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Heavee - WFM
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Teklife)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The 8 track album features new collaborations with DJ Phil, Gantman, DJ Paypal, andSirr Tmo, and a previously unreleased classic from 2013, co-written with DJ Rashad.The first thing that jumps out at you is Heavee's masterful use of synthesizers andsound design. You get the sense that these elements have been lovingly crafted duringcountless hours of sonic experimentation and invention in the studio. As Heaveeexplains, the primary focus on synths represents a departure from his usual creativeprocess: "Usually in my method of production, synths or sounds come somewhatclose to last, likely after I find structure or rhythm. Basically, it's not something Iparticularly go for first, but this time around they became the building blocks". Heaveehas made a conscious decision to challenge himself, adopting a different approach tohis past productions. In doing so, he moves away from the familiar sampling techniqueswhich characterised his earlier work: "I am a child of the last days of ghetto houseculture as it shifted into juke/footwork. My parents, aunties, and uncles played houseand ghetto house music at family functions, BBQs and house parties. That's my rootsand where I came from. However, on this record, I chose to stray away from vocalsamples, to give myself room to grow in different areas." Heavee finds his voice inemphatic fashion on Cloud Ride feat. DJ Phil. His lyrical content and flow are on pointas the track flips seamlessly from hip hop to footwork and back again. DJ Phil featureson 3 tracks in total, a reflection of Heavee and Phil's close friendship and musicalconnection. As Heavee explains: "Phil's studio is a safe space for me. Whether he is inthe room or not, I don't feel weird about trying something that might be silly, taking itto the next level, or coming from a place of pure inspiration. Phil has historical,musical and cultural knowledge relevant to Chicago. He shares a lot of invaluableknowledge with me". It's Wack is a classic collaboration with DJ Rashad that stillsounds fresh today. Heavee remembers how Rashad would always stay connected:"We'd get calls no matter where he was. We would talk about everything! HeALWAYS had new info; what new music was popping, scenes that were reallyaccepting or supportive of what we were doing, blends that made the party go off,sites, adventures and just fuel us with support from him and give us living proof of theglobal support that was to come and the journey that was ahead of us." AlthoughHeavee makes music with the dancefloor firmly in mind, the sheer quality of his musictranscends that space. So sit back and enjoy the next chapter in the Teklife story.
DJ Manny - Greenlight
DJ Manny
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Teklife)
14,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
A masterclass in footwork production by Chicago's DJ Manny, who has been footworking since the age of ten. 'Greenlight' also features guest appearances from DJ Lucky, Gant-Man and Sucia.
Traxman - Tekvision
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Teklife)
14,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
A leading figure and respected elder in the Teklife family, Traxman has waitedpatientlywhile releases from young upstarts like Taso and Dj Earl have been enjoyed byfootwork lovers all over the world. Now the time has come for Traxman to take centrestage, presenting a collection of new material that demonstrates his mastery of thefootwork sound. Tekvision arrives hot on the heels of Teklife 005: Greenlight by DJManny, bringing an interesting contrast of production methods and styles. A prodigiouscrate digger, Traxman has provided the sample sources for many of Footwork's classictracks over the years. So while DJ Manny recorded the majority of the vocals onGreenlight himself, Traxman uses his expert sample flipping techniques to add the humanelement to his productions. Traxman is a mainstay of the Chicago underground, with adiscography stretching back to the golden era of Dance Mania Records in the 1990s.Ghetto House was an important precursor to Footwork, and Traxman was a key figureduring this transition. Echoes of the Ghetto House sound resonate through Tekvision,with tracks like Drop It Down and Twist The Party Out paying homage to the origins ofJuke and Footwork music. Be Gagen feat DJ Earl is a beautiful opening track, with asoulful, melancholic synth unfolding patiently over a half-speed beat. When the bass kicksin after 1 minute 10 seconds it has a profoundly uplifting effect, and the late arriving vocalrounds off the composition perfectly. Many of the tracks demonstrate brilliant and playfulmanipulation of vocal snippets, with Let Me Get Up and Control Ya Bitchezzz among thefinest examples of this art. Finally, Tone Deaf and Whop Line show yet another side toTraxman's sound with an intoxicating and angular mix of bass and bleeps. File under:Electronic, Footwork RIYL: DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, DJ Deeon, Jammin Gerald
DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes
DJ Earl
Open Your Eyes
12" | 2016 | UK | Original (Teklife)
14,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Clocking up a decade since its initial release ‘Sno Angel Like You’ will be reissued this September celebrating its ten year anniversary. Collaborating with Canadian Gospel Choir, Voice of Praises following a performance at 2003’s Ottawa Bluesfest where Howe was billed alongside gospel choirs.
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