Fans of Rinse FM have probably heard of the name Swindle, especially if they have listened to the grime/dubstep program curated by Rinse DJs Elijah and Skilliam. It was but a few months ago that Swindle released two tunes on the Elijah and Skilliam’s Butterz label, one of which Swindle co-produced with SIlkie, a man known for massive releases on the Deep Medi record label. Now Swindle has joined Silkie on the Deep Medi artist roster, releasing his first EP on the imprint called Do The Jazz. As the title suggests, it’s filled with funk, soul, R&B, and a lot of jazz!
It’s not often that EDM acts get compared to the great musicians of this generation, but it’s hard not to compare Swindle to Bobby McFerrin. There is such a comfortable blending of electro and jazz in Do The Jazz’ title track that it hearkens back to McFerrin’s experimental days as a producer. Listening to how the rounded bass stabs and slightly dissonant synth chirps easily transition into Telecaster guitar riffs and piano melodies speaks to the genius of this producer. Move on to the next track Under The Sun for a sound more true to Medi’s current landscape of tunes. This song speaks to the raver, with a d’n’b-styled lead synth and some incredibly catchy melodic progressions. Skip to the next track, If I Was A Superhero, for a little “California Love” with some Roger Trautman-esque talkbox action and an early ’90s R&B chorus.