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Hello Swing Rebels and welcome back to Jamko’s Rebel Roundup! It’s been another exciting month for the Electro Swing community, with plenty of fresh and interesting tracks coming out, so I’ve got some tasty little treats to share with you that I hope you’re going to enjoy! Please remember to show your support for the artists by favouriting and commenting on their tracks. Trust me it really makes a big difference!
So I’m going to kick things off this month with a chap who shouldn’t be a stranger to any of you. Hailing from deepest darkest Surrey, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer has been on a personal crusade to re-acquaint the world with the sounds of hip-hop by way of the Queen’s English. Armed with his trusty banjolele, his live recitals have earned him a loyal fan base with people flocking to hear the chap-hop phenomenon. Check out the video for his new track ‘Just like a Chap’ which features a couple of guest appearances. Can you spot them? Free download available on this one in the video description!
Now I’ll admit I’d never heard of this duo until I received an email from one of the members offering this track up for the Rebel Roundup! Tumult are a pair of Danish producers: Jakob Sejer-Nielsen and Per Ebdrups. Those names might not mean very much to you out of context, but if I tell you that Per is the man behind the very successful Swing Republic, then you get an idea of the quality of music you can expect to hear. The track itself is fairly old, but has recently been made available for free download, so why not go and grab yourself a copy!
Max Pashm is one of the people behind the Electro Swing Club phenomenon that has seen ESC club nights spring up all over the world. He’s someone I’ve talked to online for a very long time and I finally got to meet earlier this year at Boomtown Fair after he very kindly invited us to come and perform as The Killer Dillers. Here is his new EP, Kikilaki featuring remixes from Shok’s Red Light District, and Typoboy & Alan de Lanière.
This is the second track produced by British group Little Violet. For having profiles on all the social networking platforms they still manage to actually provide no information as to who they are, so I’m afraid this is going to be very short. I do know however, that this is going to be the b-side to their track “Don’t Stop”, which will be available shortly on Cuckoo Records. Great video for this one!
The After Hours Quintet hailing from Leeds are a fairly new addition to the growing roster of live Electro Swing acts here in the UK. Formed in April 2012, they combine sax, clarinet, fret-less bass, trumpet, jazz guitar and a turntablist. These guys are going to be one to keep an eye on. Free download on this one entitled ‘You’ll Miss me Honey’.
Clem is a Swiss Deep House and Tech House producer and DJ who has been releasing tracks on various labels since 2010. Clem’s latest EP, Precognitive Man, is out now on Wired, featuring a remix by German powerhouse Shemian. This one is available to buy now on Beatport.
Things seemed to go a bit quiet on eLDOKO’s Soundcloud page for about a year, but I’m glad to see he’s back producing again. Signed to What! What!, the London based producer and DJ aims to bridge the gap between all things Jazz, Swing, Tech and House. This little beauty is an edit of Your No Good by Ken Booth, available for free download on his Soundcloud page.
Chrispop is a producer and DJ from Paderborn, Germany who makes what he describes as “Freestyle wobble funk with skankin’ breaks”. Sounds like a great combination to me! This one samples The Mills Brothers – Digga Digga Doo. He’s going to be giving this one away for free shortly via the Freebreaksblog after they reach 2000 followers.
The McMash Clan are a 3 man production and DJ team from London. Their latest EP Swing Break has just been released on Circus Records, the label set up by dubstep giants Flux Pavilion and Dr P. The first track of the EP, also entitled Swing Break, features vocals from Kate Mullins of the Puppini Sisters. This one has already been gaining plenty of support, notably radio play from BBC radio’s Mistajam! Available now for purchase on Beatport and Itunes.
I’ve been following Odjbox for a couple of years now, and he was probably one of the first people I started following through Soundcloud. He’s given multiple tracks away for free, as well as 2 free EP’s which are available through his bandcamp page. He’s now also one of the resident DJ’s for London’s Electric Empire, so why not go and check him out if you’re in the area. This newest track is entitled Don’t Get Me Wrong ft. Lucinda Belle.
This is a brand new one from the Dutty Moonshine boys, hot off the press! They’ve been touring all over the UK promoting their EP Rauchestra Volume 1 this last month, yet still found time to put this banger together. Free download on this, so go grab yourself a copy!
So that brings us to the end of another Rebel Roundup. I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s selection of tracks and remember to tune in next time for more of the same! Don’t forget that if you have something you think deserves a mention, drop me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try and include it in the next article. Until next time Rebels!
Wow, we can’t believe its been a month already! There were so many great events in October, we hope you managed to make it along to at least one of them! November is a very special month because as well as the brilliant regular events up and down the country, Caravan Palace are embarking on a little UK tour! This will be the first time the French group have toured over here so tickets are in high demand. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the good stuff, read on for this month’s event listing.
Hello Swing Rebels and welcome to Jamko’s Rebel Roundup! A brand new monthly feature bringing you a selection of tracks I have come across in the last month that I am particularly enjoying and feel should not be missed. Some of these are available as free downloads, others are official releases which are available to purchase, and finally some are forthcoming releases or are waiting to be signed. I hope you enjoy the tracks I’ve chosen, and please remember to show your support to the artists by commenting on and favouriting any that you like. So without further ado let’s get things started!
Kicking things off is a track that has been gaining plenty of support since its release, and rightly so. This is an excellent remix of Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’ from Belgian duo Stavroz. Fusing elements of gypsy, jazz and swing with electronic elements they pride themselves on bringing some variation to the game. No 8-bar loops on repeat here! I’m looking forward to seeing what else these two come up with in the future. Free download from the Soundcloud player.
It’s always nice to find a new version of a track that has already had a number of remixes. Canada’s MuthaFunkers do a great job on the Ella Fitzgerald classic When I Get Low I Get High. Keep your eyes peeled for a Ghetto Hop remix which is forthcoming. Free download available so remember to thank the guys for this if you like it.
Next up is some more of that wobbly goodness we’ve come to expect from Birmingham’s talented DJ and producer C@ in the H@. He has been on the music scene under various aliases for a number of years now, turning his hand to Electro Swing at the end of last year. This is the third track from his forthcoming Gangster EP.
This album has been on the cards for a long time now for Italy’s Swingrowers. I had the pleasure of having the duo play at my own night The Jitterbug back in November last year and they were fantastic. This is the album mini-mix from their debut album “Pronounced Swing Grow’ers”, available for purchase from all good online retailers. Congratulations on the release guys!
This cheeky little Swing-hop mashup from Waggles uses free tracks from Dedy Dredd and Three Loco. Free download on this one, so grab yourselves a copy and remember to leave a comment to thank them while you’re at it.
Now I’m expecting most of you have heard this one already as it’s been doing the rounds, but in case you haven’t here’s a little number from the 10-piece Pyro Circus Rave Massive that is Slamboree. I got the chance to see these guys play live in the Bassline Circus tent at Boomtown Fair this year and they are simply an audio and visual feast that has to be seen. Free download on this, so once again please show your support.
This next one is an original piece of work from Mr. DonJohnston and is 100% sample free. It features vocals from Leo Wood, guitar from Tom Hyland of The Electric Swing Circus, and horns from Paul Cakebread. As a genre that typically relies heavily on sampling classic swing and jazz tracks, could this be the future for Electro Swing?
So I’m including the video for this one because a) I think it’s awesome, and b) I can only find short tasters for the track everywhere else. St. James Ballroom is taken from the album of the same name but appears to be only available in Germany? If anyone finds otherwise please let me know. The group have an upcoming tour in Germany to promote the album launch, and I’m hoping they make their way over to the UK very soon.
This final one isn’t actually Electro Swing, and I would probably call it Glitch Blues, but to be honest is anyone going to mind when it’s this good? Free download on this one courtesy of New Zealand’s K+Lab from his Facebook page.
Ok Rebels, that’s it for this month, but fear not as there will be more tunes coming soon. Please get involved by sending me anything you think deserves a mention next time to email@example.com.
Electro Swing was out in full force this summer on the festival circuit, with major headline acts and micro-stages appearing at many of the UK’s major events. If you managed to catch any of it and have been bitten by the bug, you may now be wondering where you can get your next fix. With promoters gearing up for the autumn season, we’ve got the lowdown on where the best nights are throughout October.
This will become a regular feature from now on, so if you have an upcoming event you’d like listing please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you find this listing useful and be sure to check back to find out what’s happening in the future.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great pleasure that we announce that the whole Swing Rebellion Team will be performing at the Boomtown Fair 2012. We will spread the Electro Swing love over various stages, sharing our music with all those who enjoy it. If you would like to learn more about the Boomtown Fair head on over to their Homepage Boomtown Fair – Quite simply the UK’s maddest city