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DJ Roc

One Blood

DJ Roc

One Blood

Exhilarating Footwork edit of the Junior Reid classic. Just deadly!

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DJ Slugo

Juke Me From The Back Low

DJ Slugo

Juke Me From The Back Low

Going in hard and low on a proper Juke mission.

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Andrea

Retail Juke

Andrea

Retail Juke

From Southside to Stretford, the meme mutates in deadly style.

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DJ SPINN & DJ RASHAD

She Off A Yap

DJ SPINN & DJ RASHAD

She Off A Yap

Ass-pushing subs and typewriter drums for the quicksteppers.

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DJ Rashad

Madnezz 2010

DJ Rashad

Madnezz 2010

Nutty, hi-velocity bleep banger. Minimal and menacing.

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DJ Elmoe

Yo Shit Fucked Up

DJ Elmoe

Yo Shit Fucked Up

Super eerie, quasi-speed sample and subbass construction. F****ck!!!

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DJ Slugo

Slugmere (Original)

DJ Slugo

Slugmere (Original)

BANG! An authentic Ghetto House killah from one of the foremost architects of Juke music.

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DJ Nate

3 Peat

DJ Nate

3 Peat

Insanely compelling edit exercise from the young blood hood star.

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DJ Slugo & Reese G

Get You Sprung

DJ Slugo & Reese G

Get You Sprung

Salacious club banger. One for the ladies...

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DJ DEEON

Dik N Ballz

DJ DEEON

Dik N Ballz

Dutty Juke prototype from 1995, "for the strippers, for the street".

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Brenmar

At It Again (DJ Rashad & DJ Earl & DJ BMT Remix)

Brenmar

At It Again (DJ Rashad & DJ Earl & DJ BMT Remix)

New skool footwork superstars on a fierce edit tip.

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Traxman

WTF?

Traxman

WTF?

Weird-as-hell new skool footwork, strangely reminding of Jamal Moss!

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IKONIKA

Ikonoklast (JOH Remix)

IKONIKA

Ikonoklast (JOH Remix)

A curious confection from the mysterious JOH, flipping Ikonika Chi-Town styles.

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RP Boo

Eraser

RP Boo

Eraser

Breathtaking darkside arrangement. Sounds like nothing else out there.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks of Juke & Footwork: Enter the circle”

Like East London's much debated 'ardcore continuum, Chicago has an evolutionary lineage of dance music stretching waaaaay back from Blues and Jazz, through to Disco, House, Juke and Footwork. Most House heads have been long aware of the Booty or Ghetto sound of DJs Funk and Deeon since the '90s, but it's only in the last few years that the sound has gone hyperkinetic in the hybrids of young producers like DJ Nate, Rashad, Spinn and Roc, diffracting the linear energy of Chi-House into unstable, super-syncopated dancefloor essentials. These 14 tracks step from the classic prototypes of Dance Mania's DJ Slugo and Deeon to the forceful futurism of Rashad and Spinn, via Roc's controlled rave explosions and DJ Nate's inimitable arrangements onto anomalous heavyweights like RP Boo's 'Eraser' and Elmoe's 'Yo Shit F*cked Up' from the definitive 'Bangs & Works Vol.1' LP on Planet Mu. In rhizomatous fashion it's also possible to trace new offshoots in the mimetic assimilations of JOH's 'Ikonoklast' remix and Andrea's 'Retail Juke', perpetuating the machine motions of Chicago for a new generation.

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On 14 Jan 10:54 Tim Deckgeneral said:

“UK Footwork Takes off”

Tracks like Addison Groove - Footcrab have helped our scene immensley in the UK, We are just starting to integrate the sound into uk sets, mainly post dubstep people are picking up on the footwork sound and bringing it to a wider UK clubbing audience to massive effect.

I DJ and run a footwork label "Fresh Mess Recordings" in the UK, and am finding similarities to when I helped pioneer original Chicago House in the UK way back in 1987 with a Series of Jack Trax Compilations, I worked in A&R at the time and Along with Pete Tongs FFRR compilation, The House Sound of Chicago, we busted it open across a largely Hip Hop / Rare Groove UK Soundscape and House then became Massive in 1988.

The same cycle is about to happen again, a recession, Kids fed up with Tech House and watered down R&B, The dubstep scene is very receptive to post dubstep sounds such as Girl Unit and Instra:Mental and the urban underground pirate radio stations are gradually pulling in this Chicago sound, and as we all know 160bpm music works in the UK, because we have had Jungle and Drum and Bass scenes in the UK, so clubbers are not adverse to fast music...

This music has lit the touch paper... watch the BOOM in 2011 and 2012

On 16 Jan 02:18 Steady J said:
http://house-mixes.com/profile/SteadyJ

“most exciting 14tracks since Funky Refractions”

Yes, this is a must-buy. Add this to the Juke sampler that Bleep put together a few months ago. Really excited about this stuff. It's not all great to my ears, but that's good - a healthy scene needs variety and there's surprising breadth in this niche already. Tim Deckgeneral's assessment might be slightly over-egged, but then again maybe not, he's right, many people thought house was a flash-in-the pan in 86/87, and look where we are now. Big respect to Tim for his involvement in the Jack Trax comps. Stuck in UK provincial towns and on a teenager's disposable income, compilations like those were almost my sole access to the nascent sounds of Chicago House and Detroit Techno. How things come full circle. As a family man with a lot of outgoings and locked into a poor career path by a fascistic employer, I rely on the likes of 14tracks to get an ear into great music without spending too much money while avoiding breaking the law.

On 30 Mar 13:49 Dave Quam said:
http://davequam.wordpress.com

“Photos”

Hey,

While they look pretty good rotoscoped, I really would have appreciated some heads-up on the use of my photos for this. Not gonna turn this into a big deal, but please, next time ask me first, thanks.

Dave Quam