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if it ain't got that swing

if it ain't got that swing

Playing tracks by

Parov Stelar, Mr Scruff, Grant Laszlo, Louis Armstrong, Will Magid and more.

"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing", said the Duke.
We concur.
Too often we hear dance music that's lost its soul, its salt, its spice, its taste, its swagger and its swing. So here is some swing infused with a healthy dose of basslines and kickdrums - the basic elements of house, with swing at its core. The playful spirit of the 1920's revived by an intracardial of adrenalin. Electro Swing, Nu Swing, call it what you want - it ain't so new and many of the musicians featured in here deserve a fuller exploration: they have been producing spicy tunes of this sort for half a decade at least.

The mix was recorded live at the 2012 LA Decompression. It starts with field recordings from a storm, because El Niño is my other name. Big up to my Disorient family to let me play their stage, where I enjoyed seeing peeps enter the dancefloor with wide eyes, confused about the music's DNA, but finding themselves unable to stop dancing for a while.