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!


There’s not been that many Frank Sinatra remixes done yet, but this ain’t bad from Phylo. Available from his  facebook.

Grant Lazlo going in deep…

Very housey this but it does have a nice little swing style break in the middle:

Not heard of Finger Tanzen before but this is quite interesting.

Tomahawk back on the electro blues tip:

More Tomahawk:

Okay it’s not strictly swing or vintage but I could see this sneaking in amongst your ghetto swing tracks:

Smoother jazzy styling here from Extra Medium:

Dr Hooka here tweaking Basschimps vintage, bass & hip hop:

There’s a whole mix of style going on with this from very new to very old. You decide.

Not sure how to describe this either. Worth a listen though:

New Releases

Sound Nomaden – Madame

It’s great to see that Sound Nomaden has finally released his debut album. With a whole range of different instruments used and combining influences as diverse as swing, jazz, folk, ska and even classical there’s lots to check out on here.

Mouthful o’ Jam, Vol. 2 – Selected by DJ Swing Maniac

DJ Swing Maniac has been doing great work reminding us all where this music called swing originated on this his second volume of Mouthful o’ Jam. It’s released on Green Queen and is perfect for those 1920’s parties where you want to play some of the original goodness that got it all going. Available from itunes.

DJ Dunya – Xyloswing

Good to see DJ Dunya getting a good EP out on none other than Freshly Squeezed Records. Get your good swingy stuff from Juno.

Swingrowers – Midnight

Swingrowers have a new single out on Freshly Squeezed – this uplifting and joyous slice of live swing sounds great to me. Get it from juno.

Peps Show Boys / Louis Armstrong / Sebastian Roeser – Electroswing Show

Here’s a strong release to check out on Chinchin Germany. Good uplifting and funky stuff. Available from Juno.

Kid Kasino – Trick or Treat EP

You may miss Halloween now, but certainly don’t miss checking this out from Kid Kasino. Particularly like Headless Horseman which I’m sure would always fit into a set at any time of year.

Phil Mac – Be There Too

Congratulations to Phil Mac for his first release on his own Spare Room Records. Good luck – you deserve to be really successful because your records have always been great. Available from beatport

Frizzo – Betty Swing EP

Glasgows Frizzo has a new two track EP out on Billybong. Available from Juno.

Gentlemen Callers of LA – The Harlem Renaissance

Forthcoming on Green Queen Music is the this tasty little number. Mixing a solid deep beat with some jazzy licks this record will go down a storm. Remix action is done by none other than Bart & Baker. Available from Juno from the 18th of November.

DJ Mixes

With a number of Halloween flavored swing releases out at the moment such as the Kid Kasino one above, there seem to be quite a few Halloween mixes around too. Here’s Cab Canavaral’s offering:

And another solid offering from the prolific Doctor Hooka:

That’s it. See you in a month! If you’ve got anything you’d like included in future roundups hit me up on soundcloud.

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