Watch this. Feel that lump in your throat? When all the handwringing about exploitation begins ï¿½ and there will be plenty of both the former and the latter (somewhere at this very moment a deeply unfair reality show contract is almost certainly being drawn up) ï¿½ letï¿½s not forget why we chase highs like the feeling of watching something that fresh and amazing for the first time. Itï¿½s like finding a trove of unseen Picassos in a flea market, if comparing wastelands like YouTube and the blogosphere to a flea market isnï¿½t too much of an insult to flea markets.
Iï¿½m crazy late to the game, of course ï¿½ people have been doing footwork in Chicago since the late ï¿½80s. It took Planet Muï¿½s Mike Paradinas (a.k.a. u-Ziq) championing the music for me to notice, which isnï¿½t a small thing either. I didnï¿½t think much of DJ Nateï¿½s ï¿½Hatas Our Motivation,ï¿½ Planet Muï¿½s first footwork release, or the stuff on Ghettophiles that I heard. Whereï¿½s the beat? Why are the loops so short? Who wants to turn up the bass with all that distorted middle-range? Whatever magical combination of gabba-like sample stabs, drum machine tom-toms and soul that I wasnï¿½t even hearing as music, Paradinas did. I wonder if he can explain why Iï¿½m the only one who thinks the new Kanye can eat a bag of fuck?
ï¿½Here it comes / the sound of confusionï¿½
ï¿½ ï¿½Walking With Jesus,ï¿½ Spiritualized
My switch got flipped by DJ Rashadï¿½s forthcoming Just A Taste [STREAM], but itï¿½s not out yet, so while you listen to his and DJ Spinnï¿½s disorienting ï¿½Go Crazyï¿½ on loop so many times it turns your cerebral cortex into lumpy yoghurt, download DJ Earlï¿½s ï¿½Hit Da Bootzï¿½ for a basic but compelling example of how to turn an 8Ball & MJG sample into a straight banger. Rashadï¿½s single from earlier this year, ï¿½Itz Not Riteï¿½ is worth a purchase if only to find out what these shits sound like properly mastered. Which is to say, face-melting, like the best early drum ï¿½nï¿½ bass. Or Monk. Donï¿½t you dare laugh.
[DJ Earl LINK via FACTmag; DJ Rashad available via Boomkat/iTunes/etc]