For years the sound of Chicago Juke and ghetto house has remained one of the last untapped and truly underground genres of dance music. The origins of the style can be traced back to the first half of the 1990s, when DJs like Paul Johnson
, DJ Deeon
, and DJ Funk
started speeding up Chicago house music and stripping it down to its bare-bone grooves, bass-lines, and raunchy lyrics on their productions for labels like Dance Mania. Ghetto house - or Booty house, as it was commonly called at the time - was born.
In recent years ghetto house has become even faster, with speeds reaching up to 180bpm, and incorporated more and more elements from hip-hop and r'n'b. Termed Juke and championed by artist such as DJ Slugo
, DJ Clent
, and DJ Rashad
the style has remained a predominantly local affair, with countless productions appearing through underground imprints like DJ Godfather
's Databass Online
imprint, Juke Trax
, Juke Trax Online, and Slugo's Subterranean Playhouse.
In the course of 2008's Baltimore bass boom, Juke gained more international visibility due to its similarities in tempo and party attitude. DJ Gant-Man
's 'Juke Dat Girl' became a minor hit via New York's hipster imprint fool's gold
, and Parisian nu-rave stalwarts Ed Banger
invited original ghetto house icon DJ Funk on a European tour.
Ghetto House, Juke, Footworking
Meanwhile things were cooking home in Chicago as yet another generation of artists introduced the perhaps most radical change to the sound: abandoning the 4-to-the-floor house music kick drum altogether. Young bedroom producers like DJ Nate
and DJ Pierre
(not to be confused with the acid house pioneer) started recording tracks that seemed to float on a wave of staccato bass stabs, fluently switching between breakneck speeds and half-tempo intermissions. The new style became known as Footworking, after the hyperactive break dance variant it accompanied, and suddenly well-known UK DJs began to drop footwork tracks in their dubstep sets.Planet Mu
's Mike Paradinas
was one the first to take note, signing leading Juke artists DJ Nate, DJ Rashad, and DJ Roc
to his influential label. A compilation of footwork tracks is bound to follow next year. Another label currently making waves is Chicago's Ghettophiles imprint, whose first release, '4 The Ghetto' by DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad, went down like a storm this summer, receiving enthusiastic reviews from magazines like Resident Advisor.
Juke Exclusives on zero"
zero" proudly presents three exclusive releases representing the cutting edge of ghetto house music - two by Juke legend DJ Slugo, and a Ghettophiles
compilation highlighting some of the most interesting artists out there, including DJs Spinn, Rashad, Clent and Tre.
Check 'em out here:http://www.zero-inch.com/blog/Juke_Ghetto_House_Footworking/14923