Review: With a title that sounds like a long lost Prince B-side, "69 Times & Then One More" is, in fact, a party tune that looks much further back in time for inspiration, chiefly the big bands of the '30s and '40s. The lead track is basically electro-swing without the electro, replaced instead by a stormin' Latin-fuelled live band. Mondo Cane brings back some of the clubby beats, fusing them with sassy vintage brassy for his remix, whilst Funkanomics delivers an eccentric slap bass-led jam and Dutty takes things into a jazzy late '80s hip-house zone. "Swingy Mamma" is more your up straight swing crowd-pleaser, given a beats boost by Acido Domingo.
Review: Fast and fresh hi-energy electro-samba from this pair of Brazilian producers, who fuse unlikely styles into a truly distinctive sound on the Oliveto EP. Opener "Samborigeno" runs at a juke-like tempo yet is subtly delivered thanks to a range of organic instruments - there's even a didgeridoo providing the bass frequencies, which obviously makes this a real head-turner. It's Bert On Beats' mix that UKF/tropical house fans will want to hook up with though, while modern afrobeat fans will love Maga Bo's treatment of "Samborigeno".
Review: Any (of the many) fans of luscious lounge lizards Mo' Horizons currently tearing their hair out with anticipation of their new album can now whet their appetite with this stop-gap treasure trove courtesy of Agogo. Divided into two halves, we initially have the Hannover duo (Ralf Droesemeyer and Mark Wetzlar)'s latest LP, The Banana Soundsystem, overhauled and remixed before being treated to a further selection of the pair's most impressive remixes of other artists. Mo' Horizons like to celebrate 'the art of musical cross fertilization' and it's never been more true here, with 21 tracks overflowing with international influences.
Review: Latin-obsessed Viennese radio DJ Herbert Bachofer, aka Shantisan, presented us with his single Avenida Atlantica back in March. Now he's back with full-length debut LP, Conexao, boasting 19 tracks to sink your teeth into. It covers a wide breadth of global styles and influences - including Bachofer's own bossa nova horn-fest remix of "Control Of Your Mind" by Carlos Reisch, his Chic-esque rework of "Favela Funk" and the summery party vibes of "Meninas & Meninos" which boasts the additional talents of Micheline Cardoso, Luiz Antonio Gomes and Stefan Obermaier. An impressive debut.
Review: Leading German Jazz and Electro Swing label ChinChin always promise 'so much more' and this attitude has seen their artists' sounds spread across the world via nearly 3000 different compilations and almost endless commercial and cinematic syncs. Here they're celebrating fresh new selections for the year ahead, 20 of them in fact. Highlights include the Pep's Show Boys thumping electro-swing rework of Louis Armstrong's "Cuban Pete", the Italo-swing quirkiness of Bomba Titinka's "Grammofono" and the sandy Latin lounger "Let Your Voice Be Free".
Review: For this, their inaugural release, Beatnik City round up a pan-international squad (including British, Italians and Brazilians) in what proves to be a great homage to 'the world's sexiest city'. There's seven tracks here - all of which look back to the hazy golden 1960s and conjures up vintage Copacabana vibes through a combination of salsa and Latin loungey sounds and melodies all welded to tougher modern breaks for a contemporary slant.
Review: Germany's kings of the compilation, ChinChin, recently dropped ChinChin Present 2015, a widescreen view of their current roster highlights. Now they've followed it up with a more specific collection, The Art Of Electro Swing Volume 4. It shares some tracks with the former but still forms its own cohesive shape with 17 delicious variants this iconic sound. Highlights include Pep's Show Boys thumping electro-swing rework of Louis Armstrong's "Cuban Pete", the spooky electro-pop refrains of "Alibi Afternoon" and Sound Nomaden's epically catchy housed-up rejig of "Goin' Wild".