London swing has been popular since the 40s, but has more recently enjoyed success again.
Introduction in Europe
While swing music originated in the United States in the late 20s, Europe wasn’t far behind. This style of music quickly spread across the pond, and many artists created their own styles of swing. By the late 40s and early 50s swing music could be found globally.
London has long been a hot spot for up and coming artists. While probably more known for rock, swing enjoyed a large influence as well. Rockabilly has been said to have started in London. While no one knows this for sure, it’s not a far out assumption.
Today swing music remains popular in all parts of the world. In London, a new form of swing that mixes hip hop and house music with a swing backbone has become all the rage with London Swingers. This new form of swing is referred to as electroswing. Heavy dance clubs have long been popular in London, and the Electro Swing clubs of today are no exception to this. Some notable artists include Mr. Scruff, Parov Stelar, and F.M. Einheit. Many of the popular songs take old school swing, such as Duke Ellington, and mixed it with more modern electropop. This new style is gaining popularity and slowly moving to other parts of the world, including the United States.