Saturday, April 3, 2010

soundscape saturday :: juke music

“Is there a difference between Chicago Booty House, Ghetto Tech, 
and Juke Music? The answer is Yes, there is a HUGE difference."
read full article authored by DJV

Ghetto/Booty House, Ghettotech; Juke is Original House Music.
Juke is a type of Chicago House which started being recognized in its 
own right from around 1992 onwards.  It features minimal 808 and 
909 drum machine driven tracks.  Few are using this genre to its full 
potential artistically.  The template of classic Chicago House music
(primarily, Percolator by Cajmere), has usually been made on very 
minimal equipment with little or no effects.  It usually features a 4 to 
the floor kick drum (full sounding, but not too long or distorted) along 
with Roland 808 and 909 synthesized tom tom sounds, minimal use of 
analogue synths, and short, slightly dirty sounding (both sonically and 
lyrically) vocal samples, often repeated in various ways.  Also 
common are 808 and 909 clap sounds, and full verses and choruses.

"Atop lushly warped RandB synths, stuttering, mutated 2-step drum 
patterns and deep subbass that drops in and out without warning,
a pitched down vocal, and measuredly repeats.  The already 
disorienting formula becomes even wilder midway through when the 
vocal is suddenly pitched up and the initial woozy pattern is fed 
amphetamines: words repeat until it starts to sound like a slum ocean.  
Which is not a bad metaphor for the footwork oeuvre, music obsessed 
with changing dynamics, and all the manic tendencies you would expect 
from the children of trap music and ghetto house."
quote from Stephen Kerr on A Love Letter to Chicago Juke