Sweet Headache 065: “Swing Tech”

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I have been digging for Electro Swing tracks quite a bit in the last couple of months. As my track collection was growing, I noticed that there was a certain type of Electro Swing that was a little different from what I had bought before. A style that was less playful, somewhat darker and more Tech House-oriented than what I had been listening to before. It’s still got a lot of Swing, but the Swing elements are a little more subtle. This mix tries to capture that particular style that I like to call “Swing Tech”.

Electro Swing is truly an interesting beast. A lot of people like it very quickly because it sounds somewhat familiar and is easy to dance to, but a couple of my friends also complained to me that all those happy House beats and trumpets get on their nerves after a while. This doesn’t seem to happen as quickly with “Swing Tech”.

A good example for this is Pleasurekraft’s “Carny”. It does have notable Swing elements, but it’s a lot less obvious in the use of those elements than a Parov Stelar track for example.
Pleasurekraft’s remix of the Techno classic “La La Land” also gave me a chuckle. It’s kinda ironic to see this track being reworked in such an unusual way.

Rodney Hunter is an artist that I have known for a few years already, but I wasn’t aware that he also produced Electro Swing with a little Balkan flavor. Nevertheless, “Balkan Ska” is a great track!

The last artist that I like to mention here is Budzillus, a band from Berlin that seems to be very open to being remixed. If you listen to the original versions of Der Untergang or Taksi Taksi, you’ll notice that those are very different from the remixes – but still very cool. Should be fun to see them live.


  • Milkwish – Relajate (AKA AKA & Thalstroem Remix)
  • Pleasurekraft – Carny (Heartik & Rainer Weichhold Theatre Remix)
  • Fausto Messina feat. Vicente – Circus
  • Will Gold – Swing Time (David Jones Edit)
  • JFTH, Enzo Siffredi, The Allstars – Jungle Dancing
  • Green Velvet – La La Land (Pleasurekraft ‘Sideshow’ Remix)
  • Rodney Hunter – Balkan Ska
  • Budzillus – Der Untergang (AKA AKA feat. Thalstroem Remix)
  • Dark Society – Swing Swing
  • Fabrizio Piccinno – Swing Time
  • Shemian – 1927
  • Budzillus – Taksi Taksi (AKA AKA Remix)

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/billhunt/3067495905/in/photostream // CC-by

About marvis (209 Articles)
Marvis is the founder of Sweet Headache. He lives in Cologne (Germany) and has been a music nerd for a long, long time.

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