Artist of the week #5
Article by Matt Bassant
Artist: Detroit Swindle
File under: House music with soul
Standout track: The Wrap Around
See also: Huxley, Charlie Banks, Eats Everything
Detroit Swindle, despite the name, hail from the Netherlands. They are two childhood friends whose identical musical upbringing brought them together and, fed on a diet of motown, soul, hip hop and jazz funk, these influences began to manifest themselves when the duo began making techno and house music. Fast forward a few years and Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets are beginning to make serious waves in the underground scene with their own brand of jacking house music.
In their own words, they provide "contemporary interpretations of classic soul tracks with melodic grooves, jazzy chords and bumpy basslines". Their impeccably tight drum sounds skip along, interspersed with washes of big synths and blissed-out vocals. Basslines are in abundance and they are perfectly judged to be groovy without ever becoming noisy or overcooked. All in all, these guys know how to make fun music for the dance floor of 2012, and with a live show in the pipeline, these will be worth seeing at a club.
Look out for releases on Huxley's Saints & Sonnets imprint, Berlin-based Dirt Crew and London's Murmur records.