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 !
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!
What up my Beatery faithful, I’ve got a very special set to share with ya’ll today! This mix has been in the works for at least six years, ever since I first started that “World House” folder on my hard drive back in 2006. I’ve always been fascinated with different cultures, different languages, and as I love music with all my soul, I’ve also always been particularly fascinated with all the different instruments, grooves, rhythms, dances and melodies that make each culture unique.
As you may or may not know, I’m starting this series of happy hour parties and one of them has a World House theme! Finally the perfect excuse to get this pile of global grooves off my hard drive and into your ears. I don’t think its any surprise this set is particularly influenced by Latin and Brazilian sounds from my year plus in South America.
Happy Friday everyone! I was just doing my usual Soundcloud meander when I stumbled across this incredible mix that I HAD to share with you, stat! DJ/producer Bombastic Jam* has been started a podcast, and while I haven’t heard a single other episode I have no doubt that none are better than this one. We’ve got breaks of all kinds, old school funky, swing inspired, latin, mid tempo groove, and even some vintage Jungle/D&B!!
* His soundcould page says he’s from Hambug, Germany, but that accent’s gotta be Irish, right??
It’s a Radio show more than a DJ mix so don’t expect to be blown away by the mixing, but the tracks are all top notch, the beats varied and the vibe perfect for summer up here in the Global North. Plus there’s a bonus mix from fellow funky breaks master Jay L Funk starting around the one hour mark; Enjoy!
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