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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...
1DJ Rashad
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.
2DJ Paypal
Buy Now


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.
3Jlin
Black Origami


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.
4DJ Clent
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)
5 Traxman
Far East


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.
7Machinedrum
Room(s)


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.
8RP Boo
Legacy


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.
10Cakedog
Champions


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
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