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Traxman - Tekvision Volume 2
Tekvision Volume 2
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Teklife)
14,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Tekvision Volume 1 was a stone cold classic, with Rolling Stone charting it at #3 in their top 20 EDM of 2017. Two years on, Cornelius 'Traxman' Ferguson returns with the second instalment, featuring 7 exceptional new Footwork productions. Traxman is a bonafide OG, with a discography dating back to the halcyon era of Ghetto House in the late 80's and early 90's. 30 years on, Traxman is a revered figure in Chicago's urban music scene, having presided over the evolution from Ghetto House to Juke and from Juke to Footwork culture. Originally released in 1989, Work Dat Mutha Fucker by Steven Poindexter is considered to be one of the most influential tracks from the early days of Ghetto House. Traxman remixes it brilliantly on this release, reworking the stripped back, minimalist drum beat of the original into an upfront Footwork pattern. This sense of continuity is equally evident on Let Me See You Naked feat. DJ Juicy, and Traxman's remix of To Da Hoooz by DJ Deeon. These productions successfully capture the sexual energy and exuberance of Ghetto House, turbo charged at 160 BPM. Elsewhere on the record, Traxman explores different moods whilst always keeping the dance floor firmly in mind. The opening track It's Lasting Bass lays an infectious vocal harmony over complex drum patterns and a fearsome bassline. Osaka opens with mellow, sultry keys before introducing a wobbling synth and diced up Orchestal samples. 4 Da Lyfe is a soulful and slightly more meditative track, with a vocal loop expressing solidarity and self-affirmation. Wildcard feat. Jana Rush, stands alone as the only track without a vocal element, instead utilising a piercing and insistent synth to create a powerful sonic intensity. Overall this is triumphant record, and a worthy successor to the original Tekvision release, proving once again that Traxman is an unrivalled exponent of MPC-driven footwork energy.
Heavee - WFM
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Teklife)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The 8 track album features new collaborations with DJ Phil, Gantman, DJ Paypal, and
Sirr 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 and
sound design. You get the sense that these elements have been lovingly crafted during
countless hours of sonic experimentation and invention in the studio. As Heavee
explains, the primary focus on synths represents a departure from his usual creative
process: "Usually in my method of production, synths or sounds come somewhat
close to last, likely after I find structure or rhythm. Basically, it's not something I
particularly go for first, but this time around they became the building blocks". Heavee
has made a conscious decision to challenge himself, adopting a different approach to
his past productions. In doing so, he moves away from the familiar sampling techniques
which characterised his earlier work: "I am a child of the last days of ghetto house
culture as it shifted into juke/footwork. My parents, aunties, and uncles played house
and ghetto house music at family functions, BBQs and house parties. That's my roots
and where I came from. However, on this record, I chose to stray away from vocal
samples, to give myself room to grow in different areas." Heavee finds his voice in
emphatic fashion on Cloud Ride feat. DJ Phil. His lyrical content and flow are on point
as the track flips seamlessly from hip hop to footwork and back again. DJ Phil features
on 3 tracks in total, a reflection of Heavee and Phil's close friendship and musical
connection. As Heavee explains: "Phil's studio is a safe space for me. Whether he is in
the room or not, I don't feel weird about trying something that might be silly, taking it
to 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 invaluable
knowledge with me". It's Wack is a classic collaboration with DJ Rashad that still
sounds fresh today. Heavee remembers how Rashad would always stay connected:
"We'd get calls no matter where he was. We would talk about everything! He
ALWAYS had new info; what new music was popping, scenes that were really
accepting 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 the
global support that was to come and the journey that was ahead of us." Although
Heavee makes music with the dancefloor firmly in mind, the sheer quality of his music
transcends that space. So sit back and enjoy the next chapter in the Teklife story.
Traxman - Tekvision
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Teklife)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
A leading figure and respected elder in the Teklife family, Traxman has waited
patientlywhile releases from young upstarts like Taso and Dj Earl have been enjoyed by
footwork lovers all over the world. Now the time has come for Traxman to take centre
stage, presenting a collection of new material that demonstrates his mastery of the
footwork sound. Tekvision arrives hot on the heels of Teklife 005: Greenlight by DJ
Manny, bringing an interesting contrast of production methods and styles. A prodigious
crate digger, Traxman has provided the sample sources for many of Footwork's classic
tracks over the years. So while DJ Manny recorded the majority of the vocals on
Greenlight himself, Traxman uses his expert sample flipping techniques to add the human
element to his productions. Traxman is a mainstay of the Chicago underground, with a
discography 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 figure
during 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 of
Juke and Footwork music. Be Gagen feat DJ Earl is a beautiful opening track, with a
soulful, melancholic synth unfolding patiently over a half-speed beat. When the bass kicks
in after 1 minute 10 seconds it has a profoundly uplifting effect, and the late arriving vocal
rounds off the composition perfectly. Many of the tracks demonstrate brilliant and playful
manipulation of vocal snippets, with Let Me Get Up and Control Ya Bitchezzz among the
finest examples of this art. Finally, Tone Deaf and Whop Line show yet another side to
Traxman'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 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.
Taso - New Start
New Start
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Teklife)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Teklife Records are ready to drop their third release: New Start by Taso. The 7 track LP features collaborations with DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Gant-Man, DJ Tre, DJ Manny, DJ Taye and DJ Earl. New Start follows on from a highly coveted vinyl edition, critical acclaim and strong DJ Support for Open Your Eyes by DJ Earl. Once again, the spirit of collaboration is a key element: Teklife is a closely connected group of friends, working together harmoniously, and pushing each other to greater heights and depths through a shared love of footwork music. Smoke Dat Green, Taso’s collaboration with DJ Earl, was featured on Open Your Eyes, and now Taso himself takes centre stage for the next instalment, presenting unreleased classics alongside brand new footwork sounds. An accomplished DJ and MC, Taso frequently appears alongside Spinn at Teklife showcases all over the world. But despite a busy touring schedule, Taso never stops making beats. A multi-instrumentalist with a degree in audio engineering, Taso fuses raw musical talent with technical expertise. Since January this year, he has released an impressive 8 volumes of the Cold Heat EP series, bringing together a whole range of musical styles and moods through his MPC at 160 BPM. This versatility and willingness to draw inspiration from different sources is evident throughout the New Start LP. The title track is sultry and soulful, with Rashad and Spinn’s masterful influence clearly present. Don’t Get Mad provides a stark contrast: a dancefloor-orientated hype track featuring an on point vocal by Gant-Man. Bussin featuring DJ Manny and DJ Tre sounds like a love letter from footwork to jungle music. Over on the flip side, we start off with AM Track: another beautifully crafted classic featuring DJ Rashad and Dj Spinn. In the Green Room featuring Dj Taye is a muscular, speaker-rattling West Coast jam, and Murda Bass takes its cue from golden era UK Dubstep. The heavily - filtered final notes of De Capo Al Coda featuring DJ Earl round off a diverse but consistently high quality outing from Taso and the Teklife family. Message from Taso: “Thank you and much respect for supporting Teklife music. Without you there is no us. This record is dedicated to DJ Rashad and his family.”
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.
V.A. - Afterlife
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Teklife)
29,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Electronic / Dance
"Teklife presents Afterlife, the first release on the new Teklife Records label. The album is a celebration of the life and music of the late, great DJ Rashad and features 15 previously unreleased tracks, each a collaboration between DJ Rashad and friends from the Teklife crew and beyond. A limited edition double vinyl will accompany the digital release.

Afterlife is testament to an incredible breadth of influences and love of music with soul, hip-hop, house, techno and many more all brought together at 160bpm. Rashad's presence is felt throughout in the boundless energy and creativity which run through the album, whilst each collaborator brings their personal touch to the compositions.

With such a prolific body of work as both a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians, it would be impossible to present a definitive collection of DJ Rashad's music and many many classics will remain unreleased for ever.

Afterlife is our tribute to our friend and our inspiration. Rest In Peace DJ Rashad.

A percentage of the profits from the album will be donated to Rashad’s family.
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