Artist Focus: Detroit Swindle
My latest obsession is anything and everything which this pair are producing or covering... Amsterdam's Detroit Swindle. Despite hailing from Holland, they may as well have been born and raised in the motor city, due to their effortless ability to create classy, soulful 4/4 records.
The first I heard of the Dutch duo was an ambitious remix of the legendary Jill Scott's 'Love Rain', gloriously emphasising Scott's effortless drawl through warm synths and a rolling bass. I'm an eternal sucker for a sexy vocal and here the whole package is perfect.
DS have released the majority of their records on the Berlin label Dirt Crew Recordings, an imprint specialising in uplifting, Chicago flavored house, and indeed they have unleashed a number of bangers from the likes of Elef, including the groovy effort 'Keep It Physical', a tune of which Detroit Swindle have delivered a tasty refix. Whereas the original is a slow burner, easing into a 4/4 groove, the remix fades straight into the infectious vocal hook, grabbing our attention as the other vital elements of the track emerge underneath.
Just like their own productions, tracks such as jaunty number 'Jick Rames' and the emotive shuffle of 'Nothing Else Matters' (featured on Breach's tasty new mix for FACT), these guys manage to get the proportions of groove, bass and edginess spot on - the sound is consistently warm yet has enough of a kick to get you up on the dancefloor.
Certainly that's where you'll find me at Out Of Hand on 13th October, where DS are to perform alongside Phil Weeks at Bussey Building, Peckham.
Words: Lauren Bush