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    Has anyone heard of Skweee music? My friend stumbled across its existence while searching for a certain kind of electronic hip hop he could only hear in his head... and found something close in this weird Scandinavian hybrid of electro, autechre riddims, 8bit sounds, grime, and perhaps a bit of dubstep too. Though now that I know about it Joker sounds more like skweee (with better production values) than dubstep.

    I don't know much myself yet, just got into it about a half hour ago, but this is the first place I thought to break the news. Search reveals nothing under "skwee*" so here it is.

    From what I've gathered, there's only 10-15 major artists doing it so far, and they post on skweee forums and share their music via myspace. But the prime official release method seems to be 7" singles.

    General info:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skweee

    Descriptive interview with a founding artist:
    http://www.flowmagazine.net/more.php?id=45

    Here's how he puts it: "Skweee is instrumental, quite primtive electronic music influenced by the rhythms of R'n'B, dancehall and funk. It usually consists of a "dirty" sound, vibes that make you think of early electro, techno and c-64 music. When you hear it, you know what Skweee is."

    Some tunes I like:
    http://www.myspace.com/eerojohannes

    "lipton service boy" and "spilled milk 2001" especially

    http://www.myspace.com/102670709

    "nine iron" and "juicy juice" (reminds me of the ocean faring music from jaws for nes)


    This is a great example of the same kind of do-it-with-what-you've-got phenomenon grime and reggeton are part of... and it's fascinating to have stumbled across it in its state of infancy (at least as i perceive it so far... maybe it's older than i realize?)

    Anyone more knowledgeable want to fill me in?
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    seems a natural extension of the demoscene and the micromusic.net blokes?
    pretty groovy

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ip_K5DHZlfg
    skweee grandpappy?

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    wow, digging this. post-timbaland, post-8bit, post.. a dozen other things. reminds me of junior boys or zoot woman. most of these examples do seem to be lacking vocals tho. time to start digging.

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    Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how this develops. The tunes I've listened to from those links all sound really ace, I'd be so chuffed if this was "the next big thing", not holding my breath though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by secretagentgel View Post
    wow, digging this. post-timbaland, post-8bit, post.. a dozen other things. reminds me of junior boys or zoot woman. most of these examples do seem to be lacking vocals tho. time to start digging.
    yeah, they seem to define it as an instrumental genre, but my friend keeps saying 'why don't they rap over this'... i did find a Deja Vu remix on Beem's myspace that's pretty okay, but i'd like to hear some original stuff. not sure if i want emcees or some femmebots.. probably both

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    http://www.flogstadanshall.com/sndx/

    lookie what i found. check out 100 sleng... scandinavian grime/dancehall

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    Gaming nerds and design students should stay away from music.

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    The best thing is that this combination of fake r'n'b beats and noisy video game music is the total oppoosite of what you might call "proper music". The fact that it's made by nerds rather than the sort of dopes still clinging to a tired idea of what's "cool" adds to the appeal.

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    Ooh I have Flogstadanshall record from a few years ago....
    is there a genre now?
    wow...

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    Yeah, geek friend of mine alerted me to this, I like it...
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    Like Drilla, I've just accidently discovered this music whilst looking for something else this evening. figured i'd find a dissensus post on it!
    anyone recomend a good retailer? Clone Records in Rotterdam seem to have a good selection...

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    My friend Rob introduced me to this the other day actually. Timing! Bit shattered right now, but this topic's first post has much more info than either of us have managed to dig up, so nice one. I'll go through the sites tomorrow; I'm intrigued...
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    already love the contributions that this genre has made to the Bad Puns thread =)

    -We could be Skweeros
    -I can Skwee clearly now

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    Eero Johannes sounds very Italo on first listen. Which is a good thing, obviously.

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