• Various Artists: Bangs & Works Vol. 1

    - Bangs & Works Vol.1

    Reviewed by Tom Lea Source: (Fact Magazine)

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    Structurally, juke in 2011 and grime in 2005 might not have a huge amount in common, but both represent musical forms with a localised underground following having their most recognised years to date. In grime’s case, this period of surfacing was marked by Run the Road, a perfectly timed compilation that introduced curious parties in the UK and beyond to the likes of Terror Danjah, D Double E and Crazy Titch, along with others – remember Ronnie
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  • Various Artists - Bangs & Works Vol. 1 (A Chicago Footwork Compilation)

    - Bangs & Works Vol.1

    Reviewed by Jeremy Bye Source: (The Silent Ballet)

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    Around the time of Warp's first Artificial Intelligence album and the evolution of ambient techno, people woke up to the possibility of enjoying dance music in the comfort of their homes. This wasn't a new idea - earlier generations had coped with this conundrum and had squared the notion of listening to the swing bands in the dancehall and the kitchen - but for the time it was something of a breakthrough. Dance music had become too hard edged, too
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  • DJ Roc – The Crack Capone

    DJ Roc - The Crack Capone

    Reviewed by Chris Downton Source: (Cyclic Defrost)

    <b> DJ Roc </b> - The Crack Capone

    Alongside DJ Nate, DJ Roc (real name Clarence Johnson) is easily one of the most high profile and respected figures to emerge from Chicago’s footwork / juke scene, first playing his own footwork tracks and re-edits at local parties around 2004, before going on to spend the last few years releasing his now legendary in the scene ‘Juke City’ mix CDs alongside his Bosses Of The Circle crew. In many senses this debut album ‘The Crack Capone’
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  • Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In

    Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In

    Reviewed by Bowlegs Source: (Bowlegs)

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

    Irish duo Solar Bears created quite a buzz with their debut EP – Inner Sunshine – last year. Now they have followed it up with an impressively appealing synth-based debut album.

    Opening track ‘Forest of Fountains’ begins with a Jack Nicolson voiced sample from the 1975 existential art-house movie, ‘The Passenger’, which is an early indicator of the vibe Solar Bears are going for here. The influence of cinema pervades all, not least
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