Review: It's now time to dive headfirst into a retro journey through sound, as Cheriep and Ghostwhip join forces via Philthtrax for an 808 driven extravaganza across four highly creative original recordings. We begin with two contributions from Cherriep, who provides the 8bit melodics and old school vocal stabs on 'Go!' before 'Jump' adds some additional harmonic structure to the mix. We then turn down a more footwork inspired road as Ghostwhip's 'Racecar' lets loose a barrage of percussive pounding, before the disco-like structures of '2 The Limit' finish up the EP with a touch of style.
Review: We just love the way the Philtrax label come through with almost relentless levels of footwork and juke; to be completely honest with you, there's few labels out there who are producing this quality of work for the Chicago-born subgenre of house. Club Cab makes his/her debut with four charging slices of drum machine funk, kicking off with "Aww Shh", a fun, sample-heavy tune that's reminiscent of DJ Funk's looser material, while the following "Part 2" unleashes a blockade of smashing drums and percussion for the heads. "Whistle 2 U", as you'd expect, lops a whistle sample over grainy, off-kiter drum stabs, and "Work That Flange" goes for a Steve Poindexter approach, recalling his best material for the timeless Muzique imprint. Badass gear.
Review: While ghetto-tech and booty were originally defined by their geographical location of Chicago and Detroit, it seems that they are finally becoming a global sound. To demonstrate its spread, just check this release by Criminal Practice. Hailing from Ukraine, tracks like the high-paced house of "Booty Treatment", the loopy "Let Me See U Bastard" and the more discordant jacker that is "Homies Holiday" show that it doesn't matter where you are from but where you're at that counts. However, there are some diversions from this stylised sound and the electro fusion of the charmingly-titled "Monster Cock" shows that some location-specific variations on this style are emerging.
Review: The unstoppable Ganjoid is on a fine run of form at the moment; the artist seems to be delivering new releases for Philthrtrax with each new week, and each one of them have made us reevaluate the current state of the wider 'footwork' sound. Tunes like "Shadows", with its subtle nod to house, bring about a refreshing take on a genre that can all too often sound stale and rehearsed, and something as hybrid-like as "Oceans Unknown" manages to incorporate some electro to the picture. "Westcoast Mentality" brings hip-hop chopping to a mutant bass groove, and "From Outer Space" goes for the all-out mean lean thanks to a slow, meandering rhythm backed by aqueous sounds and crunchy percussion stabs. Yes...
Review: Jonny Megabyte's curious blends of tooled-up juke is gaining traction both in the realm of our charts and beyond. The rising bass junkie returns to the equally impressive Philthtrax with a scorching five-tracker that gives us a taste of all the favours that the wider footwork equation has to offer, and we're keen to say that this might be his most daring EP as of yet. "Closing Time" opens with a slow, meandering ride through thick slabs of bass, while "Down Syndrome" shifts gears up to faster house tempos. "Gravy Kisser" strips the groove back to a solid artillery of kicks and fiery percussion shots, "Booze & Soil" goes for the jump-up flex - a hypnotic flurry of instruments and tough power drums - and "Your Love" winds the flow down to a more romantic flex. The business.
Review: Yes, yes - more killer footwork business from Kneco, who returns to the Philthtrax label with some of his very best gear to date - bless up! "Astral High" is a docile stepper with a mean bass in its depth, and "Mt. Takwari" breaks the beats to come through with a hazy, melodic side-stepper complete with looping vocals for added club-annihilating effect. "Git Down" has gone deep house running through its system, backed by fast-moving half-breaks, while "Can It Be?" goes for the lounge approach thanks to a lovely jazzed-out melody and some proper swing on those beats! TIP!
Review: Philthtrax is a Toronto based ghettotech label serving up DJ friendly tracks in a timeless catalogue. For their next release, they have Athens/Munich based 'sonic mangler' Simjon Spengler aka LeTryp appearing for them with the Particles In Motion EP. This will be his second appearance for the label. From the hyperactive booty bounce of "Dance With Me", an unholy mixture of hardcore rave, DJ Funk and Detroit on "Rave Motion" and the DJ Godfather referencing "Particles" getting those Twilight76 vibes of old in the house - this EP is solid. Follows up some great jams by the fledgling producer self-released on his Bandcamp and we hope to see him get picked up by more labels in 2018.
Review: It's now time to dive into the unusual yet always expanding realms of juke and footwork as Plot Twist arrives on Philthtrax for a tasty four track arrangement, showcasing his unique production style with serious precision. The title track 'Lo Bat' is a funk-inspired moogy joyride through spacey atmospherics and rapidfire drum work, whilst 'Backspace' takes a more stripped back approach to the dance, focussing on single melodic lines and breezy sound design. Following this, 'Loading...' touches down with some super groovy Eskimo inspired drum hops before 'Load Complete' sees the release out with a resolving arrangement. Very tasty stuff!
Review: It's been a while since Shannon Reddy last blessed us with his fusions. Making up for lost time, he lays down four cold jams that sit perfectly in the jungle/juke/ghettotech axis Philthtrax have made their home. From the shimmering, slightly detuned Detroit synth stabs and upbeat swag of "Up The Block" to the rampant starlight stepping 23rd century jazz jive "Polaroid", Plot Twist has delivered his deepest and most intriguing and immersive EP to date. There's no saying 'cheese' when this camera flashes.
Review: We were very excited to dive deep into this fantastic new compilation project from Philthtrax, who bring forth a host of jukey style originals for us to feast upon. Totalling at 13 tracks, this project takes us left, right and centre, including heavyweight recordings from the likes of Turk Turkleton, Buen Clima, Super Jim Z and more. For us there are some clear stand outs including Ghostwhip's moogy expanse in 'Slap It', and the storming collaboration between Jonny Megabyte and Six Foe who get busy with their combined energies on the spacey tones of 'Dancefloor Murderers'. This is definitely a project we would recommend taking in as a whole, rather than as a run of individual singles.
Review: As both a genre and musical concept, the Juke / Footwerk movement has been gaining some serious steam in the UK as of late, with a multitude of producers starting to delve head first into the Newfoundland of electronic production. This new Majik-Pak compilation Dee's a collection of some of the most exciting producers within the Juke bracket come together for a fantastically creative tracklisting. Our favourites have to include the 8bit inspired sounds of Dubskint with his fantastic arrangement of 'Repetivity', the 80's synth-pop inspired composition of 'What' from Cherriep and of course the pulse-like lead synths of DJ Tabledance's Asylum. Overall this Is a great composition put together in the middle of a very exciting time for the rapidly developing sound of footwerk.
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: Channelling the futuristic, retroactive and electro inspirations of a neon lit, sci-fi movie score, Philthtrax turns in a fresh batch of electro numbers to soundtrack your next apocalyptic escape from New York. Championed most by the sounds of Iteration Corporation's "Nonconvex Isohedral Polyhedron" Drexciya and Dopplereffekt influences grace this compilation through the likes of Dpcld's "Monorail", Cherriep's "Da Bass (feat Letryp)" to the tougher, contemporary sounds of Cryogenetic's "Feel Da Groove". Harder still can be found in "People Enter Music" with its wormholing phaser effects alongside the rough distortion of Ghostwhip's "Boom & Dust". Get Stripped backed with Go Nuclear's "Bass Frontier" and year 3000 funk with Buen Clima "AAO". Quality controlled!