Detroit Swindle has been on the critics’ radar for a while now. If you have not been convinced by their excellent debut album and worldwide acclaimed live performances, their new EP “The Punch Drunk”, will definitely do the trick.
After the release of their debut album back in March 2014, Detroit Swindle has had quite a successful year. Especially the UK has shown great support for the Dutch duo, leading them to co-headline Fabric with Steve Bug less than two weeks ago. Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets’ success did not appear out of thin air, as their tracks are well received by their audience and their busy touring schedule made sure that their fan base has extended well beyond the Netherlands. They even set up their own party concept called ‘The Great Escape”, which led to club nights in Amsterdam and Leeds.
Their music can best be described as a mix between house, disco, soul and funk, proven by tracks like “Me, Myself and You” (Boxed out) and “The Break up” (The Break up EP). Apart from releases on Tsuba, Dirt Crew and Huxley’s Saints and Sonnets, they’ve also created their own label. Heist recordings has, apart from Detroit Swindle’s own releases, featured tracks from Dutch artists like Max Graef and Nachtbraker.
In the middle of their busy touring schedule, they are finally letting their audience get a sneak peak on what they have been working on for the past couple of months. “The Punch Drunk” EP, released on February 23, is exactly what you would expect from the duo. The first track, “Alright (we’ll be)” might as well have been put on the “Strictly Rhythm” label. It is a classic disco house tune with strong female vocals. The second track, “Pursuit”, takes you slightly back to the acid house of the eighties thanks to its deep synths, while the third track, “Heads down”, is a funk-fuelled track for early mornings. You can purchase “The Punch Drunk” EP here on the website, as well as some other tracks from the duo’s Heist Recordings label.
If you missed them in 2014, you still have a chance to see them live at some great festivals in 2015. They are performing in the Netherlands at Loveland Kingsday Festival on the 27th of April (next to Loco Dice, Pan-Pot, Matthew Dear a.o.) and Welcome to the Future on July 25 (with an outstanding line-up featuring Art Department, Seth Troxler and Green Velvet). In addition, they are also performing at the excellent Icelandic festival Secret Solstice next to Moodymann and Leon Vynehall.
If you are still not convinced, you can watch BE@TV’s live recording of the duo’s set at WE ARE FESTIVAL in London last year below.