“The sound of 2011” Mixmag
Freshly Squeezed is the leading label in an on-going Electro Swing revolution. This album follows hot on the heels of the latest in our White Mink : Black Cotton (Electro Swing vs Speakeasy Jazz) compilation series that started it all back in late 2009.
We are now very pleased to have the opportunity to get behind the release of ‘Electro Swing Republic’, the (almost) ‘lost’ debut album from Swing Republic this March. We hope it will bring some overdue recognition to the side-project of a prolific producer who was one of the original pioneers of this genre, but who proved far enough ahead of his time that his swing remix material remained (for the most part) neglected for many years.
Electro Swing Republic was a speculative labour of love for a platinum selling Danish producer who co-wrote Germany’s biggest selling album of 2010. He licensed several individual titles from this album to various compilations, most notably ‘On The Downbeat’ which was incidentally, the first tune he wrote in this style. It was while trying to license this track for White Mink that we were surprised and amazed to discover an almost complete and unreleased debut album.
Swing Republic deliver all the 21st century dance-floor production one could wish for, contemporising a cracking selection of vintage swing classics, but with a taste and respect that refreshes the originals rather than overwhelms them. Not only does the album as a whole steer clear of some of the emerging clich’s of the new genre by avoiding a swing-house style, but it also eschews the more obvious choices of source material instead branching into new areas of 40s R&B and even blues to surprising effect.
We think this album has some amazing gems on it (Peas & Rice, Cryin’ At Daybreak) that, consistent with the Freshly Squeezed track record, will be used in numerous advertising, game, film and TV contexts.