|MY CURRENCY: USD | MY COUNTRY: USA|
Features the latest dance music news, interviews, music and tech reviews, podcasts & more...Visit Juno Plus
DJ & STUDIO EQUIPMENT
Massive range of equipment and accessories for DJs and studio use.Visit Juno DJ
VINYL & CDs
The world's largest dance music store featuring the most comprehensive selection of new and back catalogue dance music Vinyl and CDs online.Visit Juno Records
24 Jul 12
Review: Lover of all things juke, Chicago's Chrissy Murderbot has plenty to say on the subject and he makes his feelings well known on this latest joint for Halocyan records. "Bionic Penguins" kicks things off with a plush and melodic juke chop up that moves through sophisticated chord progressions for the arpgeggiator to roam around in, while "Friendship" goes down a slightly darker route peppered with hefty amounts of bleep. Sumsun turns "Bionic Penguins" into an emotionally strained UK Funky joint, leaving it to Legowelt to create a serene funk of robotic melodics with lashings of acid and some serious Balearic sass.
20 Apr 13
Played by: Paradisiaca Recordings
Review: Coming correct with an album of new material under that classic tongue-in-cheek move of calling an album Greatest Hits, Chrissy Murderbot is back with a slew of footwork-flavoured fun and games for the less po-faced of dancefloors. There's no arguing with the rapid-fire sample wisecracks of "Slang It", but Chrissy is also prepared to dip into more moody territory such as the soulful and searching "What Should I Do" with its subtle drum arrangements and thoughtful synths. There's also a wealth of dutty remixes on offer, from Pixelord's sunny breakbeat business to Cardopusher & Pacheko's hyped-up electro throwdown, giving you a staggering amount of party-starting, unpretentious rave hype in one handy package.
28 Aug 12
Review: The fledgling Cool Kid Music return with the debut release from the promising David Marston. "What We've Got" is the perfect track for the dying days of summer, filled with minimal garage beats, smooth melodies and vocals that have been shattered into a thousand glassy pieces. "Top Off" is the real killer though, a smooth piece of rubbery future soul with an R&B sensibility that recalls the devastating jams of Jacques Greene rolled into an unexpectedly threadbare sensibility.
07 Mar 12
Review: Jonny Megabyte provides a unique and exciting three-track EP on Juke Trax. "Thank You" gets the party started with a flurry of cheering and some stuttering beats, with an upbeat kick, and continues for its two and a half minute duration with considerable pace and swing. Next is the title track "Old School Down" with its cooing vocal, snapping beats and old skool piano chords, adding another dose of style to the piece. Concluding the EP is "Cocaine" with its chopped up, reverberating vocals and gentle, ticking beats.
16 Oct 12
Played by: Vision Collective, Pete Dafeet, Smutlee, Lifecycle, Grant Nelson, Wascal, Blacksoul, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Tim Livingstone, Tiesto, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Ave Blaste, King Jackal, Sasha, Manikan, Jay Lumen, Noir, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Sounds Of Sumo, Lucent, Allmostt, Marc Romboy
Review: A candidate for house music's album of the year, Ghettos & Gardens gets six treatments that upkeep the sonic standard Justin originally set this summer. The standout rub - for its uptempo cheekiness alone - is Bachelors Of Science's ace half-step/double time switches on the album title track, but each of these reversions sparkles in its own special way. From Catz n Dogz's added melancholy on "Butterflies" to Danny Daze's classic acid house injection on "The Gurner", this is an exemplary lesson in how to nail a remix. Very impressive if you consider how spotless the originals are.
28 May 12
26 Nov 12
Review: Having kept quiet on the releases this year, Kevin McPhee makes a welcome return on the mighty WNCL imprint with four rough and ready cuts that suit the bawdy atmosphere of the label perfectly. "In Circles" lets the beats fly about with heady abandon while the core stab keeps the groove locked in tight in a most ravey of fashions. "Do" kicks the blueprint out of the window entirely as it slinks in on a false pretext of spaced out synths which give way to a nasty broken riddim that's heavy on the bass and diverse percussion. "Pumpkin" comes on like a mentally scarred cousin of techno with its merciless propulsion and frayed sound sources, and "The Blind Whirring Of Machinery" takes the metallic drums of industrial and arranges them into musical patterns that cycle over each other with grace and ugliness in equal measure.
29 Apr 13
Review: After time well spent roaming across labels such as WNCL, Idle Hands and Brainmath, Kevin McPhee returns to his starting point of [NakedLunch] with a new grip of tracks that display an artist still exploring new avenues for his sound to maraud down. "Version One" kicks off on two minutes of bizarre melody that profoundly hides its tempo until everything pauses for a solid house beat to take hold, making for an eye-opening vision of singular groove. "It's What She Wants" is uncompromising in a wholly different way, pumping and clunking on a productive factory of percussion before the less-than-obvious appropriation of R&B vocal comes loping into the mix. "P1:P2" is positively conventional by comparison, but it's no straight up house cut by any regular stretch with its own unique metallic clang and a decisive switch up into more melodic territory for the later part of the EP.
05 May 13
Review: Ramp's Brain Math sublabel has been responsible for some of the more experimental takes on bass music over the past few years, and Canadian producer Kevin McPhee is a logical addition to the canon. Although only one track, "Who Loves You" more than makes its impression, with some dusty, subdued piano led beats and deep bass that recall James Blake and Airhead's contribution to the label.
27 Feb 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Bizt, Sounds Of Sumo, Champion, Rack N Ruin, Major Notes
Review: Any naysayers believing that UK funky is in decline need look no further than Roska's Kicks & Snares imprint which continually delivers the goods in terms of vital, high quality material. Beyond The Sea is MA1's second release on the imprint, showing off his diverse production talents. The title track is a deep number with cavernous synth stabs, whilst "Rockstaa" has all the swagger its name suggests, rolling along with a tumbling bassline and razor sharp claps. "Circles" is a distinctly more soulful number whiles "Bassbox" uses a distinctly ravey, ruckus-rousing high pitched synth stab and building claps. Finally, Shox remixes "Beyond The Sea", stripping it right back to it barest components, using its melodic hook sparingly and adding some sawtooth bite.
20 Feb 12
Played by: Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Vorres - Juno, Danny Drive Thru, Matthew Kyle, J Courage, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Bam Bam Dealers
Review: For a producer who used to be clearly defined in the sliced hip-hop tempo of Dabrye and Prefuse 73, it sure is hard to make sense of Machinedrum these days, and we mean that in the best possible way. As the name might suggest, his latest effort "Nastyfuckk" is a guttural affair, plying those frantic juke rhythms while a synth line satan would be proud of growls away underneath. It's a relatively linear effort and all the better for it. "What U Wanted 2 Feel" flips the script with a slow-lurching rhythm more akin to Mount Kimbie than DJ Nate, complete with treated R&B vocal licks, while Pixelord jacks the track up with a colourful and punchy remix.
25 Jul 11
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Chrissy Murderbot, Shadow Dancer, Chrissy Murderbot, Rough Fields
Review: Travis Stewart has been producing under the Machinedrum moniker for more than 10 years; in that time his sound has gone from IDM through hip-hop and ghetto house, but on Room(s) he takes the blueprint of the subgenre of 150BPM Chicago house known as juke (which has been an underground phenomenon for the past 10 years) and runs with it. Despite the album's 150BPM plus pace (which is never anything less than a complete adrenaline rush, even during it's more sedate moments), fatigue never sets in. This is primarily down to Stewart's rhythm programming. While juke would typically utilise untreated drum machines, Stewart isn't afraid to use organic drum samples. "Come1" for example contrasts euphoric piano chords with a freeform jazz rhythm; he gives the track just enough syncopation to give everything enough room to breathe, similarly, on "Lay Me Down" he employs clattering percussion and reverb in a similar fashion to Burial. Stewart also swathes an impressive palette of colour and texture across the album's whole. His grasp of melodic balance is exceptional; any chords he employs in the tracks add just the right amount of emotional pull without negating their ferocity. In short, one of the best albums you'll hear this year.
21 Apr 12
Played by: Chrissy Murderbot
Review: Off the back of the barnstorming success that was Machinedrum's Room(s) album, here comes an extended version that sees a slew of remixes coming in from likely suspects such as FaltyDL, Lando Kal, Chrissy Murderbot and Traxman. There's also plenty of fresh material from Machinedrum himself, who continues his unique slant on rolling breakbeat rhythms and hyper juke edits. That combination of early jungle ambience and the most utterly modern techniques lends itself to a second disc of material, albeit singing the same song that we heard on the original release of the album.
05 Dec 12
08 Jun 12
30 Jul 12
Played by: Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Sounds Of Sumo, J Courage, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: An in demand producer from Leeds, Mak touches down with Embassy Recordings for two new fresh joints - the breezy digital jack of title-tune "Bhasa" which uses vocal acapella chops in a way that recalls greats like A Guy Called Gerald's "Voodoo Ray" and Mory Kante's "Yeke Yeke". On the (digital) flip, "About You" is a minimal spank of impressive 808 sequencing and R&B vocals, fused together with real flair.
02 Apr 12
Played by: Odiggity, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Wildlife!, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Reilly Steel, Sounds Of Sumo, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Mak & Pasteman
Review: Upcoming UK house pairing Mak & Pasteman show a healthy respect for the best of Detroit and London on this new release on Shifting Peaks. The essential title tune "Do The Same" is smothered in strong dreamy pads a la Derrick Carter, but spiced up hugely by an addictive vocal hook that's layered perfectly over blunt kicks and Carl Craig-style arpeggios. "Lost" is a more withdrawn and haunted 2-step winner, while "Mode" takes a familiar Junior Reed refrain but frames it perfectly over some rough snares and tough, grimy bass. An excellent release and definite names to follow during the course of the year.
26 Jun 12
Played by: DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bizt, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy
Review: Rippling rhythms, crackling white noise and muffled, hissing beats dominate for the most part of Mak & Pasteman's delectable "What Love Is". Setting the tone for their release on Car Crash Set, the pair go in with the deep, heavy rhythms, pulsing beats, hissing percussion and eerie vocal which hides behind the rest of the music somehow. A midway breakdown adds a brief moment of melancholy reflection before we return to the main tune. "So Much" continues in much the same manner, with sparse beats in a gentle, humming soundscape, broken by a labored groan and dripping SFX and pattering percussion. A must buy, right here, right now.
24 Sep 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Ya Dun Know, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Sounds Of Sumo, D3adl1ne, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: As the title suggests, this split EP from Mak and Pasteman is something of a throwback to simpler times. More specifically, it offers up a quartet of cuts inspired by the halcyon days of UK garage. Mak's deep and delicious "Work On You" apes late '90s two-step, throwing in some New Jersey garage and Todd Edwards-ish vocal stabs. Pasteman's "Beggin It" goes for more of a 4/4 flex -complete with warped dark garage bassline - while Mak's bass-heavy, breakdown happy "Cameo" is bursting with chiming melodies. Best of all, though, is Pasteman's "Thinking of You", which mixes classic US house and early garage to superb effect.
31 Oct 12
Review: Mako is the latest name to arrive on the Hot N Heavy imprint, bringing his own brand of intricate bass music. The sparse title track focuses in on weighty 2-step kicks, wrapping all manner of subtle melodic riffs and vocals around its complex percussion. "Hurt Me" is more explicitly UFK, rolling forward on a rhythmic flex of funky snares, reverb heavy vocals and filtered synths, while "Good FiRday" shows the producer to have a knack for crafting boogie infused hip-hop beats, combining neon saturated 8-bit melodies with weighty organic beatwork. A hefty remix package is also offered; Almostt turns Tropicality" into a moodier, snappier cut, "Shouts" swathes the track in rippling dub effects while, Huffaker Park transforms "Hurt Me" into a precise piece of swung 4/4 house.
02 Mar 12
30 Jul 12
Played by: Sounds Of Sumo
Review: French imprint ClekClekBoom are really gathering steam this year, and follow up a blinding release from Bambounou with two stripped back rollers from Manare. "Quartz" is the perfect collision between UKF and the French take on African rhythms, with 808s that smack hard and bass frequencies begging to be played on a huge system. "Down To Dis" is similarly robust but is characterized by wonky melodies playing off against an insistent vocal sample - big tip on this one.
31 Dec 12
01 Apr 13
Review: If he's talking marriage after just one single, Lithuanian producer Mantas Stonkus Vel must be pretty serious, but with the calibre of tunes on display here, he's on his well his way to getting a positive answer. "Vilnius We Have A Problem" kicks things off with a trippy slo-mo booty groove complete with ridiculously deep bass and surreal speech samples. Further on we encounter heavy, stomping electro glam on "Catch Me", voodoo rhythms on "Pelkiu" and (possibly very tongue-in-cheek) high-pitched RnB meets Eurotrance on "Transdans".
10 Oct 11
Played by: Deepchild
18 Mar 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Scott Fell, Earl Grey, Nowakowski, Dusty / Jazz & Milk, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Techno, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Posthuman, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Simonlebon, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Ben Pearce
Review: Ahead of a forthcoming new album for Brainfeeder, Martyn drops this killer induction into Steffi's recently established Dolly Dubs imprint. The offshoot launched in relatively low key fashion late last year, with Swedish producer Staffan Lindberg at the helm. The addition of Steffi's compatriot Martyn is however big news, with the three track Newspeak EP the Dutchman's first proper release since Hello Darkness, the single that bookended his album for Brainfeeder in March of last year. Long term devotees of the 3024 boss's output should be familiar with the sub heavy snap of the title track which featured on his Essential Mix for Radio 1 last Spring, whilst lead track "Oceania" is a rolling, broken treat.
22 Jun 12
Review: When it was announced that Kingdom was to be running a transatlantic counterpart to Night Slugs, Fade To Mind, there was always the worry that it may simply try to replicate the same formula as it's older brother. However, four releases in and it's developed a very singular aesthetic, as demonstrated by this debut EP from Massacooramaan. Pitched somewhere in the middle of Nguzunguzu's psychedelic, tribal R&B and frantic Chicago footwork, Dead Long Time is a wild ride through chopped samples and syncopated beats. "Dead Long Time" is characterised by its sweet marimba melody and autofire snares, while "Wijd" places pounding kickdrums over a gothic choral backdrop. "Bludgeon Riddim" meanwhile takes a hip-hop approach, albeit a threadbare one with gurgling samples, while "Jumble Yelp" is about as heads down as it gets, with an introspective sidechain riff underneath a juke rhythm. Footwork titan DJ Rashad even makes an appearance in "Aww Shit!", fusing his angular rhythmic approach alongside Massacooramaan's weird middle eastern melody. Warped, but fantastic stuff.
12 Nov 12
Played by: Homegroove Project
03 Feb 13
10 Sep 12
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Over the past few years, a lot of bass music has shifted its focus towards a deep retro house sound. Meja, a 20-year-old from Paris, certainly fits into this category; "Glass" is a killer slice of deep, brooding and raw jackin' house that gives the likes of Maetrik a run for his money. Up next, "Trucks" is a gentler affair that goes even deeper still, with moonlight synths and clippity-clop percussion along the way. A promising young talent - bravo.
01 Oct 12
19 Nov 12
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Car Crash Set present another fresh producer in the form of Mentalcut, delivering four tracks of contemporary bass heavy trap instrumentals, fused with the luxurious analogue boogie styles. "Burswood" kicks things off with buttery bass and diamond pads stitched together with spindly snare rolls, while "Maylands" combines a triumphant horn solo, elastic chords and glistening hi-hats. "Ardath" switches things up with its shimmering key stabs and water droplet synths, while "Love Child" rounds things off placing threadbare percussion against a 70s lounge-soul backdrop, but without compromising on the rhythmic prowess. If you've ever wondered what a collaboration between Lunice and Dam Funk would sound like, look no further.
08 Oct 09
27 Aug 12
Played by: Nsekt
Review: Slowly appearing on the horizon with this release for Svetlana Industries, Microburst is set apart from most modern producers with his clear electronica leanings. While the rhythmic structures hold weight in a world that has experienced dubstep, the deployment of samples, synthesisers and found sounds has more in common with the engrossing detail of Bola or early Four Tet. This is also reflected in the melancholic nature of his tracks, which mournfully intone their message across six separate studies in advanced digital craftsmanship. Carefully balanced and intricately detailed, this music sits comfortably on its own in a mass of music concerned with the dancefloor.