There’s been a recent influx onto our Electroswing scene from our friends over the Atlantique. From recently blogged dj mixes on www.electro-swing.com by Audio Prophecy, Shakti Bliss and Emerson Day from the USA and the lounged beats of the French-Italian Canadian Don Mescal plus articles and news of what’s going on over there has reached us from San Francisco based Cyril Noir and Dj Fact.50.
The music played, mixed, sampled and looped from these mixes contain some of that good ol swinging vibes that we all like, and this got me thinking that maybe Electro Swing is finally going home?
American jazz in the 20’s and 30’s provided a ridiculously massive amount of the artists and songs. Enough in fact for Electro Swing to begin 70 plus years later! Good news! Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire and all the other players have finally been accepted again in America despite it being in our new re-cycled style of their original works.
Nowadays there is a group of artists in America that have taken Electro Swing, to be more specific, swing house and making some lovely stuff and if you havent heard of them before then I hope you enjoy looking into them. Anyone who owns the Beatrice Ardisson : Swing Mania compliation will be aware of the track “Bang In Your Face” by Greenskeepers, a slice of great swing house. I used their track “Low and Sweet” as the opener to my “Cocktails with Humphrey” mix. Keep an eye on their output and I know that the Cologne based DJ Discotizer, you need to check his swing house mixes on soundcloud and at www.discotizer.com is a regular mixing with their material.
Down in the deep south well New Mexico to be exact there is 4Peace (Matt Pruitt) who runs the excellent label Cabbie Hat Recordings who have just released their WMC Sampler 2011 with jackin swing house tracks from the legend Tommy Largo, Salvatore Vitrano and 4Peace himself has a track on their called Funky Dixieland and has a few tracks that combine the es and Dixie sounds to possibly take the es sounds into a further direction. Last year 4Peace teamed up with the mighty Wattie Green on the track Digga Digga. This and if you can hunt it down then find his christmas song Cool Yule, a blast of Saatchmo horns, strings and house beats.
Til next time, as they say in America, ‘Have a nice day y’all’