• BANGS & WORKS VOL. 1

    - Bangs & Works Vol.1

    Reviewed by Uknown Source: (Dummy Magazine)

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    What’s the story?

    Planet Mu compile the best of footwork. The Chicago dance sound was a mostly localized phenomenon, evolving out of ghetto house. Over the past year, with the aid of labels like Planet Mu releasing the music of DJ Rashad, DJ Nate and DJ Roc to a wider audience, this off-the-wall strain of club music has spread its scattered 808s, fast moving, cut ‘n’ paste reach, far wider, with numerous tracks, most famously Addison Groove’s Footcrab,
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  • 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 Redz? – who
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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 fast and
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  • 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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