DER DRITTE RAUM (Germany)
At the beginning of the nineties, Andreas Krüger starts his project DER DRITTE RAUM (The Third Room), instantly achieving worldwide prestige within the world of techno. His dedication for the swing-typical triplet feeling steps aside for a while and only finds its way back into his musical world at the end of 2007. Inspired by a wild night full of YouTube videos of modern swing orchestras, he jauntily covers himself and resurrects his world hit “Hale Bopp” in a truly extravagant new outfit. Starting with a couple of test runs during his famous live acts, soon a few DJs get the chance to try out “Swing Bopp”s explosive qualities on ecstatic dancefloors. Countless requests and ecstatic feedback support Krüger’s decision to release this charming revenant.
Shazalakazoo is a band from Belgrade (Serbia) formed by Milan Djuric (usb-clarinet, plastic knobs, faders, rubber pads, silicon chips, singing and shouting) and Uroš Petkovic (electric violin, turntablism and silicon chips). The band plays danceable electronic bass music usually spiced with the sounds originating from their own region – the Balkans. Their interpretation of Balkan melodies, harmonies and rhythm patterns is often intertwined with influences that come mostly from Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, creating the unique musical blend which they call folkstep. However, on this compilation they have exclusively dealt with electro swing for the very first time.
The multi-membered extension of the solo work of Dublin’s DJ KORMAC has been described by Radio 1’s Annie Mac as “the most bizarre set-up I’ve ever seen – but it really works”. The 11-piece’s live shows really rock the joint, providing a lively, vivid incarnation for their leader’s tunes – the quartet are joined by drums, double bass, trombone, clarinet, trumpet and banjo. But at the head of it all, calling the shots and conducting proceedings, is KORMAC himself, the master of this new kingdom where scratching meets banjo. Dublin’s masters of electro swing.
DR. CAT (Italy/UK)
Luca Gatti (aka DR. CAT) is a composer, producer and keyboard player and a long-standing and respected figure in London’s underground electronic music scene. DR. CAT has worked along side international artists such as Asian Dub Foundation, General Levy or Gaudi and got involved with writing the arrangement of a London’s west-end show on the life of Colonel Gaddafi.
DJ PONY (Italy/UK)
DJ PONY is an Italian dj/producer operating on the European world/dance/crossover scene. He formed his music style as part of Asian Underground Collective, spinning records with London global beat djs: Nelson Dilation, Pathaan and Badmarsh. Later he founded the successful Balkanbeat outfit Feel Good Productions together with DJ Funky Farmer.
!DELADAP was founded in 2001 in Vienna which has always been a cultural melting pot and a world capital of music. They are looking at themselves as a part of this open-minded development and so with quite some self-confidence they define their very own mix of styles from Roma-Gypsy-Roots, chic Jazz and urban Electronic as ‘Nu-Gypsy’. !DELADAP’s musicians originate from the Balkans and Eastern European Roma music. Sung in Romni language and enjoying the richness of their Music, !DELADAP must be seen as a tribute to traditional Roma music and its influence on European music styles like Balkan Flamenco, Waltz or the Czardasz – and its turnover to urban contemporary danceable music.
The NôZE fellas have quietened down a bit after two crazy years of touring the world, and deliver a brilliant follow-up to Songs On The Rocks: getting locked into a box labelled “Gypsy House” was out of the question, as was the thought of abandoning the power and qualities of all the popular musical styles that run through them and their music. NôZE now travels along the edge of house music, playfully making light of its codes, and more broadly making light of the codes of all festive musical genres that cross their path (Cumbia, Klezmer, Reggae,…) and especially their own musical vocabulary: reviving the jazzy and experimental ardour of the early days, now sustained by the demands and maturity of accomplished musicians and performers that made their success and fame.
MONKEY SAFARI (Germany)
In short, MONKEY SAFARI from Halle in Eastern Germany are two guys looking for their way on the ride through the musical jungle always avoiding the big beaten paths of commerce. With the experience of making music and working as DJs for almost seven years their sets and productions contain influences of African rhythms, Hip Hop, Funk, Midget House and many other styles like swing. In the year 2008 MONKEY SAFARI founded What! What! Records with their studio partner Mike Okay. So listen up to their sound of the tropical underground!
Besides Monkey Safari, ELDOKO is the next artist on the What!What! label fuses the gaps between all things Jazz, Swing, Tech and House in a way you can’t sit and just listen – you have to dance. You can look forward to a number of releases throughout 2011 showcasing a new deeper, organic sound whilst still keeping true to the light hearted approach he has always taken.
JEWDYSSEE crafts cultural history with party rocking beats in a way that has never been attempted, the result is a powerful balance of Yiddish melodies and club rhythms. It’s a way of celebrating musical “yiddishkait”in the most vivid way. JEWDYSSEE celebrates the yiddish way of life in the 21. century! The German-Israeli singer Maya Saban and her Band are JEWDYSSEE. They have devoted themselves to revitalizing the pearls of Jewish/Yiddish culture – bringing back to life what was once considered to be virtually extinct. The music brings together aesthetics of Sri Lanken diva, M.I.A., French Electro group Daft Punk and Yiddish soul sisters, The Barry Sisters. JEWDYSSEE taps into their audiences bodies and souls, sweeping them up off their feet with their thunderous beats. Their skill at combining unique electronic beats together with the sounds of the trumpet and clarinet has made JEWDYSSEE appealing to audiences world wide.
MATT KOWALSKY (Poland)
MATT KOWALSKY known as HiQ Koval, Maciek K. ex Dynamind is a popular representative of the Polish clubbing scene. He works as producer, club DJ and VJ, composer, remixer and sound engineer. From his hand are more than 20 albums, EPs and also soundtracks for movies like “Monday”, “Tuesday”, “Inheritance”, “The Tower”, “Expecting Love” Billboard magazine is saying about MATT KOWALSKY: ‘I love how you incorporate jazz – I love the tempo. It’s infectious.’
IMAM BAILDI (Greece)
IMAM BAILDI were formed in 2005 by brothers Orestis and Lysandros Falireas, who started sampling and remixing Greek tunes of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. They found probably the best Rembetiko record collection in the world, belonging to their father. Imam’s sound is like injecting a Greek band of the 1950’s into a modern sound system. To begin with, take samples from old Greek tunes and Balkan music. Base them on a solid rhythm section and sampled hip hop, rumba, samba and swing beats. Mix all that with Balkan sax, clarinet and trumpet. Spice it up with rembetiko inspired bouzouki parts and gipsy guitar riffs and you get this splendid mix.
SMOKEY BANDITS (Greece)
The SMOKEY BANDITS spent hundreds of hours in their studio talking, making music, smoking a lot of cigarettes, cutting 50s and 60s Jazz n’ Swing samples even thought they didn’t actually use any of the cuts. Its business as usual in The SMOKEY BANDITS house: bass lines come and go, trumpets sitting lazy in the living room, accordions and trombones melting around, congas, maracas and bongos arguing about the last Tarantino’s film, flutes want to take the leadership, old-school Waltzes n’ Tangos drinking a big bottle of champagne, guitars and Rhodes sitting comfortably in the sofa. Thank you for the music.
PAROV STELAR (Austria)
The gentleman of Electro-Swing asks for a dance. With his unmistakable sound-mix of Jazz- and Swing samples and electronic music, PAROV STELAR has gained a position on top of international producers. His uncommon approach to music-production combined with an assured sense of sound-aesthetics led to massive respect from his colleagues and the reputation as the pioneer of new genre Electro Swing.
Originally, MO FUN from St.Petersburg is a professional accordionist. On this track here he tries out electronic beats for the first time. For this he collaborates with the prestigious label Exotica from Moscow. Apart from that, MO FUN is producing various Petersburg electronic acts. Sometimes he does pop as well. In the mean time he has set up his own studio where he is arranging and recording songs. He is open to any music – from R’n’B to Death Metal. As well as Swing. Currently MO FUN is working on a solo album.
MESSER FÜR FRAU MÜLLER (Russia)
Within more than fifteen years Messer für MESSER FÜR FRAU MÜLLER (Knife for Mrs. Miller) managed to release more than half a dozen records. They toured Western Europe several times and their album ‘Allo Superman’ was released on Hamburg cult label What’s so funny about. The two halves of this extraordinary project are the musicians Oleg Gitarkin and Oleg Kostrow, who are on the road solo and with ther project Messer Chups these days. Out of sampled noises and voices of the 60’s and 70’s as well as electronic soundscapes they create a hilarious mix of beats and obscure atmospheres. Post easy listening. Soviet science fiction black and white films, comics and cut ‚n’ paste aesthetics form the visual clip to this soundtrack music.
The Swedish hiphop/swing band MOVITS! climbed to number one spots on both iTunes and Amazon charts, notable here is that these were American charts and Movits! are singing in Swedish, a language quite far from the lingua franca of the US. The two brothers Johan (lead singer) and Anders (DJ & producer) formed the group together with saxophone player Joakim Nilsson in 2005. Inspired by the drums and the horns of the swing era, they started working on the music that would later be known as “Äppelknyckarjazz”. Using a dozen different musicians they recorded their debut album, a process that took more than three years. After two years on tour, the band has released its second album in 2011.