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|10 Essentials: Footwork|
potentially installment one of a series packaging little-explored genres into neat digestible recommendation lists; ideally the succinctness of the items will impel, rather than alienate, people who are interested but have no idea where to start. a word on footwork: a lot different definitions are thrown around, but I tend to describe it as dance music made exclusively for your feet, which means a lot of post-minimalist stuttering, ghettotech influences and cluttered beats. If that sounds like your jam, may i tempt you with...
Just A Taste
i mean of course, the opus of the genre, but i wouldn't describe it as easy; it starts with the brilliant, shimmering Ghost, but it's the least accessible track on the album. so minimal you wonder at times if Rashad had let giant opuses rot and recorded the result. footwork at it's most distilled and, imo, best.
this, conversely, is footwork at it's most exuberant and maximal, with the kind of beats that will imbue even the steadiest of dancers with two left feet; half the fun is tripping over. footwork bangers.
released this year, this baby is the definition of a grower not a shower; the production, the beats, the interposed vocal loops and samples (including one from the conet island project i'm pretty sure) are all pretty dense on the first listen. further listens reveal that this is no mere scatter of detritus but a carefully curated and polished album whose nuance is extant but belied. don't let it fool you; keep your wits about you with this one and you'll get sucked in.
Last Bus to Lake Park
pretty much; picture boarding that midnight bus to an unaffluent, vaguely senditious suburb, looking out at the industrial wasteland accrued at each stop, and you have this album. evocative, exhausting and yet seriously danceable, and a reminder that context matters (a mournful album in the sheets, a dance-floor rattler in the streets)
A split with the chronically under-rated Paisley Parks (his album released this year, Coffin, is sublime), Traxman is one of the venerable names of footwork, but to my way of thinking he produces his best work when bouncing off others (i.e. his best track on his most popular work, Vol II, is a collaboration with DJ Fred). On this EP, the two producers bring out the very best in each other in a cohesive statement that forces both to bring it all to the table. Extraordinary.
i don't actually like this one hugely, but i'd be remiss not to mention it, as plenty of others have found satisfaction with it's more future garagey take on footwork and use of crystalline empty space.
likewise with this; i find this boring, actually, but for many this is the holy grail of the genre. very ghettotechy, so if that isn't your thing feel free to skip this one.
my favourite Cakedog release, which is saying a lot -- his sprawling back-catalogue is chock full of goodies -- but MAN if you ain't juking to this i don't want to know about it. put the pedal 2 da metal babey, and don't make me pop
6 was D/P/I's Jeanette, of which I believe I said "D/P/I has an attention defecit when it comes to sticking to genres but his most earnest foray into footwork is a triumph. incorporates chopped 'n' screwed subtlely and cleverly, without losing propulsion"
9 was the excellent "The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making" by Gábor Lázár & Mark Fell, which i believe i praised for being austere and clinical and still lively. i further recommended it to fans of Autechre and Burial.
|yesss, thank u for this. Rashad and dpi are wonderful but I need mORE|
|DJ ORANGE JULIUS|
|make this a series and make me a happy boi. Though i only heard jlin from here and wasn't exactly a fan...|
|make this a series and make me a happy boi |
|i'm hanging on for the next installment and i haven't even started reading this one |
|great list for an underappreciated genre|
|redbull us on maori music next|
|"essentials" lmfao sry|
|so much bullshit|
|my feet are averse to work|
they're quite indolent
|one thing this ain't in is the head, trying to bang to this would lead to neurological deficits |