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