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: 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!
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: Sicily's Fab Samperi returns, following up 2010's Power Bossa LP with "The Big Swing (feat Lil Hardin Armstrong)". First up is a friendly radio edit of this infectious electro swing number that will be an absolute hit on the dancefloor. The club edit up next though is definitely more optimised for the club and we'd certainly recommend this one for the DJs. Finally "The Gangster Blues" featuring the additional talents of Geo Johnson and Chantal gets more of a hip-hop/funky breaks flavour happening which will rock any credible block party in true style!
Review: From Finger Lickin' to "Lick The Spoon", Jem Stone's contributions to the party movement never cease to inspire. Here he takes Foxy Cheex's sexy sermon and lays her naked over a slow, steady horn-heaved stomp. With shades of swing and neat burlesque twists, it refreshes the retro-revival in a sweet three minute sonic kiss. Not feeling Foxy Cheex vocal? Start licking the instrumental instead.
Review: Freshly Squeezed just keep the fresh electro swing pouring. Here they've nabbed the star collab between producers Got KDS and Stabfinger, "Go Feet". It's a sizzling mix of a Cab Calloway-style jive-down, pulsating bass and tight and lean breaks. A bomb.
Review: Kater Blau style electro-swing on offer here for late night party animals and other assorted hedonists. Belgrade's Jazzotron teams up with Gramophonedzie on "Swing Worm" which packs as much party rocking vibes as a certain Yolanda Be Cool classic, while with MKDSL he gives us the loopy cut up jazz of "Speakeasy" a wicked DJ tool. "Get Up (club mix)" delivers more boompty jazz that would even tempt Mark Farina (in a Mushroom Jazz kinda way), as would the Jamie Berry remix too; wicked bassline on this one (and the track soon morphs into a garage vibe, nice) that you could imagine a crowd going crazy to during a Berlin sunrise by the River Spree.
Review: Paradise syndrome is a condition where someone who's fulfilled their dreams still not feeling satisfied. Perhaps these unfortunate dream-fulfillers are missing this EP from their lives? An effortlessly energetic, genre-melting swing and bass sesh from Leeds collective Jenova Collective, it's got more satisfaction than the entire Jagger franchise. Opening track "Paradise Syndrome" flips the jungle switch with new levels of production rawness than they've ever shown before. "Mobius" digs us deep down into slick and sludgy bass house territory. "Sugar Rush" gets all skippy on a two-step flex with some canny nods to man like Sticky. "Orbital" signs us out on a bumping jacking filtered house. Tearing up the rules in all directions, this is some next level swing business right here. Paradise found.