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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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 years in the making, this new LP by Xilent is bucking the trend of declining sales and doing incredibly well on iTunes & beatport, a combination of uptempo bass beats, DnB and plenty of Glitch Hop, check the trailer below and hear for yourself why this is doing so well!!
Glitch at its very glitchiest and most funky, Ksst3l’s ‘Got To Be Real comes with a set of remixes that will give you more bass for your buck!!! Getting in on the remix action are Skope, William Breakspear & Cut La Roc ensuring plenty of dancefloor action!!!
With a discography spanning some of the very best glitch hop labels in the world right now, you know you should be paying attention when Canadian producer Flavours drops a new track. This time around however he’s doing things slightly differently. Not only letting loose his awesome future funk / glitch hop reworking of the classic”Family Affair” by Mary J Blige for free download but also a very clever, live turntablism video showcasing the track.
With slick edits, crisp cuts, crunchy beats and kicking more funk than shaolin monk, Flavours rework gets heads nodding and feet moving. A perfect modern day update to a classic.
Ch-ch-ch check out the video below and be sure to head over to his Bandcamp page where you can grab the track on a pay what you want basis, and you want to pay a couple of £/$ right? Thought so. Support independent musicians! You can also grab a load of freebies from his Soundcloud page.