• Various Artists Bangs & Works, Vol. 1: A Chicago Footwork Compilation

    - Bangs & Works Vol.1

    Reviewed by Andrew Gaerig Source: (Pitchfork)

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    Let's be clear: footwork, or footwurk, or footwerk is not blowing up. Not like dubstep or electroclash or hyphy blew up. Footwork is really more of a lit fuse at this point, and one of those painfully slow, Wile E. Coyote-style fuses at that. Roughly, footwork pits sharp, repetitive samples of soul, hip-hop, and reggae against limping, junkyard-dog 808s. It is music composed, at least theoretically, to encourage a specific kind of dancing, but the strangeness of the
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  • Various Artists Bangs & Works Vol. 1 (A Chicago Footwork Compilation) Review

    - Bangs & Works Vol.1

    Reviewed by David Stubbs Source: (BBC Music)

    <b> </b> - Bangs & Works Vol.1

    Arising from mutant, Chicago-based house scenes from the mid-90s known variously as ghetto house and juke, the current footwork scene is a new, competitive strain of dance set around the 160bpm mark and involving some staggeringly fleet dance moves, shown off in gyms, abandoned warehouses and so forth. Bangs & Works Vol. 1 is a compilation of cuts by the DJs who provide the soundtrack for these moves, including DJ Nate and DJ Roc.
    Typically, footwork is a collage
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  • SOLAR BEARS She Was Coloured In 10/10 review

    Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In

    Reviewed by THEYDON BOIS Source: (Vice Magazine)

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

    A reclusive duo from some Celtic rural idyll with straw in their sampler who concoct ragged, blissed-out disco jams and curdled sci-fi funk? Yep, Solar Bears have probably heard one or two Boards of Canada records in the past, but their enchanting take on sepia-synthed nostalgia means there’s more to this Irish pair than a broken Bagpuss VHS and their uncle’s Vangelis compilation. Heavily atmospheric and sounding like it was made in a garden shed in 1976, She Was
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  • DJ Rashad: Itz Not Rite EP

    DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite

    Reviewed by Colin McKean Source: (Fact Magazine)

    <b> DJ Rashad </b> - Itz Not Rite

    Ever feel a bit numbed by Web 2.0? Musically I mean – I’m not talking about pornography or anything. You can spend all day listening to pretty much whatever you like; being exposed to esoteric styles and subgenres from all over the world you probably never knew existed. Kuduro, gamelan, hauntological, hypnagogic – it even expands your vocabulary. I feel glutted.

    In no way would I argue this is a bad thing, it makes albums like Flylo’s sprawling
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