When Planet Mu’s Mike Paradinas contributed a footwork-driven FACT mix this Summer, he spoke in the accompanying interview about non-Chicago artists putting their own spins on the US dance oddities that are juke and footwork.
Along with Machinedrum, Distal and Wheez-ie, one of the most interesting artists doing this in 2011 is – or rather was – Philip D Kick. An alias of Om Unit, the project came about after a discussion about “how fun it had been to mix juke and jungle [both genres produced at around 160bpm] together”. Om Unit, at that point anonymously, started making footwork-style edits of jungle classics, including takes on LTJ Bukem’s ‘Atlantis’ and Omni Trio’s ‘Renegade Snares’, releasing the first four for free under the title Footwork Jungle Vol. 1.
As you might expect, the reaction to these tracks ranged from enthusiasm (from Kode9, Mark Pritchard, and later on jungle legend Lemon D) to derision (from jungle purists on the Dogs on Acid forums – though we suspect given his recent row over an edit of a Bad Company track, Goldie wouldn’t be too happy either), but either way, they caused a stir, and represented that rarest of things in 2011: an idea that hadn’t really been done before.
Late last week, Om Unit closed the book on Kick, releasing the last installment in the Footwork Jungle series and killing off his alter-ego in the process. You can hear all the edits in this piece on the Rhythm Incursions blog, but before downloading, we’d recommend you read the full accompanying text by Om Unit, which explains some of the theory behind the experiment in detail.