Groove Chronicles – Midnite Moves

CoOp Presents crew enter 2022 with the help of some legends from the world of UK dance music; a three-track EP of seriously uplifting broken step from the dons Groove Chronicles.

Groove Chronicles have releases dating back to 1997 and are legendary in the world of UKG.

Founded by Noodles, he is now working with longtime associate, Dubchild.

Noodles has been working in the music game for three decades, from spinning at raves in Paris when he was 17, to serving it up behind the record shop counter, to running his own label, DPR. Responsible for bonafide classics like ‘Stone Cold’, ‘Myron’ & ‘Poor Man’s Break’, his work serves as a blueprint for many sounds across the UK bass spectrum.

Leicester legend, Dubchild, stems from a musical background of reggae, hip hop, house, garage & jungle. He’s released an array of dubstep & instrumental grime records through various labels since the early noughties, including Caspa’s Storming Productions & Heavy Artillery, amongst others.

The duo also combine under the moniker Nu-Agenda with their own hybrid house style, and have had collective support over the years from stations such as 1Xtra, NTS, Kiss, Reprezent & Rinse, DJs such as Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Mary Anne Hobbs & Ras Kwame, and publications like iD, Fact, DJ Mag & Crack Magazine, to name a few.

So to the music, a triple threat of bass music, riding along at roughly 130bpm.

We kick off with some pure ‘Joy’, which does what it says on the tin. This is feel-good vibes straight from the edge; the duo’s unique blend of broken 2step garage fusion incorporates skippy drums, soulful r&b tinged vocals, gliding horns, smooth rhodes and some serious bassweight.

‘Take Me Away’ is on a more traditional 2Step vein. Another soulful vocal rides across a UKG backing, complete with killer subs, organ stabs and a sprinkle of jungle chops scattered on top to liven up the dance.

The set closes with the BrokenStep mix of ‘Inside Stepping’. This is a slightly more stripped deeper one, but still blending 2Step sonics on top of a brokenstep riddim, with soulful touches and clash shouts. Heads-down foundation business for the steppers.