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G-Swing Records represents the division of Basenotic Records & Greenskeepers Music run by James Curd.

James Curd began his DJing career in Chicago when he was only fifteen years old. Being underage, Curd was snuck into events to play at raves and clubs he was not legally allowed in. He played along side some of electronic music's most respected acts and DJs. Through his love of DJing and music Curd began to write and produce for himself.

At the age of eighteen he had built up a music studio and began producing Chicago house and by nineteen released his first track on Romain Dupont and Etienne Mignard’s Paris based label Basenotic Records.

The name for this project between James and Romain led to the invention of the term G-Swing. Some of James earlier releases had been under the name Greenskeepers, and this was used to form the new name, in essence G-Swing is short for Greenskeepers Swing. The name would be used for the work produced by the artists on this album.

A record label was already established using the same name. G-Swing (the label) is currently a division of Basenotic and Greenskeepers Music, with James as label head. Both he and Romain work on the A&R side.

In their own words ‘G-Swing is a label dedicated to the Swing House sound’ and around 2002, James focussed firmly on the label and the swing house sound despite running two other, non swing, labels Igloo and Greenskeepers Music.

This was all four years before the release of ‘Swing For Modern Clubbing’ and in that time much work was being done to bring this concept of jazz swing and house beats to life.

The G-Swing artist collective included James Curd, Romain Dupont aka Romain BNO aka DJ Brame, Etienne Mignard aka Le Major Melon, Lindstrom, Ludovic Allen, Joakim aka Jimi Bazooka, Berry Dept, Marcovich and Itchy Mango.

Upon the release of ‘Swing For Modern Clubbing’ all the hard work had been realised and James realised ’’ I knew we were on to something fun and new.’’ The album included tracks heavily plundered from the recognisable swing jazz standards of the big band era and included a weighted nod in particular to the works of Duke Ellington.

The album gave a second wind to the swing house scene. Better production and the creativity of the tracks led to a re-emergence of this style that would in time find itself under the umbrella of electroswing.

There had been a swing house scene prior to this album, a first wave, which originated from Chicago and indeed G-Swing the label saw it’s first release in 2002, with James in Greenskeepers mode.

It’s been over five years since the release of ‘Swing For Modern Clubbing’ The G-Swing label has continued to bring us the best in swing house with the likes of Biboulakis and Enzo Siffredi, plus remixes from the likes of the mighty Wattie Green, however, releases by the G-Swing collective of remixers had gone quiet.