.
Ecklectic Mick has been having fun mixing up the Andrews Sisters:
There’s a nice swinging house groove on this from Electro Swing Stuttgart:
I seem to have missed this one when it came out a bit ago, definitely worth a repost though. Great funky grooves!
Here’s a nice bluesy remix featuring Howlin’ Wolf, download from facebook.
And last up is this, entertaining if slightly strange version of Jingle Bells from Skeewiff. It does slightly remind me of happy hardcore in places, which is well disquieting to say the least…
White Mink Black Cotton 3
The release of the moment is certainly still White Mink Black Cotton 3 on Freshly Squeezed. DJ Switch has provided a mashed up version of it which gives me a great excuse to post it again. Highly recommended and available from here.
The WooHoo Revue – Remixed Vol.1
Ragtime Records have been busy gathering together a rather fine EP remixing Australias The WooHoo Revue. I road-tested a couple of these on last Friday and I have to say they go down really well. The remixes range in style from gypsy house to glitch hop, breaks to minimal from artists such as Skeewiff, donJohnston, Sound Nomaden and Audioprophecy.
Jemstone – Well Oiled Machine EP
After getting truly hooked on his Pack Your Trunk release with Kid Creole it’s great to have Jemstone back with some more bass heavy groovers. There’s three tunes to check here on his latest EP available from bandcamp.
The Young Punx – Kowloon Kickback (Gramophonedzie Mix)
Really loving this – it has to be worth £1.73 of your money – big horns, loads of excitement – dancefloor gold. This weeks essential release.
Leygo – Raggy Mop
If you like your harder edged ghetto swing then you should check out the new remix EP of Leygo. Available from Juno and personally I reckon this is the one to pick out:
BadBoe – Hit It Maestro
My ears certainly pricked up when I heard this on BadBoes Pump Up The Funk Remixed LP. The rest of the album is more straight ahead ghetto funk, but this one certainly has a bit of a vintage flavour to it. Available from Juno.
Dutty Moonshine – Rauchester EP 2 (teaser)
It’s good to see a follow up for the Rauchester EP is on the way:
Been enjoying this all round mix from The Swing Bot. Plenty of chilled stuff mixed in with party bangers.
Gramophonedzie have released for me the pick of this roundups releases above, and so they earn a place for their recent DJ mix too. A bit of swing and plenty of house.
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.