Good Looking Records

Good Looking Records

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GLR: Original, soulful, timeless, liquid drum & bass!

Biography

Good Looking Records & LTJ Bukem have been an integral force in the development of Drum and Bass for well over 10 years and without their input, it is hard to imagine how the shape of our music would look today. LTJ Bukem can, almost single-handedly, be held responsible for the conception and development of the more soulful side of Drum and Bass that he has since become renowned for. Labelled "Intelligent Drum and Bass" at the time, LTJ Bukem chose not to accept the new moniker, claiming that it suggested other examples of the genre lacked intelligence; a viewpoint that over the years has earned him respect from some of the scene's biggest names.

Born Danny Williamson in 1967, LTJ Bukem was raised in Watford by Baptist Parents. Danny's first interaction with music came at school, with him studying trumpet, whilst also playing the piano and drums; all of which are evident in his productions. After his expulsion from school at the age of 16, a musically minded Danny set about becoming a DJ, taking influences from everything including Hip-Hop, Electro and Jazz, this eventually led him onto forming the Sunshine Sound System through which LTJ Bukem could play all the moments' hottest tracks.

As Drum and Bass began to develop from its early roots in Hardcore Techno into the many subgenres we all know today, LTJ Bukem stepped us his game; setting up the highly respected label Good Looking Records with infamous business partner, Tony Fordham in the early 90's.

The label was not solely developed as an output for LTJ Bukem's work, but also as a platform; enabling him to showcase new up-and-coming producers. Artists including Peshay, PFM, Blame, Makoto and Blu Mar Ten can all be traced back to the early days of Good Looking with many going on to form successful individual careers.

Goodlooking's first full releases, did not focus solely on LTJ Bukem, but consisted of a compilation of some of the finest producers of the time. The first Album 'Logical Progression' consisted of tracks from LTJ himself alongside Peshay, PFM and Aquarius. The album's release in 1996 cemented Drum and Bass as a new form of Dance Music that was here to stay and LTJ Bukem's style opened up these new forms to a much wider audience.

Several years after the formation of Good Looking Records, sister labels began to form, acting as a stable for similar artists, many of which featured originally on Good Looking. Initially, Looking Good Records was set up to house the artists' growing production output. As the labels continued to develop; continuing to release the revolutionary rollers that it was becoming renowned for, LTJ Bukem wanted to expand; taking it further than the instant classics he had already released such as 'Music', 'Horizons' and 'Demons Theme.' Another sister label was founded 2 years later in 1996, Earth. The Earth imprint acted as on outlet for the more eclectic music of Good Looking, comprising of 7 volumes over an 8 year period, the Earth volumes symbolise the Good Looking ethos that if music sounds good then it should be embraced; the variety of tracks that appear on the albums vary from up-tempo jazzy Drum and Bass to more down tempo ambient tracks, whilst still seeming to compliment each other.

There had been much anticipation as to when LTJ Bukem' solo album would be finished, with many wondering why he was shying away from the project. The truth was, the time was not right, and in 2000 'Journey Inwards' dropped into the hands of a record number of Good Looking lovers. Heralded as a key point in Good Looking' history, it marked a turning point in the labels' output; with individual artist albums slowly beginning to emerge as well as continuing to release the highly successful Earth series and what some see as the highlight of the Good Looking releases; The Progression Sessions CDs.

These CDs have been the mostly widely received of all the Good Looking releases; with a collection of 10 releases that cover LTJ Bukem and fellow Label-mate MC Conrad's touring schedule over the last 10 years. With the releases featuring live mixes from just a selection of the many countries that the Good Looking Camp has travelled to. Countries including Japan, America and Germany have all featured and are a true example of how far and wide LTJ Bukem has travelled pushing the boundaries of Drum and Bass.

Things seemed to quieten down after the Millennium, and rumours began circulating that the Good Looking Camp had begun to dwindle. These rumours were quashed with the huge 2004 release of 'Golden Girl' by Makoto with the vocal talents of MC Conrad. The tune heralded a welcome return for Good Looking with it receiving airplay from everyone from Friction to Fabio.

As for the future, things really are looking good! Good Looking has a pipeline full of projects ready for release in 2009. As well as regular 12” instalments, Good Looking plan to release a DVD featuring ‘Bukem In Session’ – Live at Exit Festival, and not fo

Lyrics

Bukem in Session feat. MC Conrad - Live @ Exit

Written By: MC Conrad

TRACK 1 - THOUGHTLESS

Check, check, check, check, check... one two,
Exit crew, yeah apologies for the sound an all that,
It takes time to make it perfect for you...

Who’s ready out there to get deep?
Who’s ready out there for some drum & bass?
Ltj bukem up inside the place, alongside me the MC Conrad.
You’re in session.. Let’s begin...

Let the fun and games begin
Watch what’s coming up, what’s coming in
Vibe’s creeping through...

Exit crew what’s going on out there??

Let me see you put you hands in the air...

Bout to go into a deep structure
Real dub plate pressure built to fit and made to measure
Kick back; take this at your leisure... never say never...

Right about now, just warming up building up
To make you loosen up liven up, make you mind corrupt

Into a deep structure
We advise ya and we instruct ya!!
Yeah mister bukem nice and easy as we come through
You really read out there exit crew?

Oh.. Don’t act like you don’t do
Bout to hit with the fresh and the brand new
What we call a grand groove and it’s all good for you in full session in full swing
With you know who, ltj bukem!!

Deep concentration heads down no looking up
Sound track will make you mind corrupt, born to make you liven up

Into a deep structure... into a deep structure...

The power of deep, supplying the art form of the major elite
Lines round the block form for our dangerous beats
Shabby superstars on call seven days of the week
To keep the people dancing, keep the people twitching
Bukem taking the bookings, Connie tuning your system
This is it for real ain’t no flaws no faking
Attitude rude mood set to concentration, whatever moves you making
grip you tight at the wrist like friendship bracelet
life style of the loose only suit the wasted and ..uh!
it won’t be possible to fuck with mister mega hertz
or mister logical once we set our starship plan astronomical
into orbit record it and play back, you ignored it you’re kid it’s pay back
mechanized life of a drum machine, I remind, recognize im a b-boy dream...

Into a deep structure... We advise ya and we instruct ya!!

TRACK 2 - MINDPRINT

You need it you feel it, get in it get on it

My Frequency heavy driven I can stretch transpose
Penetrate any gate while your sample froze

In your deep reverb
Make delays spray colors words to be heard

Better, Better, Better, loosen up and limber up
sound track will make you mind corrupt
It’s born to make you liven up
Where’s the atmosphere out there? Raise it up Raise it up Raise it up come on!!
Now get your good groove on
Show me what’s going on going on going on, Got you locked on,
Engrossed with the sound of the deep, sound of the strong

Get in it you need it you want it
Styles of the absolutely cosmic
Ltj bukem, mc Conrad taking you on a trip
When we’re gone you will reminisce
Bout to get you live. What we provide you’ll remember this
Nice and easy that’s right Like that like this..

Gonna hit you like this... gonna gonna gonna hit you like that
gonna make you respond... gonna gonna gonna make you react

we got a whole lot of drum & bass for ya, exit you ready for that?

Need to know where’s the noise who’s ready out there, come on!!

Now get your good groove on
You are rocking with the sound of the deep, sound of the strong

You feel it you need it

What we got in store real hardcore

Some thing new something old,
And it’s absolutely cold you’ve been warned you been told

Build it up... tease it up...

TRACK 3 - AIRTIGHT (RMX)

Exit real ravers... strictly for those that know
Time for dance floor misbehavior
Old schools brand new... watch what we’re bringing you oh!!

We take a ride on time so you can check it out
So you will always know and you're never in doubt
About the beat we bang the vibe we innovate
The session we'll be wrecking the buzz that we elevate
We take a ride on time so you can check it out
So you will always know and you're never in doubt
About the beat we bang the vibe we innovate
The session we'll be wrecking the buzz that we elevate

Sounds of the old school brand new

Better watch what coming on, watch what’s coming through
Watch were we take you to with the freshness and brand new

Come on

So. We take a ride on time so you can check it out
You will always know and you're never in doubt
About the beat we bang the vibe we innovate
The session we'll be wrecking the buzz that we elevate
And you don't know what that is what we give is power
Be prepared and awhere cos the new crew of the hour is here
Coming clear yes coming correct for a dj with effect
Bukem I would select because some like it cold
Some like it hot some like from the bottom
Some like it from the top. Some wont even like it
Unless the bukem beats are non-stop
Cos it makes. (Makes) you. (You) wanna (wanna). Rock.
First we pick a supreme sound flick the needle on the record
Then we're forward bound with

Discography

GLR 12" Singles

GLR001 LTJ Bukem A. Demon’s Theme AA. A Couple Of Beats
GLR002 LTJ Bukem & Tayla A. Bang The Drums AA. Remnants
GLR003 Apollo Two / LTJ Bukem A. Return To Atlantis AA. Atlantis (I Need You)
GLR004 LTJ Bukem A. Music AA. Enchanted
GLR005 D.O.P.E. A. Travelling Part 2 AA. Travelling
GLR006 The Invisible Man A. The Bell Tune AA. The Tone Tune
GLR007 Parallel World A. Tear Into AA. Contagious
GLR008 LTJ Bukem & Peshay A.19.5 AA.19.5 Reprisal
GLR009 Aquarius A. Dolphin Tune AA. Aquatic
GLR010 P.F.M. A. Wash Over Me AA. Love & Happiness
GLR011 Peshay A. The Piano Tune AA. The Vocal Tune
GLR012 P.F.M. A. The Western AA. Hypnotising
GLR013 Aquarius & Tayla A. Bringing Me Down AA. Soul Searching
GLR014 Chameleon A. Links AA. Close Your Eyes & Listen
GLR015 Source Direct A. Secret Liaisons AA. Complexities
GLR016 P.F.M. A. For All Of Us AA. The Mystics
GLR017 Axis A. One In Ten AA. Dusted
GLR018 Intense A. Positive Notions AA. Careless Minds
GLR019 Blame A. 360 Clic AA. Overhead Projections
GLR020 Artemis A. Elysian Fields AA. Desideradi
GLR021 Blu Mar Ten A. Slipstream AA. Future Proof
GLR022 Total Science A. Algebra AA. Force Field
GLR023 Blame A. Visions Of Mars AA. Centuries
GLR024 Motive One A. Cosmik AA. Loop progression
GLR025 Artemis A. Inner Worlds AA. Sun Stars
GLR026 Big Bud A. Emotionography AA. Alzir
GLR027 Voyager A. Beatnik AA. Apollo
GLR028 Seba A. Valley Of The Moomins AA. Car Crash
GLR029 Second Vision A. Italian Job AA. Runnin'
GLR030 Alaska & Paradox A. Planet 3 AA. Space-Age
GLR031 Cedar / Biowire A. Equinox AA. Karizma
GLR032 Big Bud A. State Of Mind AA. Transmission
GLR033 PHD A. Haze AA. Contrast
GLR034 Q-Project A. Space-Link AA. Radar
GLR035 Rantoul A. System Sylence AA. The Ladder
GLR036 Makoto A. Enterprise AA. Sweet Changes
GLR037 Rantoul / Intersperse A. On The Edge AA. Haunting Winds
GLR038 LTJ Bukem A. Rhodes To Freedom AA. Watercolours
GLR039 Bjorn A. Inside My Soul AA. God Chord
GLR040 Big Bud A. High Times AA. Blunt
GLR041 Intersperse A. Moonscape AA. Radiolucent
GLR042 Intersperse A. Perennial Spring AA. New Fields Of Emotion
GLR043 Rantoul A. Journey AA. Changeling
GLR044 Nookie A. Lost File AA. Leviation
GLR045 Intense / Lacarno A. 3.5 AA. Futureshock
GLR046 Blu Mar Ten/Akira A. B.R.O AA. Yellow River
GLR047 Nu-Moon A. Dark Matter AA. Sakhmet
GLR048 Cascade/J-Laze A. Mysteries AA. Lakez
GLR049 Makoto A. Blackberry Jam AA. Voices
GLR050 Intersperse / Nu-Moon A. Enorasis AA. Submergency
GLR051 Sonic Generation / Synchronicity A. So Far AA. Foot Prints
GLR052 Pete Rann / Pariah A. Abacus AA. Primary Evolution
GLR053 Avid Nation / J-Laze A. Not far now AA. Future Echoez
GLR054 Nookie / Pariah A. Catch 22 AA. Confessions
GLR055 Makoto & Akira / Intense A. Mind Vision AA. Black Ice
GLR056 Greenfly / J-laze A. G-funk AA. Chinz & Chinz
GLR057 Soul Purpose / Intense A. Dominion AA. Time Code
GLR058 Nookie / Intersperse A. Destiny AA. Time out of Mind
GLR059 Soul Purpose / Pariah A. Falling AA. Second Nature
GLR060 Laroque / Vice Versa A. Someone like You AA. Still Doin' It
GLR061 Greenfly / Omni Trio + Deep Blue A. Blue Corvette AA. Station To Station
GLR062 Greg Packer / Drumsound and Simon Bassline Smith A. Feelin' AA. Planet Saturn
GLR063 Vice Versa A. Shining Through AA. Solid Ground
GLR064 Commix / SKC & Bratwa A. Brass Eye AA. Solitude
GLR065 Aquasky / Cascade A. In The Zone AA. Mysteries (ASC Remix)
GLR066-12 MC Conrad and Makoto A. Golden Girl AA. Golden Girl (Instrumental)
GLR067 Makoto / Makoto & DJ Inza A. Eastern Dub Part 2 AA. Eastern Dub (DJ Marky Remix)
GLR068D Makoto Inside Your Love (XRS Remix)
GLR068 LTJ Bukem / MC Conrad & DJ Furney A. Switch AA. Drum Tools
GLR069 Furney / Utah Jazz A. Pipez AA. Leap Of Faith
GLR070 The Funktastics / Peyo A. Wild Willy AA. Old Times
GLR071 Soulmatic / Furney A. Self Belief AA. Distance
GLR072 Tayla / Tidal A. Turn It Around AA. Impressions
GLR073 Greg Packer / Furney A. Peoples Music AA. Life Starts @ 40
GLR074 Smote / Specific A. Genteel Poverty AA. Time
GLR075 LTJ Bukem / Calibre A. Atmospherical Jubilancy AA. All One Call
GLR076 Eveson / Syncopix A. Food For Thought AA. So In Need

Specials:

GLRSIN001V LTJ Bukem feat. Elliot Sunrain (Album Version)
GLRSIN001V LTJ Bukem feat. Elliot Sunrain (Flying Fish Mix)
GLRSIN002 Makoto feat. Cleveland Watkiss Time
GLRSIN002 Makoto feat. Cleveland Watkiss Time (Kyoto Jazz Massive remix)
GLRMAK01 Makoto My Soul

GLRMAK01 Makoto My Soul (John B remix)
GLRPFM01 PFM One & Only (2002 Re-work)
GLRPFM01 PFM The Western (Mike's Ricochet Mix)

GLR EPs:

GLREP001CD FORMAT: CD SINGLE
LTJ Bukem Twilight Voyage
LTJ Bukem Orchestral Jam
LTJ Bukem Orchestral Jam(Vocal)
LTJ Bukem Journey Inwards

GLREP002V FORMAT: 2 x 12" EP
Blame Altered Course
Blame Mech

Set List

Introducing LTJ Bukem's Monthly Top 5 Chart - January 2009:

1. Tayla 'Turn It Around' (GLR072) Tayla is no newcomer to the scene, already with some classics to his name, and this track set to be one, full of dance floor action and groove, check it!

2. Tidal 'Impressions' (GLR072) The best way to describe this track is old school brand nu, seductive chord arrangement to draw you in and the amen to take you away, one for the body and mind...

3. Greg Packer 'Peoples Music' (GLR073) Greg needs no introduction to the scene, been around since I first went to Australia back in 1992 and has been progressing his sound ever since..this track is full of funk flavours and very uplifting..

4. Furney 'Life Starts At 40' (GLR073) The Furney train keeps rolling down the track, and is getting better and better each release, Furney is set for big things, watch this space...

5. Calibre 'Miraculous' (GLRdub) Calibre, the James Brown of the D&B production world for sure, and a genius no doub