We’ve loved Skweee (“Scandanavian Synthetic Funk”) and have been blogging it since the first days that this blog came into existence covering some of the originators of the sound from the Swedish and Finnish camps.
We even had Randy Barracuda over at GB fest in 2011 for the Global Mash Ups series and I watched him create Skweee on the fly in a studio in The Netherlands, it was as funky as hell.
Skweee for me is a bit of a shock, surprise and anomaly because you don’t expect music this funky to come from Scandanavia, you’d expect it to come from the Africa or the USA where artists like Fela Kuti, George Clinton, James Brown, Rick James and Prince perfected their Funk art. Skweee is as equally as funky as stuff by those guys.
This is a great documentary of the 2 leading labels in the Skweee movement, Sweden’s Flogsta Danshall and Finland’s Harmonia Records. They are followed from their homes in their respective countries on their journey to Spain’s Sonar Festival Sound Clash where they battle it out on stage.
Before they embark on their way to Sonar they tell you all about how Skweee originated and it’s an insighful, funny and informative look at the genre.
Filmed back in 2008 but only making the light of day around 2 months ago, this is a must watch.
UPDATE: It made the light of day on Vimeo 2 months ago but has been out on DVD for apparently something like 4 years my Dutch dude Coco Bryce tells me.
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A film about music, people and scandinavia by Iacopo Patierno and David Giese
“It’s basic elements, like love, dancing, and sine-waves.”
In early 2008, the Italian filmmaker Iacopo Patierno arrived in Stockholm to assist Erik Gandini on his film “Videocracy”. While in Sweden he discovered the quirky scandinavian electro style Skweee and befriended some of its practitioners.
Patierno became fascinated with the music as well as the
determination and individuality of the artists involved. Camera in hand, he decided to follow some of the central Skweee artists for a year, starting in the functionalist Stockholm suburbs, traversing the Baltic to Helsinki, and eventually tripping down to Barcelona’s
legendary Sonar festival, where eight Swedish and Finnish artists were invited to represent the scene.
“The film is a foreigner’s view on a sub-culture that in many ways mirrors what my understanding is of what it means to be Scandinavian”, says Patierno.
Participating artists: Randy Barracuda, Eero Johannes, Daniel Savio, Joxaren, Pavan, Mesak, Rigas den Andre, S.L.A and others.