‘Electro Swing’ is a music genre that’s exactly what it sounds like
electronic + swing
The first time I heard of ‘electro swing’ was from my Uber driver a few months ago.
“Do you like swing music?”, she’d asked. Sure, I’d said (a lie).
“Do you like electronic music?”, she asked. Yeah, I guess, I’d responded (another lie).
While driving through the side streets of Melbourne, she navigated through her Spotify playlists, typed in Caravan Palace, and promised I would love this song:
And, actually, I did.
‘Electro Swing’ is, literally, electronic music + swing music
Electro swing combines the influence of vintage or modern swing and jazz mixed with house, hip hop and EDM
I assumed electro swing was a newly invented phrase, but apparently, I just haven’t been in the right circles.
According to Reddit’s /r/electroswing page, electroswing (or ‘swing house’) originated on the 1990s, building from the work of hip-hop artists who sampled vintage swing music. A combination of old and new, nostalgia-meets-futuristic, it’s a genre that’s… divisive, to say the least. Thump, a publication from VICE, calls it ‘the worst genre of music in the world’, while Urban Dictionary calls it ‘basically everything you need’.
We No Speak Americano: electro swing on the charts
It’s hard to find an article about electro swing that doesn’t mention Caravan Palace, a band based in Paris, France. Other bands include Swingrowers, Mr. Scruff, Alice Francis, and more.
For a masterclass in electro swing, check out this Spotify playlist:
Inside the making of an electro swing track
Benjamin, aka BeWebFactory, is a musician and composer in Paris, France. He’s the creator of two electro swing tracks.
Electro Swing 1: “Electro swing jazz track mixing traditional strings and gypsy guitars with a fat drum and bass beat and DJ scratches. The vocal sample is : “I got my style and it is alright”.
Electro Swing 2: A dancing electro gypsy swing tune mixing violin, clarinet, gipsy guitar with a fat electro beat and DJ scratches.
Benjamin describes electro swing as a “fusion of old school dancing gypsy jazz harmonies with a modern drum rhythm.” To create these tracks, Benjamin selected many samples and mix-and-matched to find the best combinations. “I may modify the tonality and the tempo of the samples to fit my needs, and I add some real instruments of my own if needed, and mix all this together until it sounds good to me.”
This article was originally published on the Envato Blog.
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