I’ve been listening to a fair amount of what the kids are calling nu disco recently. For my money, I find it hard to distinguish from what they were calling electro house circa 2004 (aka Mylo), but no matter. This recent mix by Mexican producer Bufi exemplifies everything I love about the genre, it’s funky, it’s cheesy, it’s melodic, it’s proggy… it’s just fun. Thought I’d share.
Yesterday, I heard from a former Beatery colleague that the Electro Swing genre had made the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s year-end list of music trends that “must die” in 2013. That’s right, someone out there is over it, which can only mean one thing… the sound is starting to get HOT! We’ve seen it gaining momentum here in the US: a few months ago Beatport highlighted Electro Swing as “an emerging subgenre“, it was all over the playa at this year’s Burning Man, and we’re hearing Parov Stelar tracks in all manner of commercials, from Vegas hotels to hard liquor.
We here at The Beatery won’t claim full credit for this rise in popularity. One could point to the fact that we started highlighting the genre over two years ago, but hey, don’t mention it. All in a day’s work for this modest blogger.
And now this modest blogger presents his latest collection of this tired, has-been, shark-jumping, please-god-make-it-stop Electro Swing. Turn it up, play it out, but please be mindful of all the people in your vicinity who frankly heard enough of this shit in 2012 to last a lifetime. Carry some backup dubstep with you, for their sake.
And because we owe you guys some content, here’s a bonus track. I couldn’t wait for this to be released digitally, so it didn’t make the mix, but I love this New Orleans/Dixieland stuff… Monetrik - Swing Flirt !
A great free album is available online at http://mynameisgriz.com/. This is great music to listen to on your headphones or play out in a club. Griz nicely combines jazz, bass, and hiphop sensibilities in a wonderful new way. Give it a try!
Ah, pre-Burning Man season. The time of year when we DJ’s roll out our new sets, demos for potential playa gigs. It’s a time when, more than ever, we’d like to showcase our tight mixing skills and impeccable track-selection. And it’s a time when, sadly, due to the immense amount of camp-related preparation, those of us headed up to Black Rock Desert have little free time to arrange and edit that perfect DJ mix.
It’s in recognition of this conflict that I present the following live set from our monthly at Raven Bar; complete with beat slips, abrupt mixes, awkward flow, and a track or two you heard on my last podcast. So admittedly, it’s not up to my usual standards. But you know how long it took me to make? One hour and nine minutes. That’s about right for this time of year. Enjoy, and I’ll see you on the playa!
*And hey, if you stumbled on this set before heading up to Burning Man yourself and you like what you hear, I’ll be playing at the Mallard Ball at the Duck Pond on Wednesday night. Or, if you’d like an electro-swing DJ to play at your camp, you can find me at the Pancake Playhouse, in the 9:00 keyhole. Or just come by for breakfast!
Hello again, Beatery faithful! This Wednesday, July 25th Jay and myself are very pleased to kick off our new monthly, Beat Du Jour! Drop on by Raven Bar in San Francisco after work and let some funky beats and a few signature cocktails ease you through your mid-week slump. This week I’ll be serving up the electro swing sounds I’ve been cultivating recently, and Jay will dush out the tasty mid-tempo funk you’ve come to expect from the man.
If that’s not enough, there’s a huge lineup of drink specials, including…
- $4 Well Drinks
- $4 Drafts
- $5 Wine Glasses
- $1 OFF remarkable specialty cocktails
- Plus Absolut Vodka specials ALL NIGHT long!
Okay, let’s review: dope beats, close location, cheap booze, no cover. Can’t ask for anything more, right? Great! Then come on out and help us get this thing going!
WHAT: BEAT DU JOUR WHERE: Raven Bar, SF (Map) WHEN: Wednesday, July 25th, 5pm - 10pm
More info on our facebook event page.
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