We’ve often spoken about our affinity for the global dissemination of Juke and Footwork. It is a rare case of the original ethos and their progenitors maintaining high stature within a cultural movement after wide-spread dissemination. Rather, ignorant appropriation is more common.
Lux Familiar‘s 6 track Visionary EP is, of all Polish Juke releases, the one that arguably pays closest homage to the original Chicago styles. Tracks like Let’s Get Dirty keep it simple with Redman vocal loop over booming pitched toms that eventually giveaway to soothing pads. Sweet Fantasy reflects the Soul music edits that comprised much of early Juke. All in all, not a single track on this EP disappoints. Grab it for FREE here (or below)
Lux Familiar was one of the producers who made it to the first Ghosts Traxx compilation from the Polish Juke collective made up of enthusiasts inspired by Chicago footwork and juke from. So far the leading names associated with the 160 bpm tempo were mainly Symbiotic Sounds, Fidser, Musley, Miko and COMOC. Lux Familiar’s debut EP, ‘Visionary’, undoubtedly introduces his name to the group.
The EP starts with ‘Dance Sucka’ track, which is organized around footwork-jungle groove and recurring ‘Dance sucka!’, ‘Move sucka!’ samples. As a result we are getting a ‘battle track’ in European style. ‘U Wnt Mr’, on the other hand, brings on sunny pulsating stretched around a crudely incised ‘more’ word. ‘Let’s Get Dirty’ is heralding another change. One can detect a clear inspiration with DJ Rashad’s tracks, in which an ultra-energetic vibe gets mixed with a moment of warm breath and melancholy. The title track, ‘Visionary’, is kept in similar spirit – nervously jumping bass drum is soothed with a sudden change of tempo and hip-hop beat in the second part. The two final tracks, ‘Sweet Fantasy’ and ‘Take Me’, are a true show off from Lux Familiar. He manages to perfectly balance energy and emotions without getting banal about it.
After COMOC’s dark and experimental ‘Action Canceled’ EP, Lux Familiar’s ‘Visionary’ is a completely new phenomenon – very descriptive, rich in melody and warm sounds. The EP can make Lux instantaneously one of the best-recognized and key characters of the local juke/footwork scene.