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.
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.
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.
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
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”.
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
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!
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try and include it.
Posted by James (Jamko)