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Sep4

“Rashad’s Death Has Brought Everyone Together”: A Rare Interview With Mike Paradinas

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CHICAGO FOOTWORK

When Paradinas put out Bangs & Works Vol 1 in 2010, it sent shock waves through dance music. Planet Mu’s landmark compilation introduced the world to a strange new sound coming out of South and West Chicago which, for all intents and purposes, blew minds. That sound was footwork, a descendent of ghettohouse which, as it transpired, had been around for years but had remained largely unknown outside of Chicago. Unknown, that is, until Mike Paradinas sorted through a few thousand tracks and selected his favourite 24 for Bangs & Works. Evolving out of 4/4 juke, footwork producers added manic syncopation and blitzkrieg sample-craft in a bid to create a music reflective of the increasingly intricate, trick-laden and aggressive dance moves displayed at juke battles.

The outcome was avant, abstract and, for the virgin listener, difficult to comprehend. Just for a moment it was as though the future was back, just when we were beginning to think that the “shock of the new” in dance music was a thing of the past.

Five years later, footwork continues to impact the British scene, but it’s no longer a darling of dance music journalism. As the Chicago scene faces trying times following the untimely death of DJ Rashad, one of footwork’s founding fathers, we talk to the man who brought the genre to Britain to find out where the future lies for the Windy City’s very most mind-bending dance invention.

Thump: Have you come across a footwork mini-scene of sorts, or even footwork nights and regular battles, either in London or farther afield in Britain?
Mike Paradinas: Well there’s that Dalston label, We Buy Gold. I DJ’d at one of their nights a while back.

Full interview at Thump

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Sep4

Serge – @ BackToTheAcidPlanet (Clone Label Night – TrouwAmsterdam – 15-5-2014)

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Before there was Hardcore, there was Acid!!!

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Aug31

UK funky: a short-lived sound whose influence lives on

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Ill Blu

It was an uneasy alliance of artists with different ambitions but UK funky primed us for Afrobeats and the all-conquering pop-house.

If you want to understand British club music’s eternally giddy flux, the diaspora of black British dance producers from the late 2000s UK funky scene can tell you a lot. Look at Rinse FM stalwarts Roska and Marcus Nasty – each pushing wide-ranging but tough sounds with a new EP and label respectively – or at the pop-dance of Ill Blu, the brooding sound of Cooly G and the brainwarped trip-outs of Cooly’s Hyperdub labelmate DVA. Each is utterly different to the next, yet all broke through in the brief flowering of funky from 2006 to 2010.

Back then, funky could encompass yearning soul such as Frontline by Ill Blu & Princess Nyah and Tell Me by DJ NG and Baby Katy (later Katy B); instrumental oddness like Apple’s Mr Bean and Cooly G’s Narst; and MC-led playground chants like Gracious K’s Migraine Skank and KIG’s Heads, Shoulders, Knees And Toes. All were united by a pumping house undercurrent, clattering grime and dancehall rhythms, and car-window-rattling bass: it was the sound of London’s pirate radio stations and clubs for a few summers. But it couldn’t last…

Full story at The Guardian

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Aug22

FADER Mix: DJ Slimzee

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By RUTH SAXELBY

It’s about time to crown me / Crown Slimzee / He’s the one who found me, rapped grime legend Wiley on “Us Against The World,” one of the many tracks he famously leaked in his zip file giveaway in 2010. The guy he wants to crown is his former fellow Pay As U Go Cartel crew member, DJ Slimzee—also one of the founding DJs at the now-legal pirate radio station Rinse FM. After a period out of the limelight, Slimzee’s recently started to receive some much-deserved shine for his part in the rise of grime in the UK capital. As well as a regular show on London’s NTS Radio, he’s been touring hard—including a spate in the States—and even found himself on the other side of the vinyl when NYC producers Jubilee and Star Eyes turned his Rinse radio shouts into a banger. For his FADER Mix, however, Slimzee went back to his UK garage roots and the result is the finest selection of skippy summer jams to keep you going all night long. Dive in below, and scroll down to scope the vintage tracklist and find out why Slimzee thinks grime is finally catching on overseas.

Full story and tracklisting at The Fader

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Aug18

“Go back to go forward”: Underground legend Noodles on UK garage, acid house and the benefits of dog-loaning

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Noodles

Noodles is one of the good guys.

Over the last decade or so, he’s been regarded warmly by the (post) dubstep generation thanks to the foundational late ’90s tracks he and El-B released under the Groove Chronicles banner, particularly ‘Stone Cold’ with its Reese low-end sample that inspired all the bassline pressure that followed, and its clipped drums that echo through Burial and all his million would-be clones. But although he’s one of dance music’s great enthusiasts and proselytisers – and someone who knows how to tell a cracking yarn and namedrop like a boss to boot – he’s not really done anything visible bar keep the DPR label ticking along, pushing out a few idiosyncratic garage/dubstep acts’ releases along the way, and pop up occasionally to do a greatest-hits-of-garage DJ set here and there.

Not that those sets were anything to sniff at, mind. Each time he’s popped up, he’s reminded us what a dynamite DJ he is – mixing up a storm in old school, strictly-vinyl fashion with the instinctive selection and sequencing that befits a record shop trouper who sold a significant percentage of the vinyl bought in London through the 1990s. Indeed, “that” DJ EZ set for Boiler Room / RBMA – the one that single handedly pushed EZ’s career into overdrive – would likely not have been so electric had Noodles and MC Creed so successfully vibed up the room at the start of the night.

Full interview at FactMag

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Aug8

The Rise and Fall of the Junglist by David Sullivan

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Micky Finn and Uncle Dugs on the Rise and Fall of the Junglist

Jungle, as pioneering DJ Micky Finn describes it, “the bastard child of dance music.” The underground movement born in Hackney, destined to take over the world. The love child of London’s sound system culture, and the late 80s wide eyed infatuation with hardcore and Euro techno rave. It produced an inclusive sound that enchanted estates, cities, counties and countries among every race throughout the early 90s. Brought together in ultimate ecstasy and destroyed by cocaine and champagne.

We speak to two resounding figureheads within the genre to explore jungle’s rapid rise, and its ultimate demise. We have the ground-breaking jungle ‘Badass’ and innovative rave forefather Micky Finn, and Uncle Dugs – established into jungle as a raver, who now continues to champion the sound throughout Rinse FM airwaves and relentless Ribena raves.

“I think it was a natural progression from the music that we were all playing at that time,” Micky Finn explains the birth of jungle. From starting a DJ career in 1988, Finn worked throughout the acid house movement and the hardcore scene. “A few people started using ragga samples, bottom end basslines and breakbeats. All of a sudden, because that worked really well in the hardcore scene, it became huge and people loved it. You just had a jungle scene born out of that.”

Full story at JunglistNetwork

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Aug5

Elements August 2014 Lineup

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elements aug 2014

[ August 7, 2014 10:00 pm to August 8, 2014 2:00 am. ]

August

07 Big & Dope aka Fig & Soap
14 Doc Scott
21 Dara – Evolution of Drum & Bass Tour 1994 – 2004
28 Residents Crook, Lenore, & Fox

DrumnBass Thursdays since 1999
19+ | 10pm – 2am
Phoenix Landing
512 Mass Ave, Central Square, Cambridge

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Aug5

Undrig – Beltek 2014

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Undrig – Beltek 2014 by Undrig on Mixcloud

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Aug5

03.08.2014 – Dev/Null (Blog to the Oldskool) – Tracklist Included

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Full tracklisting on the full post…

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Jul29

The History of the UK Garage Family Tree (version 1)

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A fairly robust and accurate timeline.

It’s really pretty incredible that after almost 20 years, the influence of the UK Garage genre is still very present. From its early incarnations around 1994, British Garage has had a huge impact over urban music in the UK with artists like Dizzee Rascal, Burial, Wiley, The Streets, Ms Dynamite. It has achieved both underground and commercial success.

The family tree of UKG’s sub-genres is an absolutely fascinating piece of modern music history. In 20 years it has created / influenced : 2step, Speed Garage, Dubstep, Bassline, Grime, UK Funky and not to mention all the other genres it influenced outside of the Garage spectrum.

Classic Garage undertones are still being felt in the present underground music landscape with the new wave of artists like SBTKRT, Jacques Greene, Disclosure, CRST, Falty DL, Mosca, Preditah and tons of others all paying homage to the roots of UKG…

Full story at Music Is My Sanctuary

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Jul18

“Celebrating the life” of MC SPARKS, they way it should be done…

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Jul18

Skream – Come With Me (Documentary)

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