Essentially the themes that this music tries to keep consistent are:
- Extensive use of 808s/909s
- Highly repetitive vocal samples - usually of 80's/90's hip hop acapellas
- Amen breaks
- Little to no structure - pretty much 2/3 mins of flat out 808 mayhem (aside from all the slightly more artistic takes on the genre that have started to develop since late last decade)
- BIG ONE HERE: No basslines per say, instead long, rung out ultra bassy fill-the-room type kicks are used to give the tracks increidble low end presence. Youtube does not do the following tracks justice in this respect
- Abrasive and somewhat 'annoying' synth leads
- reliance on pitch-shifting of samples for main hooks instead of synthmanship
While that stuff is cool, I tend to gravitate towards the more creative contemporary stuff which is basically the same genre except slightly closer to dubstep with better production and more interesting production choices/broader pallet of sounds/generally more chilled out. I'm talking about tracks such as those first four links, as well as the following
btw it starts to step on UK Garage's toes a bit here:
Records/Mixtapes etc to check out:
- Bangs and Works Vol.1 (Planet Mu)
- Fabriclives 56, 61 and 63 (Fabric)
- Traxman- Da Mind of Traxman (Planet Mu)
^just found out about this in another thread. great record
Anyway all of the above is entirely my opinion and my view on the genre and a lot of the stuff I posted only has 'connections' to juke/footwork but I wouldn't call the songs themselves juke/footwork. Just giving the bigger picture. Also some idmf members that I've seen take an interest in this stuff are lolirl and possibly sencesor - they will probably know more about this than me
Wow. A lot of new ideas here. So to sum up from what's been posted.
1. Fuck yea DnB/Jungle/Breaks
2. When I said Techno I meant that old, old school stuff like Detroit Techno and it's children. So, yea, probably more like old school Hawtin stuff. Also, I think it'd be fair to allow Dub Techno...I've been wanting to get into that myself, production wise.
3. Juke/Footwork is so interesting and fimpson pretty munch nailed it. You should also youtube it...there is a whole dance culture surrounding the music in Chicago and Detroit. In fact, I'm pretty sure Footwork is the kind of dancing people do to the music and Juke is the music. It's really a sound that only existed in a small part of the mid west US until recently, when as fimpson said, the Dubstep/Garage cats picked up on it. The drum programming on it is bizarre and challenging. The kicks don't even have a very steady pattern to them.
there is a whole dance culture surrounding the music in Chicago and Detroit. In fact, I'm pretty sure Footwork is the kind of dancing people do to the music and Juke is the music. It's really a sound that only existed in a small part of the mid west US until recently, when as fimpson said, the Dubstep/Garage cats picked up on it. The drum programming on it is bizarre and challenging. The kicks don't even have a very steady pattern to them.
Oh yeah I think I forgot to mention Footwork is the style of dance that is danced to Juke. glad you're interested in it as well relic!
also I'm not sure but I might have forgot to mention that a drum and bass tape would be fucktastic. Really liking Marcus Intalex's breed of dnb at the moment
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^I like the sound of a 'chillout' tape but tbh I have no idea what it means. I think people have been throwing around phrases like "ambient" tape and whatnot without thinking about it... seriously, what the hell is an ambient beat tape?
I kind of had the idea that it was downtemp/lounge/trip-hop even?