Friday, September 3, 2010

Juke music?

Chicago juke music and dubstep might seem like an unlikely combination at first. Even when Addison Groove (aka Headhunter) released the critically acclaimed Footcrab/Dumbshit on Swamp 81 in March this year, a juke music upsurgence still seemed unlikely.

Addison Groove - Footcrab

However the jerky sub rhythms of Chi-town ghetto house have been steadily gaining popularity with dubstep/funky/house audiences worldwide. The latest release on the Swamp 81 imprint is another juke house outing, this time from the one like Ramadanman.

Work Them is an absolute killer, picking up where Glut left off, and adding that distinctive jerk house feel.

Ramadanman - Work Them

And with one of Chicago's finest juke producers DJ Nate recently signed to Planet Mu, big tings a gwan for the footwork scene. Nate's first release on the label is pretty spectacular too - Hatas Our Motivation packs 6 solid juke tracks - and with Da Trak Genious LP set to drop later this month it's juke heaven for footworkin fans everywhere!

DJ Nate - We Can Work This Out

Finally, some old stuff. One of my favorite juke tracks of all time, in that distinctive Chi-town melancholy stylee that we will hopefully be seeing a lot more of over the next few months. Not the best quality rip, but good enough for an unreleased track.

DJ Ro - I Cry

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