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The Key Studio Sessions: Swift Technique

Funk: it’s a distinctly American style of music, and it’s great to party to. With this week’s Key Studio Session falling on Independence Day, what better way to celebrate than showcasing some talented local funketeers? Swift Technique are a young six-piece instrumental group with driving rhythms, an energetic flair and precisely one eye-catching plastic red trombone. The guys cut their teeth in the local jam scene before broadening their palette with excursions up and down the east coast and collaborations with prominent Philly MCs – they’ve recorded with Kuf Knotz, and just last night played Dice Raw’s jamhouse at The Legendary Dobbs. This winter, Swift Technique performed live on the air during XPN2 DJ Adam G’s show, showcasing its staple songs (“Newsies” is a popular one among fans) and giving a taste of the album they’re readying for a late summer release. Check out a slideshow of the session above care of The Swollen Fox‘s Kevin Kennedy, download the entire set below and use the tunes to soundtrack your 4th festivities. If you want more, head to Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight at 6, where Swift bassist Jake Leschinsky and guitarist Andy Bree will host an open jam session. Your next chance to catch the full band is Tuesday July 24 when Swift brings the funk to The Blockley.

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Hear tracks from the Key Sessions archives by Swift Technique and Lady (playing Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday)

Photos by John Vettese

You’ll hear two musical forces of nature from the Philly scene take to the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night: the jam-funk maelstrom of Swift Technique, who are getting pumped for their first full-length release later on this year, and the rainy-day torch song comfort of Lady, still riding high off their Ropeadope Records release You & Me from last fall. Both bands have spent some time at WXPN studios, and you can download two tracks that each recorded for The Key below. Listen to Lady’s entire Key Session here, look for Swift Technique’s later on this summer. Lady and Swift Technique play Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., on Sat. May 5. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

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Listen to The New School Presents: America’s Next, a new compilation from Dice Raw’s Raw Life label

You might know him as a longtime affiliate of The Legendary Roots Crew, but Dice Raw also has a sharp ear for up-and-coming talent in the city. Today, his label Raw Life released The New Sound Presents: America’s Next, a thirteen-track compilation of rising stars in the city’s pop and hip-hop scene. It features the charismatic Young Gliss, who just released the incredible Glimmer EP; Patty Crash, Philly’s answer to the pop-star badassery of Robyn; melodic-minded rapper Rone; the suave, dancefloor-oriented tones of Mike Taylor; and many more. You preview the compilation in the Soundcloud stream below, or buy yourself a copy over at iTunes.

You can also catch Dice, Gliss and Rone tonight at The Jam House party at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street – they’ll be joined by Swift Technique and City Rain.

Below, check out a video for the compilation’s lead single: “200 Miles to Philadelphia” by Rone.

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Philly Local Philes: Swift Technique’s “Newsies”

Photo by John Vettese

Earlier this week, Philadelphia funk-jam sextetSwift Technique took their punchy horns and racing rhythms to the XPN2 airwaves for a live broadcast with Tuesday night host Adam G. The occasion? Swift’s first Philadelphia show of 2012, which happens tonight at Kungfu Necktie. Opening the show are Key faves Lady, and out-of-towners Dr. Ruckus. Look for the entire performance to be released as a Key Studio Session later this year – probably around the time Swift gets ready to drop their full-length debut album – but in the meantime, today’s Philly Local Phile provides a taste to whet your appetite: an ode to South Philadelphia (and a certain Christian Bale musical) called “Newsies.”

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