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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: For this latest offering from Sunday Roast, we blessed with some warm flavours indeed as he rolls out his 'Sweetness' EP alongside the team at SoulSerious. From start to finish, this one is packed with vibrant dancefloor energy, kicking off with metalic bass twists ard rising arcs of the title track itself, which is followed by the more lofi drum stutters and grizzly sub layers of 'Change'. From here we move smoothly into 'Air Force' which provides floaty textures decending into percussion driven madness, before the jazzy chord progressions and sweeping sub textures of 'YTT' wash into view. The rhythms are increased tenfold next as 'Kangoo' hops to the forefront before we finish up on 'Twist Soul', a techy roller perfect for rounding up this impressive body of work.
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: 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: The enigmatic sounds of Sunday Roast return to Soulserious for another sumptuous selection as the 'Tecky Eks' EP is unveiled. We begin with experimental techy vibes of 'Arise', followed by the more scattered rhythms of the title track 'Tecky Eks'. Next up, more tech inspired funky goodness in 'All Temper' before we land on 'Ritual' which takes the classic 'Renegade Master' sample and funks it out with vibrant percussive flows and growling subs. Finally we finish up with cowbell grooves and precisely layered synthesis of 'Yomes', bringing a smooth landing to a great project!
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: 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: Soul Serious have pulled out a top notch project here as they put together Sunday Roast and Dub Solution for a heavyweight five track collection by the name of 'Dark Hour'. The title track itself is a house inspired roller, filled to the brim with pulsating sub pressure and subtle reesey stabs. Following this the percussive rhythms of 'Apple Jade' and the garage inspired drum designs of 'Hold Me' before landing on the heavyweight Moog leads and rounded drum works of 'Body'. The EP then finishes up in style with the techy textures and overwhelming sub positions of 'The Utiltys', a minimalized roller that packs a serious punch.
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: 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: 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!
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Reading's bass champ Sunday Roast has loaded up with five dancefloor straddling beasts here on the Barbarian EP. Never one to take prisoners, he's not about to start now. Highlights include opener "Core', a fire breathing bass dragon of a thing with cowbells and bounce in all the right places, "Freak" is a 4 x 4 peak time jam that goes heavy on the 808s claps but it's the sizzling bass throbs and housey pianos riffs of "Day Pitch" that really wins this battle.