Over the past 12 months Julio Bashmore has really asserted himself as one of the most exciting artists working on the cusp between house and UK funky with releases such as 'Batak Groove/Around' (Soul Motive) and 'Chazm/Footsteppin' (Ten Thousand Yen). His next release comes on the PMR imprint on the 10th January in the form of the 'Everybody Needs A Theme Tune' EP. The man from Bristol may have produced his finest work on this with 'Battle For Middle You'. The smooth as house rhythm, shuffling percussion, deep vocal samples and ever rising synth stabs culminate to create a track that will no doubt keep feet moving.
It feels like I've been waiting for this track for an eternity. I first heard this one back in Ramadanman's MAH mix back on the 5th August. From the first minute I heard the pounding 808's, lofty synth chords and a vocal sample repeating 'we sexual', I knew this one was special. Addison Groove's juke influenced work has provided one of the highlights of 2010, and I think this success shall only grow in 2011, alongside the expansion of Chicago juke in the UK itself. The release of 'Sexual/Work It' in February on Swamp81 will unquestionably be one of the biggest in 2011.