• DJ Spinn – Man I Do It EP

    DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP

    Reviewed by Leisure Source: (Leisure)

    <b> DJ Spinn </b> - Man I Do It EP

    South Chicago’s DJ Spinn is widely regarded as one of the originators of the footwork sound. Beginning as a dancer with the House-O-Matics crew he moved into production and has since become a mainstay in the Chicago underground electronic scene. Man I Do It is a joint release, being put out on Planet Mu, who have been no strangers to this sound as of late, as well as on a new Chicago imprint Loose Squares — a label run by Chrissy Murderbot that will focus on
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  • Various Artists – 14 Tracks From Planet Mu

    Various - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu

    Reviewed by Juliun Source: (Little Detroit)

    <b> Various </b> - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu

    Wallet-friendly round-up from the institution that is Mike Paradinas’s Planet Mu label. Proceedings get underway in some style courtesy of Oriol and his densely-layered two-step/jazz fusion cut ‘Solar’. Dubious? Even a cursory listen should prove it’s not only an accurate description, but the track is gorgeous.

    It’s hard to imagine there are many albums out there during the course of which the lambent, slow-paced melancholia of Solar Bears could be
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  • DJ Spinn Man I Do It EP

    DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP

    Reviewed by Claude T. Hill Source: (Playground magazine)

    <b> DJ Spinn </b> - Man I Do It EP

    Before there was talk of juke and the latest Chicago ghetto scene became an exaggerated hype, DJ Spinn was already making tracks and playing them at the dance battles. He might well be the godfather of footwork, although he won’t want to receive any medals for it. And when juke stops being fashionable and blogs and magazines stop talking about it, DJ Spinn will most likely still be making tunes and offering them to his DJ friends so they can play them and people
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  • Solar Bears She Was Coloured In [

    Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In

    Reviewed by Zach Kelly Source: (Pitchfork)

    <b> Solar Bears </b> - She Was Coloured In

    Ireland's Solar Bears are clearly into sci-fi. Their name is a nod to Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's classic 1972 film, Solaris, about a psychologist who is haunted by what he perceives to be his dead wife aboard a space station. And while it's easy to call up images of oceanic planets while listening to the duo's debut LP, She Was Coloured In, conjuring the emotionally complex and ruminative themes at work in a film like Solaris is much more difficult. Solar
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