Review: As footwork and juke continue to grow in popularity and appeal, we are starting to see more and more established labels start to turn their head towards the genres to give them a real push. This latest Night Slugs release therefore sees DJ Phil do what he does best as we kick off with the emotive, hardcore rhythms of 'Can You Feel It', featuring Rashad. This is chased up by the drum-heavy punches of 'Break4Luv' alongside Manny, the spacey vocal harmonies of 'Vivid Dreams', the skippy break chops and clap slaps of 'F-Train' and high energy vocal layerings of 'Deeper Love' alongside Moondoctor. Manny then rejoins the party at its finale with some additional vocal work on 'See You Dance', rounding up everything nicely.
Review: Cornelius Ferguson, or otherwise known as the mighty Traxman, has a long and respectful history when it comes to that 'ghetto' house sound and the whole footwork-juke continuum. Among other labels, he's been a part of Dance Mania, but has also given the UK's Planet Mu a credible angle into the US scene thanks to two killer albums. This new EP on Good Street is all fun and play, with both "Faces" and "Dusty Loopz" strutting their lively melodies amid fast-paced percussion knots. He appears alongside DJ Phil on the more mystical "Mystery Jazz", and with the infamous DJ Deeon on the classic DM-style ghetto joint "All U Pussy MF". "Long Dik Style" brings things to a close with a broken, shifting rhythm that pushes sampling to its limits.
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".