Electro swing

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Electro swing is a musical genre combining the influence of vintage or modern swing and jazz mixed with house, hip hop and EDM. Electro swing is the use of jazz samples from a jazz record (either classic or modern) swing, jazz and big band era plus modern beats. Successful examples of the genre create a modern and dance-floor focused sound that is more readily accessible to the modern ear but that also retains the feeling of live brass and the energetic excitement of the early swing recordings. The best-known artists include Parov Stelar and Caravan Palace while one-off international hits include 'Why Don't You Do Right?' by Gramophonedzie or Nr. 1 World Hit We No Speak Americano by Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool Vs DCUP.

In addition to individual artists and one-off hits, electro swing is a genre whose growth has largely been fuelled by a series of European compilation albums that have drawn together works by a variety of producers. These include the British 'White Mink : Black Cotton' series described by Mixmag as "Electro Swing's first landmark moment"[1] and France's 'Electro Swing' series. In the United States, parties such as San Francisco's 'Trapeze' have showcased the genre's artists.


The mid 90s saw a succession of hip-hop influenced records that sampled vintage swing. Many of these were one-off novelties and would not at the time have been described as electro swing. Lucas With The Lid Off (1994) by Lucas (AKA Lucas Secon) is an early example which had chart success and subsequently featured on UK TV advertising (Weetabix). Others such as Doop (1994) were minor hits, while Jimmy Luxury coined the term Swing-Hop with the song "Hi-Ball Swing" in (1999). Songs like Mr. Scruff's "Get A Move On" (1999), Jurassic 5's "Swing Set" (2000), Gry and F.M. Einheit's "Princess Crocodile" (2000) and The Real Tuesday Weld's "Bathtime in Clerkenwell" (2003) all built on this sound, each adding new elements. Many 'Lounge' and 'Nu-Jazz' tracks also borrowed Swing music elements, perhaps most notably the artist St. Germain. This was developed and built on by artists like G-Swing, Waldeck and Caravan Palace. Parov Stelar is also known as one of the pioneers of Electro swing.[2]

"Yes this really is a new genre and an interesting one, for once" said London's Time Out magazine of the genre in early 2010.[3]


In November 2009, an electro swing club was created in London by Chris Tofu (Continental Drifts) and Nick Hollywood (Freshly Squeezed Music).[4][not in citation given]

The London club was swiftly followed by the launch of a "White Mink" club in Brighton which opened the Brighton Festival Fringe in April 2010.[5] Both the Electro Swing club and White Mink went on to program stages annually at festivals including the Glastonbury Festival (Shangri-La[6] and Dance Village Pussy Parlure),[7] The Big Chill,[8] Paradise Gardens, The Secret Garden Party, Bestival's Club Dada[9] and many more showcasing artists like Caravan Palace, Parov Stelar, G-Swing, Dutty Moonshine, Swingrowers, The Correspondents, Swing Republic, Klischée and Movits!.[10] The two clubs proved influential launching a raft of similar club nights around the world.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Mixmag feature; "Bygone Beats" by Rahul Verma, March 2010, pgs 60–62
  2. ^ Weinberger, Bibiane (2012). "The Pioneer of Electro-Swing: Parov Stelar". musicexport.at. Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Electro Swing". Timeout.com. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "This week's clubs previews". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Latest 7  » White Mink: Black Cotton". Thelatest.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Shangri-La line-ups and blog". Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/apr/14/glastonbury-2011-full-lineup.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  9. ^ "Bestival". Bestival.net. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Hail the kings of hip-hop swing". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Grein, Paul (2011-04-13). "Week Ending April 10, 2011. Songs: It’s Katy’s World | Chart Watch - Yahoo! Music". New.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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