Why do I like Juke? I guess because I like Chicago house! When Addison Groove did Dumbshit (Footcrab‘s B-side) two years ago, it was a revelation. I remember back then, I still was skeptical about most post dubstep music, but the review mentioned 808 and 909 beats, so I checked it out. It sounded like the most successful mutation I’d heard in a long time. I was already getting mad energy from the Chicago resurgence with Traxx, JTC, D’Marc Cantu & co, but this took me by surprise as I wasn’t that much into the faster Dance Mania joints, too hectic for my tastes, mostly. Addison Groove slowed down the juke to 135-140 BPM and put it on the map, making it mixing friendly in the most noble way : you can mix his stuff with disco, 135 BPM, the origin of all house! But going back a little, I can also see a few other loves of mine, like Miami bass, the quest for a fully accomplished track with nothing but a drum machine, dancing with your mind off and your body on, looking like a fool but not carrying the slightest as long as your feet touch the floor 135 times a minute. Spinn and Rashad are the current gods of juke/footwork (thanks to the attention Addison gave them), but it’s already going further then expected with the Shangaan electro going 175-180 BPM and embracing a similar minimalistic aesthetic, basically a testament to house’s versatility. Anyhow, here’s a closer examination to the phenomenon, a less subjective one. Be thankful, you got both!
Fontän – Early Morning (Studio Version) – 12″ – Early Morning – Information (2008) Storm Queen – It Goes On – 12″ – It Goes On – Environ (2011) Mr K Alexi Shelby – The Dream – 12″ – Klassic K Alexi Vol. 1 – Syncrophone (2011) Hieroglyphic Being – The Temple Of The Sun – 7″ – The Temple Of The Moon – Mathematics Recordings (2004) Rondenion – Night Breeze – 12″ – Foots – Ragrange Records (2011) Arttu ft. Jerry The Cat – Get Up Off It – 12″ – Nuclear Funk – Royal Oak (2011) Karenn (AKA Blawan & Pariah) – Auflen Whip – 12″ – Sheworks 001 – Works The Long Nights (2011) Blawan – Coronation – 12″ – Peaches – Clone Basement Series (2011) Addison Groove – An We Drop – 2X12″ – V/A Scuba Dj-Kicks – Studio !K7 (2011) Laurie Marshall – The Disco Spaceship – 12″ – S/T – Casino Records (1977)
We Like Cats – Meow Hear Me Roar – LP – Proper Eats – Marriage Records (2009) Chris And Cosey – Tears Of Blood – 2XLP – Various: The Elephant Table Album – X Tract (1983) Analogue Solutions – B2 – 12″ – Disco006 – Analogue Solutions (2011) Addison Groove – Make Um Bounce – 12″ – This Is It – Tectonic (2011) Manuel Tur feat. Holly Backler – Most Of This Moment (Blakkat Acid Mix) – 12″ – Most Of This Moment – Freerange Records (2011) Erik Travis – Phone Sex – 12″ – Make You Rock – Clone Crown Ltd. (2011) Carl Craig – Goodbye World – 2XLP – More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art – SSR Records (1997)
Analogue Solutions – B2 – 12″ – Disco005 – Analogue Solutions (2011) Finesse – Elevate – 12″ – S/T – Ecstasy (2011) February & Mars – Dragonflies – 12″ – S/T – Feel Music (2010) Alexis Blair Penney – Lonely Sea (Honey Soundsystem Remix) – 7″ – Lonely Sea – HNYTRX (2011) Steve Beresford & Anne Marie Beretta – Cicada – LP – Dancing The Line – Nato (1986) Tolouse Low Trax – Asimiad – 12″ – S/T – SD Records (2011)
Second show in a row with a broken turntable (Aligre FM is poor), which means it was done with one turntable and the welcomed return of my Helpimacop of a co-host and his CDs!!! Yeah… I hate CDs, but in that case I can’t complain.
So here’s a late brunch of Kid Creole influenced dub & codeine party music, abstract guitars, jak, heavenly and hellish drones, hockey bitch anthems, breaks and deep bum shattering grooves, Helter Skelter.
Traxx – To The Beat Bizarre! – 12″ – To The Beat Bizarre! – Lumberjacks In Hell (2011) Andrew Pekler – On – CD – Cue – Kranky (2007) Agoria – Mark E Simple Version – 12″ – Heart Beating – Infiné (2011) Hecker – Speculative Solution 1 – CD – Speculative Solution – Editions Mego (2011) Addison Groove – Minutes Of Funk – 12″ – It’s Got Me – 3024 (2011) Ducktails – Porch Projector – LP – III: Arcade Dynamics – Woodsist (2011) Pollyester – Indian – LP – Earthly Powers – Permanent Vacation (2011) Jim O’Rourke & Christoph Heemann – #1 – CD – Plastic Palace People Vol. 1 – Streamline (2011) Smackulator – Hockey Girl – 12″ – Kicked Toda Curb EP – Bunker Records (2005) Fovea Hex – Cup Of Joy (Colin Potter remix) – CD – Three Beams – Janet Records (2011) San Soda – Cocomo – LP – Immers & Daarentegen – We Play House Recordings (2010)
A little over a year ago, Antony Williams made me care about dubstep in a way none had before. With the B-side to his opening Addison Groove 12″ for Loefah’s Swamp 81 imprint, the Bristol producer mostly known for his Headhunter project fused most elements I’ve been interested in for the past few years from different styles but that back then hadn’t clicked right yet, to me anyways. While the A-side gained all the attention (“Footcrab”), “Dumbshit” was paving the way for the recent Juke craze, staying true to the chicago ghetto hectic rhythms while winking at Miami and respecting the early Chicago house custom Roland sounds in a way that was quite new whithin dubstep.
Nowadays, Addison Groove has made his mark and is fronting a british take on the Juke scene with his current many releases (Tectonic, 3024, Swamp 81). Some other acts such as Boddika kind of are following his steps, but so far I’m still waiting for more to make me jump boat, for real.
While his music definitively has “tool” roots, it indeed is one of the few current sounds apart from house has brought back the joy of “real” mixing when I’m djing. It has space and room to breathe, it is weirdly sensual in that it moves your body in a much different way than electro or techno, but still retains a lot of tension, which is the best if you ask me if you intend to make people dance to music they know shit about.
Maybe this will fade, but so far, it is one of the few serious music acts that gives me faith in the current dance music spectrum. ‘Nuff said. Go check his old and new stuff out and make your mind.
PS – Oh, and if you’re in Paris in June, you should check that out :