Electro Swing

Electro Swing

Updated Sep 05, 2012 at 09:17PM EDT by ivanp.

Added Aug 17, 2012 at 06:19PM EDT by Teh Brawler.

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Electro Swing is a sub-genre of Electronic Dance Music[1] (or EDM) that uses samples of swing or jazz music mixed with dance-style percussion and electronic effects, such as repeated sound bytes or electronic sounds. Many artists also incorporate rap, hip hop, or dubstep into their songs, an example of the last being “ghetto swing”, a sub genre of Electro Swing that uses the same style of synthesized sound for a break down.

Origin and Spread

The solidity of Electro Swing as a genre is attributed to Parov Stelar[2], who developed the style of music in 2005. It developed popularity through bands such as Caravan Palace[3] who based their music off of Stelar’s original experimentation. Eventually, the genre grew in popularity in European countries such as Britain and France, hitting a peak in 2010.

Internet Presence

Many well-known artists in the genre have used Soundcloud as their starting point, and a strong number of organized collaborations have been started on the site, as well.


One of Stelar’s most notable songs, Catgroove has been widely used in many different places, including YouTube and Reddit as background music.

Notable Examples

External References

[1]Wikipedia – Electronic Dance Music

[2]Wikipedia – Parov Stelar

[3]Wikipedia – Caravan Palace

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