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Swingamajig 2013

Swingamajig 2014

It’s that time of year again and in the UK we’re building up to the biggest electro swing festival going, Birmingham’s Swingamajig. Following off from last years truly stunning event, this year they’re bigger than ever with a really strong lineup including Molotov Jukebox, Electric Swing Circus, The Destroyers, Renegade Brass Band, Fresh Dixie Project, Smokey Joe & the Kid, Sam Green & the Midnight Heist, Jenova Collective, Lunatrix, After Hours Quintet, Temple Funk Collective, loads of DJ’s, swing dancing, lindyhop, circus performers, vintage cinema and much much more. Oh and some chap called DJR…

You can check out the full lineup at the Swingamajig website and tickets are a bargain at only £20 so don’t waste time and get them now!

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Here’s a great remix of Bart & Baker’s Swing Phonmenon – free to download from the Pep’s Show Boys facebook.

JPod getting funky with the Andrews Sisters! Sweet.

Sammy Senior has been bringing his ghetto funk and old style flavour to K7′s Hi De Ho. Recommended.

New from Future Swing Stories…

Johnny Lectro has been adding delicious blues licks to a grooving 130bpm beat. Nice.

Nuno Endo has stuck up a new edit of Ella Fitzgerald’s Teardrops From My Eyes:


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Electro Swing Ball Feels The Love

Well we all had an incredible time at the latest Electro Swing Ball. Shout out to all our incredible performers, the Electric Swing Circus, Bertie Dastard, Supabad, White Rose, Luna Diosa, CircusMASH and Jazz Jive Swing. It’s such a privilege playing for such a gorgeous and glamorous crowd who embrace the music so enthusiastically and who make each Ball such a special event.

Now that it’s done it’s time to get back to normal service and come through with another roundup of all the new movers in the world of the swingers…

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Top of the class goes to the C@ in the H@ who’s been adding a nice little bassy wobble to Nina’s timeless classic:

Here’s another classic getting a tweak, altogether now, you give me fever all through the night…

Wolfgang Lohr puts together some really nice productions and this freebie has a nice house groove with a bit of a swinging twist. I’ve no clue what the German vocals are saying though!

Here’s a grooving house number from Madame Electrife. Particularly like the jazz style walking bassline which appears at times:

Here’s a nicely produced remix of Atum:

If you like the big room EDM sound then you might like this from new on the block Dotse:


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Electro Swing BallHello hello. The latest Electro Swing Roundup has been held up by her majesty’s thieving tax monkeys demanding some accounts being handed in. But fear thee not normal service has been resumed and we’ve got some blinding tracks for you!

As I may have mentioned, sumptuous preparations are in place for the Electro Swing Ball Feels The Love - and it’s going to be truly  exquisite. Come and join us for a night of vintage glamour at a Valentines Ball featuring the Electric Swing Circus, DJR, Bertie Dastard, Supabad, live circus acts, burlesque, boylesque and much more.

Right let’s get into it. First up an exclusive from Dr Cat…


The Real Tuesday Weld. “Me and Mr Wolf (Dr Cat Remix)

Dr Cat

Green Queen Music’s Dr Cat has kindly offered us the exclusive on his remix of The Real Tuesday Weld. It’s available for free from his facebook – in exchange for a quick like. Go do it!


Copperdollar, the award-winning performance company known for their cutting-edge and mixed-media immersive theatre productions inspired by Mexico’s Day Of The Dead have released a 15 track CD Copperdollar on Freshly Squeezed Records. Here’s the video from their shows and the album sampler is below. Available from Juno.

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Loving this funked up remix of Elvis’ A Little Less Conversation:

House grooves and swing always seem to be a winner and I’m enjoying this with Don Mescal on remix duty:

Here’s a fun edit of Baked A Cake from DJ Tomahawk:

This ones good fun too. It’s called Slapstick and all it’s really missing are the clowns…

Extra Medium are building up for their album release on the 24th. In the mean time they’ve released this freebie:



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White Mink London

The big news on the live front is that White Mink are returning to London with a quarterly residence at Village Underground. They’re kicking off on 8th Feb with an all star lineup of Bart & Baker, Kid Kasino, Nick Hollywood, Chris Tofu and many more. If you’re in the capital it’s got to be the place to be.

Of course up here we’re getting ready for our next Electro Swing Ball. If you wondering what I keep going on about, check out our latest promo video here:

Finally make sure you check out Free Breaks Blogs new sample pack Beat Juice Vol. 1. With over 500 expertly crafted original breaks loops this is a must for any producer, remixer and DJ.

Beat Juice Vol 1

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Oh my god I got excited when this turned up on my soundcloud feed. The Phantom has become such a classic in the swing world, and any excuse to play it again has to be a good thing. Plenty of festivals are going to be hit by this beauty this summer!

This freebie from Cee-Roo is supremely funky and will fit nicely into many a set.

Grant Lazlo has been celebrating the festive season by being really generous. He’s given away a tasty remix of Stevie Wonders Superstition, three tracks off his album, and one older track. The quality of all of them is really good and if you like these check out his album here.



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Electro Swing Ball Feels The Love

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…

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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…

New Releases

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:


DJ Mixes

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.

Kid Kasino – Exclusive Interview + Free Download

Kid Kasino


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…)

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DJ Eliazar - Sounds of the speakeasy

We’re spoilt by free music this week so we’re going to dive straight on in with an incredible  full length compilation…

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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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DJR@Hot Club De Swing

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:


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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…


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Electro Swing Roundup

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@.

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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.


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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.

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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:


New Releases

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.

Highly recommended! Available from Juno.

Boardwalk Empire – Sounds Of The Onyx

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.:

DJ Mixes

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.


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Electro Swing Ball In The Park

The Electro-Swing Ball In The Park

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.

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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:


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Boomtown - Parov Stelar

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.

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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…


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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!

Free Music

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.


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