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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

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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

 

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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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Nufunk Round Up

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Arthur Conley – Funky Street (Odjbox Remix)

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Odjbox is back with yet another insanely catchy glitch/swing/bass remix for free download. His take on the classic sounds of Arthur Conley’s ‘Funky Street’ is a head nodding, toe tapping, funky jam that will shake up many a dancefloor with its crispy beats, catchy hooks and soulful vocals. Grab the goods for free download from his Bandcamp page whilst its still fresh.

Odjbox has received wide support throughout the industry over the last few years, including a humbling feature on George Ergatoudis’s ( BBC  Radio 1 – Head Of Music) personal blog, a Mixmag Lab session with Brown & Gammon / Flux Pavilion as well as radio support from “Diplo & Friends” Radio One session and 1extra plays from Mistajam. Odjbox has over 21,000 individual bandcamp downloads, 1.8 million total plays on soundcloud and has featured regularly on The Hype machine with a No.1 & No.3 within the same week for his tracks “Birmingham” & “The Only One”. Ontop of all this he also won Best UK Glitch Hop DJ at the 2014 Glitch Hop Awards…

 

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Electro Swing Roundup – October/November 2014

Electro Swing Roundup – October / November 2014

Darkside of the Electro Swing Ball

First off better apologise for last month… starting your own business means that time suddenly becomes very precious and unfortunately last month didn’t make the cut. Still just means that this month is better than ever.

If I was you lot I’d ask for your money back…

Darkside of the Electro Swing Ball

Since I’ve been starting to get on top of my work at Vintage Wedding DJ, I thought it was time to get back into another project and so it has to be time to run another event. We’ve been promising to get the scandalous scamps of electro swing up to Shropshire for a while and so we’re delighted to be welcoming Dutty Moonshine up to join us for our next Electro Swing Ball. We’re going in deeper and darker for this one (definitely would suit the readers of this blog well) so if you live anywhere near the West Midlands come join us for one all mighty shakedown. Getting dressed up is de rigueur for our events and we’ve got another cracking lineup which also features Free Breaks Blog’s head honcho Bertie Dastard, ghetto funkster Supabad (who was very appropriately christened James Brown by his parents – how cool???), hosted as ever by the Delightful Mrs Rickard, Liberty Pink as jazz singer extraordinaire and compère, award winning burlesque from Verity Grey, and myself..? Well I’m doing the premiere of my new VJ set called DJR presents Swing The Silver Screen. It’s gonna be stunning. Find out more here.

Slamboree Live + Caravan Palace DJ Set @ Electric Brixton, Nov 15th

Slamboree Caravan Palace Brixton
Also forthcoming is very impressive lineup on the 15th of November down in London-town. The Electric Brixton parties have been building up a great reputation and they return with the new show by festival legends Slamboree topping the bill, (this is one collective that everyone should experience at least once) along with electro swing legends Caravan Palace providing a DJ set, and also plenty of FBB favorites in the shape of Featurecast, Father Funk, Rumpsteppers, DJ Pony Montana, Dr. Malaka and DJ Chris Tofu.  For those haven’t been to the Electric Brixton  – it’s a stunning 1700 capacity period style venue which lends itself to this style of hoedown perfectly and it has been sold out for all of its events recently. I’m going to be down there to experience it all first hand so I’ll be reporting back next month on the biggest shakedown in the swing world. Find out more here.

See you on the dancefloor. ;)

Free Music

Let’s kick off with a strong start… The Flatcap boys have been adding some squelch to Get Up Stand Up. Good shit.

Kaptin and his Big Swing Soundsystem have turned a tidy bootleg in here:

Copycat getting funky again:

This is good. Quality swing & balkan vibes with Nikola Vujicic on the remix:

The grime sound of Dizzee Rascal has been matched up with some funky balkan beats on this tidy freebie from Smokey Joe & The Kid. Download.

Liking this, nice deep groove from the debut EP by Mortisville.

I might be pretty godless, but this makes me want to go to church. Yes yes electro-gospel goodness!

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JEM STONE – STORM IN A TEA CUP

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Jem Stone has unleashed one of the stand out tracks from his “Well Oiled” Ep for free download. “Storm In A Tea Cup” combines elements house, funk, swing and bass to create a wicked dance floor bumper.

Check out more of Jems music over at http://jem-stone.bandcamp.com/

 

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