Detroit Swindle is an electronic dance music act started in 2011 by Lars Dales & Maarten Smeets.
The Dutch duo put out most of their music through their own label Heist Recordings and have quickly gained popularity through their early releases like “The Wrap around”, and “The Break up”. Their more recent output sees them explore the broader corners of electronic music with the dreamy “Tamarindus Hollandicus”, and the sample-heavy “Just not Norma”. They’ve collaborated with and done remixes for artists like Tom Misch, Kerri Chandler, Mayer Hawthorne, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Hercules & Love Affair and Seven Davis Jr.
As avid record collectors of both old and new music, their DJ style is as varied as their taste in music. Rather not limiting themselves to a certain sound, Detroit Swindle will play just about anything. So whether it’s classic house, obscure disco, African funk or any other genre from across the globe: if it puts a smile on your face, they’ll play it.
They run their house-focused label Heist Recordings since 2013. Heist has featured music from artists such as Frits Wentink, Pépé Bradock, Nachtbraker, Matthew Herbert, Ge-Ology, Byron the Aquarius, Adryiano, Alma Negra, Nebraska, Max Graef, Fouk and many more.
They carefully curate the label’s output as well as it’s look & feel, working closely with visual artist Bas Koopmans to match their personal aesthetics. The label is not only a showcase of their particular sonic view, it’s also a meeting place for likeminded artists. Their artists are brought together by the duo with label showcases and special projects such as the yearly Roundup EP; a tradition where every artist of that year remixes another artist, effectuated by the luck of the draw.
With residencies throughout 2018 at clubs Like Berlin’s Prince Charles and Phonox in London, their sophomore album “High Life” coming out May 2018, and a world tour with their new live show following that release, it’ll be hard to miss them this year.
Selected discography Detroit Swindle
Can't hold it EP - Heist Recordings
The Circular City EP - Heist Recordings
In Reverse EP - Heist Recordings
The Figure of Speech EP - Freerange Records
The Punch Drunk EP - Heist Recordings
Boxed Out, the remixes - Dirt Crew
64 Ways, the remixes - Dirt Crew
Boxed Out LP - Dirt Crew
Huh What EP - Dirt Crew
Unfinished Business EP - Freerange Records
Break up to Make up EP - Heist Recordings
The Passion EP - Tsuba
Guess What EP - Dirtcrew Recordings
Standards of Dialogue - OFF Recordings (Part of compilation)
Creep EP - Freerange Records
B.OST.ON EP - Murmur Records
Nothing Else Matters EP - Dirtcrew Recordings
The Wrap Around EP - Saints & Sonnets
Matrix - Get Out (Detroit Swindle remix)
Tom Misch - South of the River (Detroit Swindle remix)
Seven Davis Jr. - Friends (Detroit Swindle's Friends on Acid remix)
Chet Faker - 1998 (Detroit Swindle's K.98 remix)
Hercules & Love Affair - My Offence (Detroit Swindle remix)
TCTS - These Heights (Detroit Swindle's Mile High Club Remix)
Softwar - One Day (Detroit Swindle Remix) - Club Mod
Waze & Oddysey - Please don't dance (Detroit Swindle's basement dub) - Dirt Crew
Pablo Valentino - One (Detroit Swindle rework) Room with a View
Zoo Look - Over Me (Detroit Swindle rework) - Morris Audio
Deep Future - You Need It (Detroit Swindle's "never enough" Interpretation) - Gruuv
Medlar - Knockard (Detroit Swindle remix) - Wolf Music
Homework - Spinning Top (Detroit Swindle's spinning topless remix) - Exploited
Elef - Keep It Physical (Detroit Swindle remix) - Dirtcrew Recordings
Last Mood - Tell You Something (Detroit Swindle doomsday revise) - Dirtcrew recordings
Desos - Ghetto Love (Detroit Swindle's KFC rework) - Deso records
Jill Scott - Love Rain (Detroit Swindle's seasonal redux) - unreleased