Review: Bringing further evolution in the realm of footwork, one of the scene's heavy hitters DJ Earl drops this self-assured EP which lets a little heart and soul into the manic machinations of his chosen discipline. Opening track "I Feel It" embraces full-bodied vocals and warm melodies, while "I Need You" gets deep into a Rhodes refrain, all the while twitching away at the heightened BPMs of classic footwork. "Alive N' Well" goes as far as to reach for some chunky Detroit chords, while "Ambienttt" somewhat ironically represents the feistiest cut on the release with a more head-nagging refrain that seems more in line with classic Chicago juking.
Review: Still exceptionally young, yet already a legend in juke's evolution into footwork, DJ Earl returns with six new essential 140+bpm beats on the Triple Threat EP. Creating hazy polyrhythms akin to his contemporaries DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Earl sets off with the Eastern tremolo stutter of "Triple Threat" before launching into the furious 'work of "Dragged" and the insane soul-sampling "Make U Mine". Sub hits and Dilla-esque cuts dominate "Flexin" while "Without Love" mixes the smooth with the ruff perfectly.
Review: It seems that this year Philthtrax are unable to do any wrong as they return to us here with yet another high quality compilation, showcasing just how far juke and footwork have come as newschool genres of dance music. This project features a high profile roster of producer guests, including heaters from the likes of Kneco, Machette, Ghostwhip, Cherriep and more. For us there are a few clear standouts from the off, including Cocky Balboa's super crunchy 'Motion Warning' original, alongside the super moogy melodic structures of DJ Earl's 'Mood Ring'.
Review: The phenomenon that answers to the names 'footwork' or 'juke' has spread far and wide since its origins as a sped up fusion of ghetto, jackin' and hip-beats in Chicago. It's spread so far in fact, that French label, Booty Call, have taken it upon themselves to present this inspired compilation in an attempt to put the genre firmly on the musical map. They've got taste too, and highlights of these 12 prime cuts include: the deep synth fest of 'Access", the porno-hop frenzy of "Sex To Me" and the Kenny G on downers vibe of "My Sorrows".
Review: 'Is the world round?', 'what is time?', 'do you reckon like, that the earth actually travels around the sun?' All great historical questions and now we also have 'can footwork ever be deep?'. It's a question being asked by Franjazzco who launches his shady new label in order to find out. Simply it's a big 'yes', with eight prime cuts that marry frenetic booty-shakin footwork beats with deep and sensuous moods. Pick of the bunch are the 1960s Rio-isms of "Bada", the jazzy, pilled up "1Luv" and the joyfully undanceable beats of "Scwm".
Review: We here see Moveltraxx return for another edition to their exciting 2019 catalogue, forever championing the experimental side of footwork and juke. They have gathered together a monumental track listing here as they invite in heavyweight footwork frontrunners such as Rashad, DJ Earl, Traxman, Naina, and more. There are a tonne of heaters involved, with highlights including Hiroki Yamamura's extremely colourful 'Venus Beats' and the super experimental electronic tastings of 'Philthkids' from Mo Fiyah. Yet another extremely creative selection from the Moveltraxx team.