NU on Future Grooves: From ghetto house to electronica
The release of the third Future Grooves’ compilation marks a big step for Luke S., a mathematics student from Nottingham and the man behind the label and music blog that’s brought out seven releases in the past year. Luke’s unselfish way of running the label has given unheard artists much needed exposure in this age of computer-generated music. These days, putting your music on websites such as Soundcloud and Youtube just isn’t enough. There’s so much great music online that you’ve got to be really lucky to get people to find it and listen to it, let alone come back to check out other releases.
Future Grooves’ free compilations lets you hear and download a collection of fantastically sourced music ranging from post-dubstep all the way through to juke - a type of “ghetto house” originated in Chicago in the early ‘90s. Along with the free compilations there have been a series of EP’s, some free (or pay what you want) and some for a small fee, which has proved to be another great way for new musicians to get their foot in the door with the backing of a label and the followers of its blog. If you have some spare time, check out Future Grooves and download a release, maybe it’ll open your ears to a new genre of music, or at the very least to some songs you’ve never heard before.
Words by Lewis J. Henderson