Various Artists Bangs & Works, Vol. 1: A Chicago Footwork Compilation
Reviewed by Andrew Gaerig Source: (Pitchfork)
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
Various Artists Bangs & Works Vol. 1 (A Chicago Footwork Compilation) Review
Reviewed by David Stubbs Source: (BBC Music)
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
SOLAR BEARS She Was Coloured In 10/10 review
Reviewed by THEYDON BOIS Source: (Vice Magazine)
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
DJ Rashad: Itz Not Rite EP
Reviewed by Colin McKean Source: (Fact Magazine)
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
- DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
- Machinedrum - Room(s)
- Pritch & Trim - Stereotype
- Tropics - Parodia Flare
- Anti-G - Presents 'Kentje'sz Beatsz'
- Various - Ghettoteknitianz E.P.
- Kuedo - Severant
- Chrissy Murderbot - Women's Studies
- Boxcutter - The Dissolve
- NastyNasty - No Names
- FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain
- Chrissy Murderbot - Bussin Down
- Boxcutter - Allele
- Various - Bangs & Works Vol.1
- DJ Roc - The Crack Capone
- Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In
- Various - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu
- DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP
- DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
- Numan - Race Against Time
- Ital Tek - Midnight Colour
- DJ Nate - Da Trak Genious
- Tropics - Soft Vision E.P.
- Mrs Jynx - Shark Carousel