Safari EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Cold - (8:09) 128 BPM
   
Bonita Springs - (7:03) 128 BPM
   
Safari - (9:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Triggs - (7:07) 128 BPM
   
Listed - (8:57) 130 BPM
SSR 065
27 Nov 15
UK Garage
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Contained EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Contained - (6:36) 126 BPM
   
Step Thru - (7:00) 129 BPM
   
Release - (7:07) 128 BPM
   
Bit Rate - (7:10) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Runnin - (8:14) 126 BPM
Review: Continuing to compound the strong relationship between deep house and UKG, Soulserious present brand new label face Dub Solution. Making himself known with five firing jackers, each cut on the "Contained" EP slaps and shuffles with detailed sonic creativity. Highlights include the lavish bass bubbles and well executed vocal chops of "Step Thru", the strutting rhythm and stark one-note piano flurries on "Release" and the mid-90s house homage "Running".
SSR 052
23 Jun 14
UK Garage
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Footprint EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Footprint - (7:00) 130 BPM
   
Clear Your Fear - (7:02) 128 BPM
   
Fractions Of Time - (7:38) 129 BPM
   
Tex - (6:09) 129 BPM
   
Just Tell Em - (7:14) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Dub Soloution gets deep and dingy from the very first beat of his Footprint EP, with the techy title-track combining smooth but dark house music with throbbing acid-tinged bass stabs. "Clear Your Fear" is an upright deep house jam driven by chord progressions, while "Fractions Of Time", can you believe it, samples Simian's hit "We Are Your Friends". "Tex" is the EP's super downbeat jam and sounds like it's been tailor made for the tiled Berlin nightclub, while "Just Tell Em" has a tribal feel with the 'ooh' sample sounding like it comes from Duke's pop hit "So In Love With You".
SSR 055
25 Aug 14
UK Garage
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Flava EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Flava - (6:20) 126 BPM
   
Full Moon - (6:59) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Distractions - (7:54) 131 BPM
   
Buss - (8:07) 128 BPM
   
Energie - (7:03) 128 BPM
Review: Soulserious mainstay Dub Solution cooks up five more of his unique garage/house hybrids: "Flava" looks back to the classics thanks to its detuned synths, bubbling 808 bassline and wailing vocal, "Full Moon" sounds like a Dirtybird cut thanks to its lean make-up, weirded out tech rhythm and sinewy sub wriggles while "Distractions" continues the snub-nosed tech theme but does so with an array of alien space noises and textures. Dig deeper for a funkier jam on the shuffling groove and scuffing throaty bass on "Buss" and an all-out physical floor assault on the future acid house adventure that is "Energie". Welcome to flavour country.
SSR 063
17 Aug 15
UK Garage
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Boxed EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Deny Love - (8:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Boxed - (6:59) 130 BPM
   
Divide - (8:03) 128 BPM
   
Rebels Revenge - (7:59) 129 BPM
   
Make It High - (7:30) 129 BPM
Review: Dub Solution comes through undeniably correct with number 57 in the Soulserious series. After having already released another two EPs for the label, he's become something of a regular, and his swinging, cut-throat style is instantly recognisable. "Deny Love" is a hard, punishing house cut, and the same goes for the pummelling number that is "Boxed". "Divide" is tamer and a little more soulful, while "Rebels Revenge" feels like its angrier, more distorted sibling. Finally, "Make It High" rests somewhere between electro and grime, further demonstrating the producer's diversity and singularity.
SSR 057
24 Nov 14
UK Garage
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Magnetic EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Firestone - (7:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Magnetic - (8:08) 128 BPM
   
Complexity - (8:06) 128 BPM
   
Doo - (8:11) 126 BPM
   
No Effs - (8:11) 128 BPM
Played by: Kastle
Review: Much to our delight, we here see Far From Perfect make an explosive return to the Soulserious imprint as he unveils a brand new three track selection. We begin with the tribal bass flavours and downright dirty sounds of 'Firestone' before rolling into the subtle funky grooves and growling subs of the title track 'Magnetic'. From here, we take a more satanic turn as the demonic bass sounds and sharp percussive pings of 'Complexity' take a lead role, followed closely by the skippy 4x4 flavours and shimmering tones of 'Doo'. Finally, we finish up in style with more laid back creation of 'No Effs', which applies slowly professing bass synths and percussive layering to create a really tight sense of atmosphere.
SSR 073
03 Aug 18
UK Garage
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Something Unreal - (7:17) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
ARIITIAN - (7:07) 128 BPM
   
Party People - (6:22) 125 BPM
   
Tan - (8:35) 128 BPM
   
Aspects - (8:26) 122 BPM
Review: The team at Soulserious have certainly delivered us a gem here as Far From Perfect steps forward for a multigenre party across his highly sought after 'Something Unreal' EP project. We cover a lot of ground very quickly with this one as we begin with the slowed grimey drums and earth shattering reese leads of 'Tan', before bouncing into the subtle funky flavours of 'Aspects'. The stripped back techy sounds of the title track 'Something Unreal' follows, closely pursued by underground sub pressures of 'Party People'. We finish off with the creamy textures and popping percussion of 'ARIITIAN', rounding off this one in style.
SSR 077
23 Nov 18
UK Garage
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These Tears EPEXCLUSIVE
   
These Tears - (6:22) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Come In Deep - (7:06) 126 BPM
   
12 - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
Touch - (7:35) 120 BPM
   
Kuala Roll - (7:12) 126 BPM
SSR 081
05 Apr 19
Minimal/Tech House
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We Strive EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Heat Map - (6:20) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
We Strive - (7:17) 124 BPM
   
Fused - (6:04) 128 BPM
   
Paper Nails - (6:19) 124 BPM
   
Anker - (7:21) 124 BPM
Review: We are noticing a massive influx in the amount of garage releases that are appearing in the store, and when the consistency is this high, we are entirely here for it. This latest project from Far From Perfect is a perfect example of how to do it right, kicking off with the groovy bass tones and drum skips of 'Heat Map'. Next, we dive into the colourful percussion of the title track 'We Strive', before landing on the experimental percussive textures of 'Fused' and the lofi drum expanses and eerie atmospheric persuasions of 'Paper Nails'. Finally, we finish up with the wriggling movements of 'Anker' to round off another wicked body of work from the Soulserious team.
SSR 084
09 Aug 19
UK Garage
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Misty EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Misty - (5:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Litreal - (6:37) 128 BPM
   
Blue Label - (8:07) 128 BPM
   
Klicko - (6:13) 126 BPM
   
Odyssey - (7:14) 126 BPM
Review: For this project, we see the long awaited debut appearance of Far From Perfect on the Soulserious imprint for a tasty five track bonanza. The title track for the EP 'Misty' is a funky roller, driven by syncopated percussive stabs and shimmering subs. From here we dip into the more electronic moogs of 'Litreal' and tech inspired flavours of 'Blue Label' before hitting up the minimalistic tom rolls and conga driven rhythms of 'Klicko'. Finally, we finish up on the shuffled organic stutters of 'Odyssey' which progresses into a skippy house-like composition.
SSR 071
08 Jun 18
UK Garage
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Reasons We Do It - (6:34) 128 BPM
   
Love Was Always - (8:00) 130 BPM
   
She Fine Too - (7:56) 131 BPM
   
Felix - (6:55) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
SSR 033
10 Sep 12
UK Garage
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Reflected EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Find Me - (8:15) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
They Here The - (7:38) 126 BPM
   
Reflected - (7:59) 129 BPM
   
Deep Shots - (7:03) 128 BPM
   
Big Box - (7:09) 126 BPM
Review: Louie John knows which side his bread is buttered: Reading imprint Soulserious just love him and as a result, his many EPs for them have boasted an average of six tracks per release. We've remarked before on his love of that late '80s Inner City sound and "Find Me" sounds like Good Life put through a shredder and put back together again, all jumbled up. Elsewhere things get less obvious with many clever, playful and deep twists and turns from the mind-warping retro house of "They Here The" to the hypnotic sensual loops of "Reflected". Dive in!
SSR 045
26 Aug 13
UK Garage
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Soul Grub - (5:24) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Silver Line - (6:24) 130 BPM
   
Te March - (6:31) 129 BPM
   
Work Me - (4:55) 129 BPM
   
Love Limits - (4:25) 130 BPM
Played by: Rico Casazza
SSR 008
29 Nov 10
UK Garage
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Luvin Me - (8:15) 126 BPM
   
Collective Love - (8:07) 128 BPM
   
Looda - (7:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Joy - (7:14) 126 BPM
Review: Louie John's back with his buddies Soulserious for another dose of his feelgood floorfillers. Only four tracks this time, all sizzlers of course, which get deeper and funkier as the EP progresses. The common factor throughout is his trademark garage shuffle with "Luvvin Me" adding quirky organ licks, "Collective Love" bringing in some seriously bottom end, "Looda" getting deep 'n' trippy and "The Joy" wrapping things up with some 21st century piano house. Stay off that dancefloor - we dare you!
SSR 048
04 Nov 13
UK Garage
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Soul Heights - (6:31) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Guilty - (8:22) 130 BPM
   
De Dot - (6:54) 130 BPM
   
Lost - (7:04) 129 BPM
   
Equium - (6:57) 129 BPM
SSR 011
14 Mar 11
UK Garage
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Just Give EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Burning For You - (7:13) 126 BPM
   
Just Give - (7:00) 129 BPM
   
Inspirations - (8:07) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Own Me - (8:07) 128 BPM
   
Get It Right - (7:12) 126 BPM
Review: Louie John style is all about losing yourself on the dancefloor. Perhaps he lost himself a bit too much lately, because this is his first release this year, too much of a good thing and all that. Anyway, he makes up for his absence with the Just Give EP, bulging with five new sizzlers. As usual it's feelgood o'clock here with retro house vibes all sharing speedy garage rhythms - highlights include the Junior Vasquez-era NYC party vibes of "Burning For You", the skippy and hypnotic "Inspiration" and the sultry and deep late nighter, "Get It Right".
SSR 054
18 Aug 14
UK Garage
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Sloop EPEXCLUSIVE
   
F That S - (8:01) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sloop - (6:14) 125 BPM
   
So Super Fly - (9:01) 128 BPM
   
Call Me - (8:07) 128 BPM
   
Jude's - (7:41) 126 BPM
SSR 062
03 Aug 15
UK Garage
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Speeding EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Speeding - (6:09) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wasabi - (8:07) 126 BPM
   
1996 - (7:38) 126 BPM
   
Everbody - (7:10) 126 BPM
   
Rock The Party - (7:39) 126 BPM
   
Diversions - (6:07) 126 BPM
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.
SSR 041
20 May 13
UK Garage
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Circle - (6:41) 130 BPM
   
Simples - (5:40) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Horrible - (5:46) 130 BPM
   
Spring Up - (3:56) 129 BPM
   
wobbler - (5:43) 128 BPM
   
Reggae Funk - (7:12) 129 BPM
SSR 025
16 Jan 12
UK Garage
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The Beginning - (6:12) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Amnesia - (6:25) 129 BPM
   
Eff Off - (7:38) 129 BPM
   
Roll Up - (6:16) 129 BPM
SSR 023
12 Sep 11
UK Garage
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Road Runner EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Road Runner - (5:24) 129 BPM
   
Zante - (5:41) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tribalelectro - (6:15) 129 BPM
   
Vybezin - (7:11) 130 BPM
Review: UKF, Garage and bass star Jook 10 continues to impress hugely with his atmospheric yet driving production - as demonstrated perfectly here on these four new tunes on Soulserious. Among the highlights, the merging of deep subs and crisp hats gives "Zante" some real bite, while "Vybezin" is an unadulterated, Roska-esque assault of kicks and congas.
SSR 029
28 May 12
UK Garage
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Earthquake EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Earthquake - (5:53) 130 BPM
   
Angry Wasps - (6:25) 130 BPM
   
Moving Up - (6:27) 129 BPM
   
Riddim Teacha - (6:40) 130 BPM
   
Tribal Lord - (6:12) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rinsa Nova - (5:48) 128 BPM
Review: Sometimes a record's title really does hit the nail on the head and this is certainly one of them. The Earthquake EP contains six cuts of soil-shifting, earth-shaking peak time weapons from Reading's dub house outfit: the title track sets tropical snare rolls to a menacing wobble baseline, "Angry Wasps" keeps the tropical vibe, but boasts an insistent 4/4 house beat and ferocious Wasp synth line. Elsewhere we get displays of funky-house ("Rinsa Nova") and even moombahton ("Riddim Teacha") that's bound to satisfy bass fans of all persuasions.
SSR 035
29 Oct 12
UK Garage
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Suns Out - (6:26) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Peng - (5:46) 128 BPM
   
Scream - (7:24) 129 BPM
   
Minimal Dark - (6:46) 129 BPM
Review: With a breakthrough 2011 garnering radio support from none other than Rinse FM's Marcus Nasty, Jook 10 delivers another set of UKF bangers. With the whipcrack snares on display in "Suns Out", it's clear this producer is a don when it comes to percussion, something also displayed in the distinctly more tribal rhythms of "Peng", a trip into deeper UKF territory. "Scream" lives us to its name, with a banshee-like synth and tortured vocal sample creating a distinct jungle vibe, whilst "Minimal Dark" does its best to give listeners whiplash again with the sheer force of its raw snares.
SSR 027
19 Mar 12
UK Garage
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DarksideEXCLUSIVE
   
Darkside - (6:31) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Build up - (6:25) 129 BPM
   
Ramo - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Oceans - (7:29) 130 BPM
   
Rah - (6:55) 130 BPM
   
Waf - (6:11) 129 BPM
   
SNM (Jook 10 remix) - (5:41) 130 BPM
   
Jookin - (5:24) 129 BPM
   
Darkness - (6:16) 129 BPM
   
4 you - (6:38) 129 BPM
   
Keep It Moving - (5:55) 130 BPM
   
Turbulence - (7:25) 131 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz, PVC, Monki
Review: Reading-based Jook 10 has consistently delivered killer UKG/bassline bangers on Soulserious for a while now, with no long player in sight - until now that is. Darkside boasts 12 tracks and displays a real ability to fuse the funky and tropical with sparse, gritty textures. Highlights include the understated doom groove of the title track, the soundsystem -blowing bass of the wobble- heavy "Rah" and the snarling, rabid "Jookin". Top quality boss!
SSR 046
23 Sep 13
UK Garage
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Trees EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Trees - (7:00) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Platinum - (8:07) 130 BPM
   
Jumpy Jumpy - (6:11) 130 BPM
   
Reverse - (5:13) 129 BPM
Review: Reading's Jook 10 has forged a relentless path through the UKF/bassline scene with a series of perfectly crafted DJ tools and bangers alike. Here are his latest four tunes and they're a mixture of both: the tropically-tinged slammin 4x4 "Trees" is a lean and mean tool as is the drum heavy "Jumpy Jumpy", while the likes of "Platinum" is total hands in the air trancey moombahton.
SSR 039
01 Apr 13
UK Garage
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Feeling Lonely (feat 4fingaz) - (4:11) 130 BPM
   
Bounce - (4:02) 128 BPM
   
Emotions - (4:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aura - (5:38) 128 BPM
   
Olskl Nwskl - (4:20) 128 BPM
   
Crazy (feat 4fingaz) - (4:48) 130 BPM
   
Ibiza - (6:33) 126 BPM
   
Jazzy Funk - (6:45) 128 BPM
   
My House (feat Jay Rusto) - (5:32) 126 BPM
   
So Excited - (5:15) 128 BPM
Review: Reading's finest garage merchants return with the bumper Soulserious History Vol 2 selection. Within you'll find 10 straight up UKG gems featuring solid contributions from 4fingaz and Jay Rusto. Among the tracks on offer you'll find the bum wiggling brilliance of "Bounce", abrasive junkyard stutter of "Aura", rave infused chords of "Ibiza" and heads down bump of "Olski Nwski" - the vocal on the latter is particularly pleasing! However head straight for the almost KDJ style strut of "Jazzy Funk" for the Juno Download pick of the bunch.
SSR 018
25 Apr 11
UK Garage
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Moving On (feat Amy D) - (6:00) 129 BPM
   
Crazy 4 Love - (5:55) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Imagine - (6:02) 127 BPM
   
Pleasure - (6:00) 128 BPM
   
Do Your Thing - (6:05) 126 BPM
SSR 013
03 Jan 11
UK Garage
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Hypa EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Hypa - (6:26) 130 BPM
   
Strike - (4:58) 129 BPM
   
Thoughts - (6:24) 129 BPM
   
Trolls - (5:41) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Reading's Jook 10 has been quiet since rustling up his album Darkside last year. Having heard this new four tracker, he's clearly been broadening his listening habits and finding ways to fuse these new ideas together. Of course at the heart of the "Hypa EP" it's all about the 4 x 4/UKF/wobble vibes, but he also incorporates stark techno on the title track, heavy tropical percussion on "Strike" and creepy synth atmospherics on EP highlight, the menacing "Trolls".
SSR 051
31 Mar 14
UK Garage
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Niteryda - (4:45) 129 BPM
   
Congo Bass - (4:38) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do It Right - (4:07) 129 BPM
SSR 015
16 Aug 10
UK Garage
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Zylofunk - (4:50) 129 BPM
   
Funky Monkey - (5:53) 128 BPM
   
Save It - (5:15) 129 BPM
   
New Start - (6:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jazyjef - (5:42) 128 BPM
SSR 009
15 Nov 10
UK Garage
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Devotion - (6:01) 128 BPM
   
Megatron - (6:12) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Midnight - (6:18) 129 BPM
   
Get Up - (6:34) 128 BPM
   
Thunder - (6:01) 128 BPM
SSR 010
07 Mar 11
UK Garage
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Take Off - (7:01) 128 BPM
   
Dark Sirens - (6:30) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
House 92 - (4:15) 128 BPM
   
Sunshine - (4:46) 128 BPM
   
Samba - (4:06) 125 BPM
SSR 003
20 Oct 10
UK Garage
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Invasion EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Invasion - (6:12) 130 BPM
   
Daka - (5:46) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Growler - (5:47) 128 BPM
   
Get Low - (6:01) 129 BPM
Review: Yet another quality EP from Reading's speaker-busting UKF dons, Jook 10. Just getting better and better with every release, this latest EP is simply essential for fans of frenetic, grimey bass 'n' beats. Opener "Invasion" breaks out some extreme top-end phasing along with a subtle but deliciously twisted organ stab, while "Growler" comes in with some hardcore filter bass and J10's trademark kaleidoscopic and organic-sounding drum kits. "Daka" and "Get Low" are the standouts for us though - both stripped back percussion tracks with the barest of melodies shining through the mix.
SSR 016
28 Mar 11
UK Garage
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Don't Av It - (7:14) 129 BPM
   
Feelings - (6:45) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Contraversial - (5:41) 129 BPM
   
Fuse - (6:53) 65 BPM
   
Intense - (7:08) 65 BPM
   
How Come - (4:42) 129 BPM
   
Manderlin - (5:11) 65 BPM
   
Naughty - (6:31) 129 BPM
   
Tekkers - (7:18) 129 BPM
   
Tidal - (6:31) 129 BPM
Review: Reading's Jook 10 is getting better at this album thing - it took ages for his debut album Darkside to arrive, and now the follow up, Contraversial, is here just one year later. Skill-wise, his spelling may be controversial, but certainly not his production techniques and here we get 10 impressive examples of them. Highlights include the tropical-keyboard-falling-down-the-stairs eccentricity of "How Come", the apocalyptic voodoo garage of "Feelings" and the slammin' speed garage bounce of "Fuse".
SSR 056
13 Oct 14
Bass
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Dawn LpEXCLUSIVE
   
Deep - (8:28) 129 BPM
   
Eve - (6:40) 129 BPM
   
Dawn - (8:07) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Give Me Your Hand - (5:10) 129 BPM
   
Hard Wynd - (6:12) 130 BPM
   
Surge - (5:28) 129 BPM
   
Twisted - (6:48) 129 BPM
   
Mash - (5:26) 129 BPM
   
Never Knew - (6:24) 130 BPM
   
Don't Go - (5:10) 129 BPM
SSR 059
09 Mar 15
UK Garage
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Biggy EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Biggy - (6:09) 129 BPM
   
Cash In - (6:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Independance Day - (6:54) 130 BPM
   
Stash - (5:54) 130 BPM
SSR 020
06 Jun 11
UK Garage
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Certified EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Certified - (4:55) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Landing - (7:43) 129 BPM
   
The Underground - (6:24) 129 BPM
   
Funky Comeback - (6:53) 130 BPM
Review: Reading's Jook 10 is back after his Dawn LP, and the heat's not about to be let up yet. There's four new sizzlers here - the ragga MC on a boomy bass accelerator vibes of "Certified", the space invaders bass zaps of "Landing", the antagonised 4x4 wobbler "The Underground" and doomy tropical closer "Funky Comeback".
SSR 061
29 Jun 15
UK Garage
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Funkin U EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Funkin U (feat 4fingaz) - (4:53) 125 BPM
   
Euphorica - (6:42) 129 BPM
   
Jive - (8:51) 130 BPM
   
Horny - (7:15) 130 BPM
   
Found A Love - (5:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
SSR 044
12 Aug 13
UK Garage
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Jump Up EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Jump Up - (7:24) 129 BPM
   
Ghost Hunter - (6:56) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Royalty - (7:59) 129 BPM
   
Funky Junky - (6:39) 129 BPM
   
Clapin Track - (6:48) 130 BPM
   
Skanka - (5:24) 130 BPM
Review: There's something really rustic about Jook 10's material. Gritty and basic but gosh-darned funky, it's like early Chicago house getting married to late 90s 4/4 dark garage at a civil ceremony hosted by Reverend UK funky. There's seldom more than four core elements in each of these jams, making them irresistible DJ tools, and just great heads down club fodder. Of the six on offer, the highlights include the mournful minor keys, nagging percussion and warped synths of "Skanka" and the chirpy Q&A of light/dark bassline on "Funky Junky".
SSR 032
06 Aug 12
UK Garage
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Hats Off EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Hats Off - (5:25) 129 BPM
   
Late - (6:09) 130 BPM
   
On Track - (5:12) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tragic - (5:54) 130 BPM
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").
SSR 037
07 Jan 13
UK Garage
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Just A Game EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Just A Game - (8:11) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feel So High (Louie John mix) - (10:07) 128 BPM
   
Nothing You Say - (8:00) 127 BPM
   
Shy To Love - (7:24) 122 BPM
   
I Owe You - (8:45) 126 BPM
Review: Louie John is a man caught in a torrid love triangle between New York and Reading. The former is where his heart is, preferable at the Limelight in the mid-'90s, the latter is where his home is, where his label Soulserious is based. Deep and soulful house is the general order of the day here, but particular standouts include the stab laden proggy diva anthem "Just A Game", The Gypsy Woman indebted organ house roller "Nothing You Say" and the 808-led grooves of "I Owe You". A more mature return from one classy producer.


SSR 067
11 Apr 16
Funky/Club House
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I Owe You - (8:45) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fabrique - (8:15) 124 BPM
   
Charmer - (8:03) 125 BPM
   
Long Time - (8:24) 126 BPM
Review: Following two years away, Soulserious founder Louie John returned to action in the summer with an EP that demonstrated his growing maturity as a producer. The "I Owe You EP" is similarly impressive with John unleashing four more cuts of the highest quality. Our pick of a very strong bunch is the title track, where the Reading producer cannily combines the bluesy, horizontal deep house warmth of "Boulevard"-era St Germain with the rhythm swing, sub-bass weight and cut-up vocal samples of UK garage. He explores similar sonic territory on the more musically expansive and dreamy "Fabrique", before doffing a peaked cap towards the bouncy, ear-pleasing goodness of Ibadan man Jerome Sydenham on closing cuts "Charmer" and "Long Time" (the latter of which is particularly breezy and melodious).
SSR 076
15 Oct 18
Deep House
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Just Feel EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Just Feel - (5:28) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Have You No More - (7:12) 126 BPM
   
White Label - (7:01) 130 BPM
   
No Escape - (7:52) 122 BPM
   
Corrections - (7:44) 125 BPM
Review: So it would appear that Soulserious have unearthed somewhat of a gem of a project here as they invite in Louie John across five newly design UKG rollers, the title track of which takes the name 'Just Feel', packing a groovy punch, laced with catchy vocal slaps. The super spacey tones of 'Have You No More' arrive on the scene next, followed by the high energy percussive convulsions of 'White Label' and more minimal drum arrangements of 'No Escape' a well thought out piece of original UKG material. We finish up with the super clean drum switches of 'Corrections', giving us a super colourful final lap to round everything off.
SSR 085
07 Oct 19
UK Garage
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Sweet Days - (6:53) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bugs - (6:24) 130 BPM
   
Want U Back - (7:58) 130 BPM
   
Times Tight Moneys Right - (6:08) 126 BPM
   
Sessions - (7:09) 130 BPM
   
Wimpy - (6:59) 130 BPM
Review: From one of the most reliable labels out there for smart, sprightly UKF and jacking bass, Soulserious drops an extensive six track EP from Louie John. Sweet Days runs the gamut of modern styles, from the bounce of "Want U Back" through to the hazy Rhodes soul of "Sessions". Check it.
SSR 030
11 Jun 12
UK Garage
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Broken Promise - (5:50) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
To Be Seen - (7:55) 129 BPM
   
Limits - (6:57) 130 BPM
   
Deep Thoughts - (7:02) 130 BPM
Review: Louie John isn't particularly well known yet, but he's starting to pick up a few plaudits for his varied EPs on Soulservice. The Broken Promise EP features more mixed-up takes on house and garage. The lead cut goes deep, delivering a loose-limbed fusion of broken drums, jazzy keys and tech-house FX. "To Be Seen", on the other hand, offers a contemporary take on the classic late '80s Inner City sound. "Limit" bases the action around a squidgy electrofunk bassline and some big room stabs, while "Deep thoughts" swings between deep house sassiness and acid house revivalisn.
SSR 036
10 Dec 12
Deep House
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Siesta EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Siesta - (7:17) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Run Away Or Stay - (7:04) 128 BPM
   
Chopa - (6:25) 122 BPM
   
Comes Easy - (7:10) 126 BPM
SSR 083
05 Jul 19
Deep House
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Seventyfive EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Silvs Find - (8:19) 125 BPM
   
Seventyfive - (6:57) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Passport - (7:20) 123 BPM
   
Expo - (8:19) 122 BPM
   
Take Me Back - (9:32) 124 BPM
SSR 074
24 Aug 18
Deep House
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Cherry Menthol - (6:21) 122 BPM
   
Jays Bar - (7:56) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Essentials - (6:43) 126 BPM
   
Push - (6:25) 122 BPM
Review: Following his return to action in the autumn following a two-year break, Louie John has been on something of a roll. This is his third EP since and offers up four more chunks of warm, club-ready retro-futurism inspired by the halcyon days of New York house and garage. The Reading-based producer hits the ground running with EP opener "Cherry Menthol", where jammed-out organ stabs ride a smooth and seductive late night deep house groove, before upping the tempo on the sub-heavy, warehouse-ready stomp of "Jays Bar". "Essentials" sees him successfully doff a cap to the early works of four-to-the-floor garage legend Todd Edwards, while "Push" is a classic slab of peak-time New York deep house that sounds like it could have been recorded sometime in the early 2000s.
SSR 080
22 Mar 19
Deep House
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Shall Try EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Don?t Know Why - (7:09) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Shall Try - (7:28) 122 BPM
   
Key Too Nile - (7:32) 120 BPM
   
Maybe - (7:03) 127 BPM
Review: Soulserious founder Louie John has delivered a couple of killer EPs since returning to action last summer following a two-year break. Happily, we can confirm that "Shall Try", his first missive of 2019, is also rather good. He begins with something rather atmospheric; a vintage UK garage-influenced chunk of deep house deliciousness rich in heavy sub bass and woozy riffs entitled "Don't Know Why". There's a slightly warmer and busier feel to the San Francisco style late night deep house flex of "Shall Try", while "Key Too Nile" [sic] sounds like something you might hear on hot UK deep house imprint Shall Not Fade. Closing cut "Maybe", meanwhile, is a brilliantly boisterous, sub-heavy smasher primed and ready for peak-time plays.
SSR 078
25 Jan 19
Deep House
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Throwback EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Love Is What We Need - (5:32) 123 BPM
   
Set Ya Free - (4:55) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Party Music - (5:39) 125 BPM
Review: Is Smokey Bubblin that thing where you exhale a joint in water? Who knows how Mr Bubblin B got his name, but we do know he makes some seriously slammin' garagey house. "Love Is What We Need" is pulsating and urgent feelgood music with a gospel bent. "Set Ya Free" is classic retro diva house from the clubs of early '90s New York, and despite the title, "Party Music" actually ends things on a deep note, resulting in the EP's standout track.
SSR 042
08 Jul 13
UK Garage
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