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Jamko’s Rebel Roundup #5

 

Greetings Rebels and welcome to another edition of Jamko’s Rebel Roundup. Trying to form any sort of regularity to these has slightly failed, but I will continue to do them as and when time allows. I’ve plenty of new goodies to share with you this time around, with a couple of new faces joining the regular motley crew. Please remember to leave your likes and comments for the artists as they are always greatly appreciated, as well as spreading this Rebel Roundup far and wide, so that great music makes it to the ears of people who should know about it. If you find anything you think should be included in a future Roundup, please fire an email over to jamkosrebelroundup@gmail.com.

So then ladies and gentleman, I give to you Rebel Roundup #5:

 


We’ll start things off by welcoming back the French gangsters of Swing – Smokey Joe & The Kid. Armed with an MPC and enough cuts to even give DJ Switch a run for his money, the duo have been blowing up dancefloors across the globe with their live shows. Here they give the Andrews Sisters the gangster treatment with a dirty bassline to boot. Schön is available for free download via their Bandcamp page.

Smokey Joe & The Kid on Facebook

 


If you haven’t heard of Electric Swing Circus by now, chances are you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so. The 6-piece band from Birmingham have been headlining some of the best stages up and down the UK, as well as apperances in mainland Europe. They curate their own club night Hot Club de Swing, and recently ran their sell-out one day festival Swingamajig. To top it off they’ve recorded their debut album, funded by their fans, which is to be officially released on Ragtime Records in July this year. Having filmed arguably two of the best music videos in the scene, they are now back with their third! This one is for the mighty Valentine (probably one of my favourite tracks from their album), enjoy!

Electric Swing Circus on Facebook

Also, out today is the second release on Birmingham-based label Ragtime Records. The infamous single from Electric Swing Circus – The Penniless Optimist with remixes from C@ in the H@, Vassili Gemini and Sam Redmore. Available to buy through all major digital music outlets.

 


Having had an epic computer meltdown Howla is now back in the game. With his chunky basslines and quick fire mixes he’s been abusing punters and promoters alike. After only recently discovering Howla myself, I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to us in the future. Get ‘em Jumpin’ is available to buy through Howla’s Bandcamp page.

Howla on Facebook

 


Sound Assembly have been making dance floors move across the UK with their futuristic take on the genre which they call “Nu-Skool Swing”. Get ready for banging rhythms, fat ass bass and the downright sleazy swagger of Miss Bloomer. Check out this really cool animated video for their new single Man or Machine.

Sound Assembly on Facebook

 


No-one has risen in the genre as quickly as Leeds producer Jamie Berry. He has released a large number of brilliant original tracks as well as remixing some of the biggest artists in the Electro Swing scene. His latest creation Sweet Rascal is available to download for free through the Soundcloud link.

Jamie Berry on Facebook

 


Skeewiff is one of the most prolific producers I’ve ever seen, and his Electro Swing & Gospel breaks album was greatly received by the Electro Swing scene. You can now get your hands on the remix album with remixes from Bart & Baker, Funk Ferret, DJ Love, Vassili Gemini, Cab Canavaral, and Skee. Out now on Juno.

Skeewiff on Facebook

 


Imagine Mr Scruff drinking cups of tea with The Chemical Brothers whilst babysitting DJ Yoda and you might start to come close to the sounds infused by Grinny Grandad. He’s just released his new 3-track EP The Car Bootleg for free which you can download through his Soundcloud page. Check out the wonderful Swim Fish for an idea of what to expect.

Grinny Grandad on Facebook

 


The badboys of Electro Swing are back with another banger on Rocstar. This time Dutty Moonshine are joined with remixes from William Breakspear and Beat3. Bodyrocka is available to purchase now through Juno.

Dutty Moonshine on Facebook

 


2 x UK DMC Champion JFB is well known for his eclectic DJ sets and impeccable scratch routines, whilst also being a damn good producer. This is his second Electro Swing EP released on Freshly Squeezed Music. Swing Bum EP is available to buy through Juno.

JFB on Facebook

 


London based producer/DJ Tut Tut Child has a deep knack for intricate melodic variation and deep grungy bass. Judging by the response he’s been receiving on this track I think we can expect to see some more Electro Swing arriving in the not too distant future. Juice Joint and Funk is available for free download through his Soundcloud page.

Tut Tut Child on Facebook

 


So we’ve once again reached the end of another Rebel Roundup. I hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of tracks. Please remember to comment on and favourite any of them to show your support to the artist. As always please send me anything you feel deserves a mention in the next article to jamkosrebelroundup@gmail.com and I’ll try and include it.

Posted by James (Jamko)

Electro Swing Events in May

Greetings Electro Swing fans and welcome to this months event listing. This month is very special for us here at Swing Rebellion HQ as we are helping to organise our very own festival! Bank holiday Sunday 5th May sees us take over Digbeth in Birmingham to bring you the first one day festival of Electro Swing, Vintage sound and Gypsy madness! The line up is truly amazing and we guarantee this is something you will not want to miss. We only have a few advanced tickets left though, so don’t hang about if you are thinking of coming!

As well as this there are also a wealth of regular nights running across the UK, so hopefully you can make it along to at least one of them. If you know of any events that are missing please let us know and we’ll add them.

Friday 3rd May – The Friday Night Moonshine Club - Manchester

Saturday 4th May - Lancaster Speakeasy - Lancaster

Sunday 5th May – Swingamajig - Birmingham

Thursday 9th May - Cabaret Voltaire - Bournemouth

Friday 10th May - Cabaret Voltaire - Exeter

Friday 10th May - Swing Electrique - London

Saturday 11th May – Catgroove - Bristol

Friday 17th May – Electro Swing Club - Bristol

Saturday 18th May – Swingbox - Nottingham

Saturday 18th May – Beats and Swing - Portsmouth

Saturday 25th May – Madame Electrifies Discotech - Northampton

Once again we hope you find this listing useful. If you know of any events that are missing from the list please get in touch at swingrebellion@gmail.com so we can add them.

Posted by James (Jamko)

Jamko’s Rebel Roundup #4

 

Welcome back Rebels to another Roundup! Things haven’t quite gone to plan recently, but I’m hoping to make these more of a regular occurrence as I had originally intended. Below you will find a stack of tracks that I feel you shouldn’t miss out on from the last month. Please remember to leave your likes and comments for the artists as they are always greatly appreciated, as well as spreading this Rebel Roundup far and wide, so that great music makes it to the people who should know about it.

So without further-a-do let’s get to it!

 


I think there must be something in the water up in Leeds, as its turning out to be a veritable melting pot for Electro Swing talent! The After Hours Quintet is a fully live outfit featuring Sax, Clarinet, fret-less Bass, Trumpet, Guitar and a turntablist. Check out their latest offering: Red Dust (Swing & Bass Reprise) which Is scheduled for a mid-April release.

The After Hours Quintet on Facebook

 


Having just finished up their Retro Stomper tour in the UK accompanied by Canada’s Defunk, the Dutty boys have unleashed this monster of a track. In my humble opinion this is their best-to-date and I’m looking forward to seeing what this pair of rascals comes up with next. Available for free download through their Facebook page.

Dutty Moonshine on Facebook

 


Things have been all quiet on the Kid Kasino front for a while now as he’s had his head down in the studio working on his hotly anticipated debut album. He’s found time to let this little nugget out of the bag though which Phil Doza has made an awesome video for. I recommend checking out his other videos too as he’s done one for C@ in the H@ as well as a number of great Ghetto Funk artists.

Kid Kasino on Facebook

 


Having received amazing support for its debut release Scoured Cream Vol. 1 as well as winning Best New Label at Breakspoll 2013 , Scour Records , headed up by none other than the infamous Spinforth , are back with Scoured Cream Vol. 2. Full of juicy Ghetto Funk goodness, one that will appeal to the Electro Swing fans for sure is X-Ray Ted’s offering: Jeeves. Available for digital download now via Juno Download

X-Ray Ted on Facebook

 


I’ve been torn over which track to include from Defunk’s latest EP Spells in this edition, so I’ve just given up and decided to include 2 of them! First up is the Glitch Hop production power-house Blunt Instrument with their stellar remix of “I Put A Spell On You feat. Sam Klass & Vindaloo”.

Blunt Instrument on Facebook

Next up Defunk himself provides this squelchy blues banger: Big Momma T. Really loving the groove on this one. Spells EP is out now on Simplify Recordings available for digital download from Beatport

Defunk on Facebook

 


Alex Johnston has been working with vocalist Leo Wood and live instrumentalists of late, striving to take Electro Swing in a new direction, one which doesn’t rely on sampling old records. Growly bass and subtle wobbles combined with the amazing voice of Leo. This one is definitely a winner!

Don Johnston on Facebook

 


Someone else who’s taken a liking to working with instrumentalists is none other than the mighty Odjbox. I may have mentioned once or twice before that I’m a big fan of this guy’s work. Having teamed up with Manouche Guitarist Pierre he’s now treating us to yet another FREE EP available through his Bandcamp page here.

Odjbox on Facebook

 


Having spent several years experimenting with his sound and honing his skills, French DJ and producer Vassili Gemini has found his genre of choice within Electro Swing. Having produced official remixes for Swing Republic, Bart & Baker and Cab Canavaral he is definitely going to be one to watch in 2013. Free download available via his facebook page here.

Vassili Gemini on Facebook

 


“After two years of blowing up French, European and American stages, Smokey Joe & The Kid present their first release LP “Nasty Tricks” on French record label Banzaï Lab. A dangerously efficient mix of hip hop, electro and old Swing, that even 2Pac and Al Capone couldn’t say no to… “. Keep your eyes peeled as the duo will be undertaking the Nasty tour in early 2013 so hopefully you’ll be able to catch them in a city near you soon!

Smokey Joe & The Kid on Facebook

 


Belgian abstract Hip-Hop and Electro Swing produce/DJ Boogie Belgique serves up this wonderful slice of laid back goodness. This one is definitely going to be getting some use in my sets. Available for free download via his SoundCloud page.

Boogie Belgique on Facebook

 


We are moving into the area of Gypsy and Balkan now with the help of Austrian producer/DJ dunkelbunt. Not to be pinned down to one particular genre or style, he draws influence from many areas through his multiple collaborations with other bands and musicians. I’m really enjoying his remix of Sljivovica – Marco Markovic.

dunkelbunt on Facebook

 


To finish off this month’s Roundup we’re keeping the gypsy flavour with Mouldy Soul’s mash-up of Woohoo Revue – Fat Tuesday. Please note; if you are easily offended then please avert your gaze from the artwork! ;)

Mouldy Soul on Facebook

 


So we’ve reached the end of another Rebel Roundup. I hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of tracks. Please remember to comment on and favourite any of them to show your support to the artist. As always please send me anything you feel deserves a mention in the next article to jamkosrebelroundup@gmail.com and I’ll try and include it.

Posted by James (Jamko)

Electro Swing Events in April

Greetings Electro Swing fans and welcome to this months event listing where you can find out what’s going down in the UK this April.

Friday 12th April – Catgroove - Bristol

Saturday 13th April - Lancaster Speakeasy - Lancaster

Thursday 18th April - Cabaret Voltaire - Bournemouth

Friday 19th April - Cabaret Voltaire - Exeter

Saturday 20th April – Electro Swing Club  - London

Saturday 20th April – Beats and Swing - Portsmouth

Tuesday 23rd April - The Jitterbug – Loughborough

Wednesday 24th April - The Jitterbug – Leicester

Saturday 27th April – Speakeasy Liverpool - Liverpool

Saturday 27th April – The Swing Sessions - Southampton

Finally, its not technically in April, but thought I’d sneak it in so you are prepared for next month. Swingamajig is our 1-day Electro Swing festival in Birmingham, and we guarantee this is something you will not want to miss! We’ve had some people asking if the day is correct. Yes, it’s on Sunday, the day after is a bank holiday Monday, so no excuses! ;)

Sunday 5th May – Swingamajig – Birmingham

Once again we hope you find this listing useful. If you know of any events that are missing from the list please get in touch at swingrebellion@gmail.com so we can add them.

Posted by James (Jamko)

Electro Swing Events in March

Apologies for not keeping on top of the event listing so far this year, we’ve had a bit of a crazy schedule!  What with organising a festival, expanding our club nights, and opening a new business, the Swing Rebellion team have been keeping rather busy!  Fear not though, as we are back on the case to bring you the low-down on where you can get your monthly fix of Electro Swing across the UK :) You might want to take note that one of the hottest producers on the scene right now will be embarking on a little tour of the UK this month. Canada’s Defunk will be teaming up with the homegrown bad boys of Swing: Dutty Moonshine for the Retro Stomper Tour (RS Tour), so make sure you try and catch one of these shows!

Saturday 2nd March - Electric Empire - London

Saturday 2nd March - Madame Electrifie’s Discotech - Northampton

Thursday 7th March Speakeasy Leeds - Leeds

Thursday 7th March Shake Ya Bootleg - London (RS Tour)

Saturday 9th March The Wall Street Mash - Manchester

Tuesday 12th March - The Jitterbug - Loughborough

Wednesday 13th March - Cabaret Voltaire - Bournemouth (RS Tour)

Wednesday 13th March - The Jitterbug - Leicester

Thursday 14th March – Bass Jump - Bristol (RS Tour)

Friday 15th March - Hong Kong Ping Pong Club - Falmouth (RS Tour)

Friday 15th March - Alice - Newcastle

Friday 15th March - The Jitterbug - Nottingham

Saturday 16th March - Hot Club de Swing - Birmingham

Saturday 16th March - Lancaster Speakeasy - Lancaster

Saturday 16th March - Dutty Moonshine & Friends - Oxford (RS Tour)

Saturday 16th March - Beats & Swing - Portsmouth

Monday 18th March – Swung out Swag - Leeds (RS Tour)

Thursday 21st March – Sub89 - Reading (RS Tour)

Friday 22nd March – Secret Swing – London

Friday 22nd March – Dapper - Brighton (RS Tour)

Saturday 23rd March – Skafari - Aberystwyth (RS Tour)

Saturday 30th March – Catgroove - Bristol

Once again we hope you find this listing useful. If you know of any events that are missing from the list please get in touch at swingrebellion@gmail.com so we can add them.

Posted by James (Jamko)

Jamko’s Rebel Roundup #3

 

Happy new year Rebels, and welcome to the first Rebel Roundup of 2013!  I hope you’ll forgive me with this one being slightly overdue as I was intending to put this out before Christmas.  Unfortunately due to a slight technical issue (me being far too keen to get home for the holidays), I left the half written roundup on my work computer, forgetting to take a copy with me.  Even though it’s slightly out of date I’m hoping there are some new tracks in here for everyone that you won’t have discovered yet :)

 


So we’ll get this one started with S Strong who seems to be becoming a bit of a regular in the Rebel Roundup, and if he’s going to keep putting together tunes like these I think he’ll be back again!  The Greek DJ and producer with “Swing breaks and wobbly grooves for the dubheads” offers up this little freebie entitled The Rover.

S Strong on Facebook

 


Swing Republic has been on the Electro Swing scene since the very beginning, releasing a wealth of greatly received tracks through Freshly Squeezed.  Their newest album ‘Midnight Calling’ is no exception and producer Per Ebdrup and vocalist Karina Kappel have done an excellent job.  This is the video for ‘High Hats’ which I hope you will enjoy.  Midnight Calling is available to purchase now via Beatport.

Swing Republic on Facebook

 


There is very little information available as to who The Swing Bot actually are, other than they are from Nimes, France.  This is a remix of The Crystal Spring Ramblers – Fort Worth Stomp and is available for free download via their Soundcloud page.  Don’t forget to thanks them and favourite.

The Swing Bot on Facebook

 


I don’t think I’ve seen anyone who can produce tracks as fast as Skeewiff or to such high quality.  It seems rare that I will log into Soundcloud and not find an excellent new track from the London based duo.  This track is part 1 of a series of EP’s from Bart and Baker which remix some of their classic tracks.  Available to purchase now through iTunes, Beatport, Deezer and Music Me.

Sweewiff on Facebook

 


Sammy Senior is a New Zealand born DJ and producer currently residing in Chamonix, France.  Specialising in the Ghetto Funk genre he also likes to try his hand at the odd Swing track here and there.  This one dropped today, so it’s hot off the press.  “Gonna Get High” is available for free download so grab a copy now and remember to thank Sammy while you’re at it.

Sammy Senior on Facebook

 


This is a 4 track EP produced by Germany’s DJ Caspar in 2011, but now available to download for free.  Caspar is the resident DJ for long running party ‘It’s a Swing Thing’ in Munich.

DJ Caspar on Facebook

 


This is the latest release from Canadian bass monster Defunk on High Chai Recordings.  Defunk has been working extremely hard, releasing the vast majority of his tracks via his Bandcamp page where you can name your price.  Retro Baby is his newest offering, available to purchase now through Beatport where you can use the code JANXMG to get 20% off!

Defunk on Facebook

 


Taking things in a slightly different direction but staying with our friend from Alberta, we are going a bit bluesy.  I’m not planning on making a habit of including the same artist twice in one Roundup but when Defunk is putting out tracks of this calibre I think it would be rude not to! Banjo Blues is available to download via Juno as part of the Resoul Records – Fully Loaded Vol. 3 release.

Defunk on Facebook

 


So if you follow me on my Facebook page you’d have seen that I may have let this one out of the bag a bit early…  Hope you’ll forgive me as this was too good not to share straight away.  Keeping things bluesy, download yourself a copy of this Glitch Blues track from Germany’s Minoru via the alternative download link.

Minoru on Facebook

 


The final track is a collaboration between Bournemouth’s Pugzilla and Southampton’s Envious Mind.  This track is available to buy now as part of Scoured Cream: Vol. 01 which is the debut release from brand new label Scour Records, the brain child of the infamous Spinforth who is part of the Ghetto Funk site.

Pugzilla on Facebook

Envious Mind on Facebook

 


So we’ve reached the end of another Rebel Roundup.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of tracks.  Please remember to comment on and favourite any of them to show your support to the artist.  As always please send me anything you feel deserves a mention in the next article to jamkosrebelroundup@gmail.com and I’ll try and include it.

Posted by James (Jamko)

Electro Swing Events in December

Having survived the recent floods here in the UK, we now find ourselves in the icy grip of winter! Fear not though, as we’ve got the low down on the best Electro Swing events happening across the country to keep you out of the cold during this festive period. Make sure you see out the year in style by getting yourself along to one of them!

Saturday 1st December – Electric Empire – London

Saturday 1st December – Swingbox – Nottingham

Thursday 6th December – Cabaret Voltaire – Bournemouth

Friday 7th December – White Mink – Brighton

Saturday 8th December – Beats & Swing – Portsmouth

Saturday 8th December – Mischief – Brighton

Friday 14th December – The Jitterbug – Nottingham

Saturday 15th December – Hot Club de Swing – Birmingham

Saturday 15th December – Electro Swing Club – London

Friday 21st December – Cabaret Voltaire – Exeter

Monday 31st December – Lancaster Speakeasy – Lancaster

Monday 31st December – White Mink – London

Once again we hope you find this listing useful. If you know of any events that are missing from the list please get in touch at swingrebellion@gmail.com so we can add them.

Posted by James (Jamko)