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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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".
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.
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".
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!
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.
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review: Consistently killing it on SoulSerious, Sunday Roast is a UKF producer who leans towards the dubby, dark side of things and always delivers seriously essential tunes. This exclusive-to-Juno EP leads with the title tune "SNM", a murky mix of echoey tropical percussion and slow-envelope bass hits that has all of Roska's subtleties, production-wise. "14 Months" is just as intense, with some excellent bass glides and a nicely-handled build, while "Occurring" flips up styles for a bright, vocal-dropping heater with claps and snares balancing out a creepy, groaning bassline. "Conga Matic" is the one the DJ's will love though, a driving mix of rim-hits, off-kilter distortion snares, and yes, congas as well.
Review: Consistently killing it with a host of brilliant releases for SoulSerious, UKF producer Sunday Roast once again leans on the dubby, darkside of things with this exclusive new EP. Lead tune "Night Garden" is a masterpiece of understated and intense funk, with moody string pads and a minimal percussion breakdown present and correct for a truly spooked slice of funky. "Reel Free" keeps the vibe equally intense, while the slower "Riddim C Togo" makes great use of thick, distorted kicks. Heavy yet incredibly smart stuff as always from SR.
Review: Reading's Sunday Roast is back after a short break with this five-track menu of varying dishes. Along the journey we get choppy, vocal-led doom-garage on "Foresaken", snarling wobble on "Artificial", the Missy Elliot-sampling "Lock In", deep techy house on "Networks" and even quirky garage-funk on "Effected".
Review: Our kid Roasty's got history with SoulSerious; pretty much every release has cried for attention and this is no exception. The title track pilfers a cheeky Groove Armada snippet that weaves and bobs amid an uncompromising four/four and some moombahton flavoured bleeps. Meanwhile "Alien Recon" takes a great, chant-like vocal and applies it to a really stark, tribal drum pattern and some evil alien stabs. "Venom" takes us past the point of no return with heavy old school hardcore synths and bruiseworthy bashy beat. And that's just half the EP; elsewhere you'll find savage bass blending with deep, twirling synths ("Yellow Box"), gritty sub-fuelled acid house ("Wanna Go Higher") and euphoric, bleepy, synth-driven house ("Blindmedia").
Review: A consistently hot UKF producer who has killed it many times on SoulSerious, Sunday Roast drops a set of VIP rerubs on this latest fiery EP. "SNM" gets a murky makeover thanks to some swampy bass and heavy sirens, while "Occurring" is given a lean, percussion-driven feel complete with killer crystalline pads. "Dubdub" is a tropical beauty with detuned snares and kicks making for a bassy moodscape, plus there's a jacking and upfront Louie Johns mix of "Reel Free" included too.
Review: Looks like Reading is rapidly becoming UKF HQ thanks to DJ Sunday Roast and his all-conquering Soulserious label. Following on from killer releases by labelmates Jook 10 and Louie John, the head-honcho himself has now stepped up to deliver a 12 track-long player. As the title suggests, it doesn't pull any punches: beginning in a zombie moobathon style ('Fracture", "Zamber"), things quickly get deeper more evil sounding in the best possible way. "Icd" is a remarkable blend of shuffling drum loops and distorted techno basslines, "Radiation" boasts bass squelches like the devil's belches, while the hauntingly epic "Distant Acid" is probably the standout track here (among stiff competition).
Review: Having been quiet for months, Reading's bass meister Sunday Roast is back with the meaty full-length long player, Undiluted Underground Vol 2. He's still on fire too with the heat not letting up for even one of the 12 jams included here. Highlights include the delirious and spacey tropical banger, "No Trace", the sinister and raw growler "Shadows" and the machine gun snares and stabby synth showdown of "Ladders". Good to hear the heat's still on!
Review: Following on from a super popular drop early this year, we see Sunday Roast here touch down on Soulserious for three tracks of housey goodness, kicking off with the super creative sounds of the title track 'Jugular'. This one boasts an array of interesting synth designs, coupled with some super crunchy percussive expressions and grinding horn tones to match. We are then gifted the super creative 'Wasps', a super colourful piece of 4x4 production, again packed with tribalistic perc themes and stunning low end processing. We look at the minimal skippy flavours of 'Like Rain' next, which works fantastically as the third part of the project.
Review: Sunday Roast is back on the menu, and this time he's serving up five courses of pure UK Bass nastiness (in a good way). Highlights this time round include the primal thump of "Don't You", the sinister, white noise fizz-attack, "Horse Power" and the speedy dark shuffler "Radiowho". A real return to form.
Review: Soulserious label boss DJ Sunday Roast is always guaranteed to deliver a bumper-packed slap-up feast of a single each time round, complete with all the trimmings. This, his latest release, doesn't stray from this approach as we get a whopping six tracks to relish. The intensity of recent releases hasn't mellowed as shown in highlights like the thumping tribal stomp of "Take Two", the ferocious carnival wobble of "Tempo" and the intoxicating electro-voodoo beat of "Mind Set".
Review: Earlier this year Sunday Roast smashed it with the action-packed Space Walk EP. Well, you can't keep a good man down, and now he's back with another six tracks of forward-looking UKG. It's a harder sound than last time, but highlights include the carnival doom-beat of the title track "Intuition", the peak time psychosis of "XTC" and the propulsive yet dreamy bassline house of "Optical".
Review: Bringing in an airy, dreamy and very addictive vibe on their latest single for Soul Serious, Sunday Roast kill it on "Lo-Fi Box" from this new EP, with a future-funky slant to the gorgeous percussion and bass hits. "Circles" is a more militant tech-stepper, while "Pinsentry" keeps the intensity going with some seriously distorted bass and a straight-line groove. "Dual Core" is another real highlight, as is the conga-fest "Behind Lines", and comes with our highest recommendation.
Review: We love a good Sunday Roast, especially in a dark basement in the early hours of a Sunday morning! This latest release from the Reading bass fiend features five sizzling tracks that come with musical spuds n gravy. "Power" is a sultry skippy houser with that obvious, but genius vocal sample, "Temptations Take Me" is all sparse, bassy breaks and heavy breathing, "Squirtel" is even more minimal, bordering of deep tech (turned slinky UKF by Louie John) and "Sky" winds things up on a soulful techno tip. Bravo!
Review: Shoutouts to the Reading massive, with Soulserious head honcho DJ Sunday Roast back in the house for some seriously bonkers UKF thrills. Technically a mini-album, this eight-tracker provides enough pills, thrills and bellyaches to keep even the hardest partiers going. Highlights include the spacey "Space Walk, the moody "Wireless Soul" and the tropical horror soundtrack vibes of "Won't Change".
Review: A producer we can count on for blinding UKF/bass treats, SoulSerious' Sunday Roast returns with six new fiery and mean dubby bangers on this new EP. The glistening intro of "Now We Can See" soon gives way to a murky, sub-pushing bass beat with some minimal, off-kilter rim hits that give it an even more eerie feel, while another favourite, "Roll On" is a straight up UK funky belter with Roska-esque claps hooking you in from the off. Rounded off by the beautifully hectic swirl of "Twisted 1", this EP is tropical heat of the highest order.
Review: Sunday Roast - one of Reading's most prolific tech-house producers - comes through on his home label Soulserious with a new four-tracker to reign in the new year! The title track "Park Up" is a bass-heavy 4/4 mutant complete with seductive vocals and a swinging set of percussion. This one's for the Saturday night crew and all of the cuts are sure to rock just about any dancefloor from here to Scotland. Oh, and be sure to check out "Climatize" for some serious low-end meditation - bassline!