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Review: Reading's Jook10 aims to fuse the dubby, urban end of things with more traditional house beats. On the title track we get a moombahton-esque cruiser that's just the type of tune a DJ needs to step the night up a gear, transitioning from warm-up to peak time. Elsewhere we get prog-meets-wobble ("Late"), old-skool garage influences ("On Track") and best of all, doomy carnival frequencies ("Tragic").
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17 Dec 11
Review: Juicy Joints' 2009 classic "Too Late" gets a welcome digital release, with the wobbly bassline action of the original still sounding great today. Fans of UK Funky are well represented with Konga Kings' remix, which softens the bass, but keeps things flexing with rolling snares, whilst NB Funky's version adds a dramatic touch with its strings and horns. Big Ang's remix meanwhile takes things in more of a house direction, with and 80s pads and piano combining with big room production values, but perhaps the best of the bunch is DJ Lapell's remix, which keeps things moving at a fast pace, with razor sharp house piano and euphoric melodies combining to create a sophisticated garage roller.
30 Jun 10
17 Oct 11
Played by: Chrissy Murderbot
Review: A South African producer who's been quietly garnering big love from Eglo's Alexander Nut, Benji B, Chrissy Murderbot, Bok Bok and more, Jumping Back Slash probably won't remain much of a secret for long if this third EP is anything to go by. The moody kwaito funk of "Flaai Baba", the hypercoloured bass funk of the excellent "Pap En Jam" or the driving groove of "Shosholozaaa" are all simply essential purchases for fans of unique and gleefully fresh bass music, as is the whole EP for that matter, especially the deep dub-house of "No Love". A highly recommended release.
21 Dec 09
23 May 11
Played by: T.r.o.
Review: The L2S juggernaut rolls on, destroying UK garage's more sanguine exponents with its dancefloor focused canons of justice and scattergun basslines of truth. This time round, the man at the wheel is Jup1ter, who delivers a wonderfully varied collection of cuts that should see heavy club rotation. There are four varied slabs of UK funky/UKG action on offer, each ticking a different box - presumably with a fat marker and a cheeky grin. There's some deep two-step vibes in the shape of "Open Your Eyes", a snappy breakbeat piano-jam ("Alien Warhead"), a two-finger rave salute ("This 1"), and even a proper ruffneck rinse-out ("Asteroid").
10 Sep 12
Review: Elusive producer Louie John has notched up a string of releases on Reading imprint, Soulserious Records, and his latest features four original tracks brimming with style, class and groove. Title track "Reasons Why We Do It" features dreamy fender rhodes chords and an infectious percussive loop - deep and lovely. Break 4 Love-style beats form the backbone of "Love Was Anyways", which is completed by a druggy female refrain and spacey synths. "Felix" is also a stand out with its unexpected electro-house direction.
20 May 13
Review: This guy has settled in with Reading UKF label Soulserious like a comfy pair of old slippers. Why not when they totally support his sound, to the point where his EPs are now bordering on mini-LPs! "Speeding" features six new joints all revealing his finely honed production skills. He blends slick, jazzy pads with shuffling garage beats that often veer into a sleazy tech-house side of town, and there's always a few retro nods to the good old 90s.
19 Nov 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Enchanting, space-bound soul vibes right here as promising chanteus Lulu follows up "Rope Mirage" with this altogether more alluring package. The lead track pulsates with a fluid-yet-steppy break and hushed amens as Lulu's lyrics are delivered with such skill they lean back over the beats. Label mate 3HRS nails a reversion too with a soft proggy twist that wouldn't have gone amiss on Hooj back in the day. "Stuck" is a more inward-looking lament. Sultry and self aware, it twinkles with a dubby glow.
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10 Sep 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
08 May 12
24 Jan 12
Review: New on Gridlock'd, two UK funky house powerhouses team up to drop the silky vocal joy of "Heartbreaker". Rocking a popping set of synth chords over a tight mainroom beat, "Heartbreaker" benefits hugely from Emily Lynn's vocals which ooze soulful pop goodness. On the (digital) flipside, Midas T and Danny Westcott add a touch of gritty funk the tune, courtesy of some distorted bass hits, whilst still staying faithful to that killer vocal.