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: 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: 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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: 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".