The best hyphenated genres donâ€™t combine disparate worlds; they embrace commonality. Country-rock thrives on earthy simplicity, while folk-pop mines a wealth of timbres both acoustic and electric. Electro-swing may sound like a silly lark. In fact itâ€™s a cohesive hybrid thatâ€™s entirely about dancing, about the timeless power of fascinating rhythm.
On his latest, Austrian DJ and electro-swing pioneer Parov Stelar creates compelling tracks, with the help of two horn players. â€śDoctor Fooâ€ť and â€śThe Firefaceâ€ť layer big bandâ€“era horn lines over four-on-the-floor club beats, while â€śLa Divinaâ€ť takes a loungey ballad and turns it into trip-hop:
Elsewhere Stelar strays farther, drawing from soul and hard jazz. But the electro-swing theme is always nearby; even the funky â€śAt the Flamingo Barâ€ť begins with the audacious sound of a looped standup bass.