Review: Although based in London, circa today, Charlie Beale's heart lies firmly in the deep south of America, about 100 years ago. Breakin' Down Blues is his debut EP for Freshly Squeezed Music and it's centered around a newly remastered version of Stop Breakin' Down Blues, a celebrated track in which legend Robert Johnson gets an infectious techy-swing makeover. Elsewhere we also get linear swingy gospel on 'Brother Moses' and some raucous pure electro-swing goodness on "This Dance".
Review: Retro-minded Londoner Charlie Beale takes his time with his releases. However he's finally back with three new sizzlers that sound like they're straight outta 1941. That's not strictly true of course as Beale also has one foot in the present, and so "The Gal From Joes" has a sassy old skool-swing but plenty of 4/4 thump too. Elsewhere "Diggin' My Potatoes" and "Tale Of AG Smith" both take some mournful bluesy laments and injects them with some accelerated dancefloor adrenaline.
Review: A lot has changed in the world of music since Freshly Squeezed dropped the first installment of their eponymous label compilation back in 2013. For one, the term electro-swing has become a household name with even the UK Eurovision entry adopting this musical style. Still, this label is where you get the real stuff and here we are treated to another 15 examples. Highlights include the attitude-heavy, dubstep-flecked "Swing Ya Beard" by JFB & Beardyman, Jem Stone's big beat bouncer "Be Bop 2 Hip Hop" and the tough house slammer "Lick The Spoon" by Foxy Cheex & Jem Stone.
Review: Greek disco producer Timewarp teams up with an anonymous pal from funk blog extraordinaire, The Zuzu Club, for this compilation that's exclusively about 'great and fresh' new music. Although there's no theme they do look across the water to the Caribbean for some inspiration on the likes of the laid back reggae lament of "Theory Of Revolution" and the smooth dancehall grooves of "Baby Got Me Good". Elsewhere we encounter vintage electro-swing on Pavlov's "Moving Next Door", retro lounge-rock on "Jesu" By Loopez and even some good old big beat on "Jungle Boogie" by Chinese Man.
Review: Danish label Breakbeat Paradise are really starting to branch out with an increasingly broader approach to the styles and sounds of their roster. This new compilation sees them veer further into disco territory than we could ever have imagined. There are 10 cuts by some big re-edit names, with highlights including Dr Packer's Rappers Delight-style glitter-boogie stomp "Rollerskating Jam", Morlack's sizzling hiNRG jam "Party Til You Broke" and the serene, stonewashed-disco and Miami Vice vibes of "Turn The Music Up" by Shaka Loves You.