Review: Sicilian duo Swingrowers follow up their eponymous 2012 debut album with this life-affirmin collection of wholesome swing and innocent party insinuations. Riddled with big organic instrumentation and Lorendana's emphatic, gutsy vocals, each cut tells its own tale. From the unashamed confidence and insistent rhythm & blues vibes of "That's Right" to the jazzier, piano-stroking jauntiness of "Frank" via the softer, more electronic tendencies of "Break Out", Remote is the sound of a band maturing at a rapid pace. Swing bands are a dime a dozen, but genuinely good swing bands are rarer than a platinum accordion.
Review: With Eurovision in the air and the UK being represented by Electro Velvet, electro-swing has never been more current than now. Swingrowers plough a similar trough to Electro Velvet, producing slick, light pop-swing (with a little extra bass) like "That's Right" guaranteed to get those jazz hands swinging on dancefloors everywhere. There are also two bonus mixes; Swing Republic going for a slower, raunchy 4/4 grind and Jamie Berry upping the killer bottom end for a wobble heavy dubstep jam.
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.