1-2 Weeks
Swing Diskoteka


A spectre is haunting Europe -- swing is not dead. In London, Paris and Berlin, people are swinging again. But as the youth of today has exchanged the gramophone for the turntable, the DJs are the new masters of this material and now they proffer electro swing. With tribute paid to the classics and masters of their art like Duke Ellington, Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald or Bing Crosby, who are getting sampled and dusted, you can also hear the odd klezmer clarinet or guitar licks à la Django Reinhardt -- Jewish and Gypsy swing. The players are not necessarily from Eastern Europe, though. Many Western European DJs and producers, especially in the fields of electro and house, now spice up their beat patterns with homemade samples and burlesque beats. Thanks to virtual networks, there is a busy exchange of new productions going on almost every day and electro swing parties are being thrown every weekend. Similar to Balkan music conquering the clubs a few years back, swing is now hitting the dancefloor. The masterminds behind that come from all over the place: Kormac from Ireland, Nôze from France, Imam Baildi from Greece, and as with the Balkan boom, a lot is going on in Germany and in Eastern Europe, of course! Shazalakazoo in Serbia, Matt Kowalsky in Poland or Mo Fun in Russia -- the DJs are discovering swing and glamour is returning to the techno catacombs. Swing Diskoteka presents a wide spectrum of this new phenomenon, ranging from club sounds by Eldoko and cinescope scores from Smokey Bandits up to rather handmade songs by the likes of Jewdyssee. Many of the tracks here are exclusive to this compilation. From a music history point of view, it's exciting to see how the different scenes are mixing now. This is even educational, as marginalized or half-forgotten music styles like klezmer, gypsy and now swing are playfully being woven into 2011's sound carpet. Old school stylers meet rave kids in the Swing Diskoteka. The joie de vivre of swing meets the energy of electro. Finally.