Delving deep into the electro-filled world of the current European music scene we've found this new, two-CD LP from Parov Stelar. The Princess is the latest in a deluge of albums released by the Austrian DJ since 2001 and further cements his addictive signature sound of 'electro swing' into the great new sounds to emerge from Europe onto the international stage.
After many a long and hard search, it is still impossible to find anyone quite like him. On this LP in particular, he manages to combine a huge range of musical styles - electro, acid jazz, 30s and 40s swing - with the end product being sensationally good dance music. From the moment you press play, this album will whisk you into some sort of dancing frenzy and won't let you go till it's good and ready, dropping suddenly into soothing jazz piano and ambient sounds for the finale.
The two CDs have very different tones (anyone able to dance to his beats for two albums straight deserves some kind of Olympic medal), with the first CD encompassing keening, poignant vocal performances and stunning jazz piano. Special note must go to end track - Nobody's Fool - featuring the vocal talent of Cleo Panther, with the combination of voice and beat making for extremely easy listening.
Stelar then unleashes his full force on CD2, cranking the speed up and combining heavy bass-lines with blasting trumpets and creating possibly some of his best 'electro swing' to date. Jimmy's Gang is especially magnetic, hooking and reeling you in from the very first beat.
Though not the most flowing of LPs, the DJ, turned producer, turned fully fledged band leader certainly doesn't lose your interest - not an easy thing to achieve over the course of CDs worth of music. Released in April 2012 through Stelar's own label, Etage Noir Recordings, the LP's combination of live recordings and brilliant sampling will have you swinging the summer days away.
Average price: £18.00