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: Freshly Squeezed have long proved themselves king of the swingers, but just in case you've somehow missed them here's a little reminder. Blue Cover Series Vol 1 collects highlights from the label's 1940s big band releases - all of which feature blue-tinted sleeves (unsurprisingly) and hellzapoppin' swing madness from the likes of DJ Dunya, Cristal Distortion & Got KDS and Le Jockey.
Review: Time to dust down your zoot suit (come on, we all know you've got a really loud one lurking somewhere in your closet) and get your jive on as the man who DJs with a gramophone as a prop, DJ Dunya, is back with Xyloswing. The title track is your proper crowd-pleasing electro-swing complete with vintage guitar strumming, gregarious vocals and even a xylophone thrown in for good measure. The Jazzotron mix is tech-ier with a subtle arpeggio in there for extra groove. Finally "Upside Down" features raucous trumpet, a jazzy female purr and a big electro-house bassline. Slick!