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Message - (8:07) 128 BPM
Horizon - (7:21) 124 BPM
Hold You - (7:00) 128 BPM
Diesel - (8:19) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
SSR 087
07 Feb 20
Minimal/Tech House
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 - (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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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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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 - (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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - (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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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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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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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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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
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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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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 - (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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Sweet Days epEXCLUSIVE
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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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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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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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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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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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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