Review: Reading's Soulserious are back with their second offering for 2020, following up Sunday Roast's killer Peace Of Mine EP back in January. Now it's time for mysterious newcomer Assado, who brings you a varied selection of moods and grooves inspired by UK bass and beyond on the Horizon EP. Taking you deep into the exotic on the mesmerising and sensual tech house of "Message", while equally and atmospheric and hypnotic is the low-end driven, afro influenced progressive house of "Hold You" and "Diesel" respectively. The latter's intoxicating use of melody and enchanting vocal loops, over a tightly programmed groove, make this for truly compelling listening.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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".
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: 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 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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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".
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: 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.
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: 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).
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: 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.
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.