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Traxman - Tekvision Volume 2
Traxman
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.
Traxman - Tekvision
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
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