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. 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' by Gramophonedzie or No. 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. In the 90s, the artists Cajmere produced multiple house hits that were greatly influenced by swing such as "U Got Me Up". 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]


Following some success in London, the White Mink club opened the Brighton Festival Fringe in April 2010, [4] before going on to programme stages annually at festivals including Glastonbury (Shangri-La[5] and Dance Village Pussy Parlure),[6] The Big Chill,[7] Paradise Gardens, The Secret Garden Party and Bestival's Club Dada,[8] showcasing artistes such as Caravan Palace, Parov Stelar, G-Swing, Dutty Moonshine, Swingrowers, The Correspondents, Swing Republic, Klischée and Movits!.[9]



  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. ^ "Latest 7  » White Mink: Black Cotton". Thelatest.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Shangri-La line-ups and blog". Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/apr/14/glastonbury-2011-full-lineup.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ [1] Archived September 24, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Bestival". Bestival.net. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hail the kings of hip-hop swing". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  10. ^ 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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