This site is dedicated to news and resources related to the electronic music style known as skweee and its international community.
Skweee is a movement in electronic music that started sometime in the mid-2000s in Sweden, quickly spread to Finland, and currently spans the globe through small but vibrant communities of artists and fans from Asia to the Americas.
Its prime originator is commonly acknowledged to be Swedish producer Frans Carlqvist, also known as Limonious and Pavan, who runs the seminal skweee label Flogsta Danshall. Other pioneers include fellow Swede and veteran electro producer Daniel Savio (credited with naming the style) and Finnish artists Mesak and Randy Barracuda, who run another of skweee’s venerated imprints, Harmönia records. The skweee community is largely based on releases by small record labels, often on the coveted 7″ vinyl format.
The skweee sound is characterized by slow-to-mid tempo beats (~70-105 bpm) featuring loose and complex funk, r&b, hip hop and reggae influenced drum patterns fused with simple interlocking melodies, chords and basslines typically made up of analog and 8-bit synth sounds. Artists generally put emphasis on the use of analog hardware in both production and live performance, making heavy use of pitch bends and portamento which gives skweee its characteristic slippery, squealing sound.
Skweee’s 8-bit sounds sometimes tie it to the chiptune or demoscene movements, while its unquantized downtempo beats and use of MPC samplers often bring it close to the various hip hop “beats” scenes around the world. One of its more unique stylistic characteristics is the use of eastern scales and patterns, an example of the open minded musical curiosity and worldly scope of its artists.
Skweee can essentially be thought of as a quirky, minimalist approach to electro-funk music. Its overall texture is typically bright, dry and often glitchy, features which make it sometimes reminiscent of early so-called “IDM” and electro/techno of the late 1990s, as exemplified by such labels as Clear and Planet Mu. One of the most high-profile releases of the style to date, Eero Johannes’ self titled album, was released on Planet Mu in 2008.
Skweee continues to live on through small groups of artists and labels around the world, linked through various websites and social networks. Its sound is mutating and evolving as musical styles tend to do, but has so far evaded any mainstream goldrush and remains a lovingly crafted pursuit with a disperse yet rabid fan base.
For a unique insider perspective on skweee, check out We Call it Skweee, a documentary about the burgeoning movement filmed in Finland.