By: Anand Harsh
The bi-coastal wonder Mocean Worker is leading the charge in the electro-swing revolution. Pairing New Orleans jazz and big band era swing with throbbing house beats, the retro-futuristic sound is sweeping underground clubs coast to coast. With one foot in the past and one foot stretching forward, this bold new innovator is on the verge of releasing an eponymous album, his first in four years, on August 18th.
For lead single "Soul Swing," Mocean Worker plucked heyday Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles before he got off the junk, and Parliament-era Bootsy Collins from the swirling vortex of time, and threw them in a room with Claude VonStroke and the latest version of Ableton. While the driving groove is four-on-the-floor, the elements still swing. Trust me, it swings harder than Bird on a bender.
Mocean Worker put it best, himself, "'Soul Swing' is proof that the funk can play nicely with technology. Wait for the break. Your ass will thank you!”
It's fun, it's funky, and above all, it's fresh. The full 11-track album ranges from wild swing to deep house-influenced subtle bubblers, to Jaco Pastorius laser jazz. Get your Flapper on.
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