chicago juke: dj nate, dj rashad [R.I.P. 2014], leatherface aka kaptain cadillac, dj roc &c &c

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It's like complaining about a big, brothy, aromatic soup being bland when you're drinking it out of a straw in a closed container.

Clarke B., Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Lovin Chrissy Murderbot and Machinedrum so far - although I only bought these yesterday, so.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

How does the DJ Diamond record compare with the DJ Roc album, DJ Spinn and the Bangs & Works comp (these are the only proper footwork releases I have along with Man I Do It by DJ Spinn FTR), is it markedly different or a departure from that kind of thing??

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

diamonds album is the best 'artist' (or producer) album so far

bangs and works is the best prob but thats a comp so...

but in order id say its

diamond, roc, then nate (who i like some of, but who also sometimes sounds like he has little idea of what hes doing exactly). not included the two rashad albums just cos while theyre good they dont really feel substantial enough and i think rashad has better tracks not included on those two.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

if you like any/all of those I can't see you not liking it - he has most of the same tricks and weird production signifiers as Roc and Nate

I also have a CD of his from I think 2009 that DJ Slugo put out - afaict it's the only other DJ Diamond thing available to buy right now - it's like a 40-track mix, not as batshit rhythm-wise as the stuff on the artist album but still v densely edited/looped/whatever

Amazing pic of the universe! - VERY NSFW (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

rashad has some other albums too from 2009 or so which are cool but i think mu would do a better job of putting an album out from him

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

I guess I find most proper footwork stuff "interesting" rather than something I could sit and enjoy outside of a dancing context. A lot of it's done in Fruityloops I understand, and you can tell. What it reminds me of mostly were the earliest tracks my friend and I used to make in the mid 90s using tracker modules - uncanny really, down to the pitched and sampled vocals and frantic beats. It's kind of a tacky, underproduced sound, but I'm waiting for someone to come along and polish it up - no doubt to major complaints from OG fans - which I guess is what Machinedrum's done recently.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

i wouldnt mind the polishing up, that would be good, but machine drum seems to do that within a totally diff context, one that seems to take out all the ruffness of juke and the hip hop attitude and energy etc. footwork right now seems to be in a kind of mid/late 80s rap phase. im waiting for its version of 90s hip hop come in, when it progresses a bit more and the producers get better. not sure if that will happen though as it doesnt seem like a genre thats really moving forward as such, it just is.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's kind of a tacky, underproduced sound,

this is a big part of the appeal to me. also a lot of the drums sound unquantized to me.

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Thursday, 1 September 2011 15:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

I get the rap comparison, but I also hear a lot of parallels with gabba and nosebleed - a lot of ideas that have been abandoned since those days. Agreed - polish shouldn't be about smoothing things down - if someone were to progress the sound it'd need to retain, perhaps amp up, the adrenaline of the circle.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

not sure if that will happen though as it doesnt seem like a genre thats really moving forward as such, it just is.

Give it a break - Bangs and Works only came out less than a year ago, and already we're seeing external producers (Africa Hitech, Chrissy, Machinedrum, Sully) taking it on as key influence. Definitely see this going forwards - people adding vocals, bigger production. Only a matter of time till a footwork-inspired track gets in the charts I reckon.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's really hard for me to even think of the Machinedrum record as a footwork record. Obviously, I see the elements in it that prompt the comparisons (not to mention its context, record label, etc), but it feels totally different. I like it because it doesn't feel like he's being overly reverential/cautious and trying to make "real" footwork, but nor is it so "IDM-fied" that it feels completely abstracted. I don't get people calling it sterile; there's some real rush-y fiery stuff on it, and some moments of real emotional beauty ("Come1" in particular). I started a thread on it a little while ago, actually:

Machinedrum: Room(s)

Clarke B., Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

the Dude Off 59th Street & Discovery mixes by RP Boo are some of the best footwork releases imo - still haven't heard anything as amazing as Freezaburn or Heavy Heat from anyone else making footwork.

historyyy (prettylikealaindelon), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't compare Machinedrum's stuff to the actual footwork music. Not worth getting bogged down in that argument. That's like comparing Squarepusher and Aphex to Goldie etc. It's footwork-inspired electronica and leave it at that.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Give it a break"

i love this stuff, but isnt it older than we think it is? cos yeah mu picking it up has alerted other producers to footwork, but as far as within the scene/city, i dont think its news anymore, its been going as is for a while now. dont think its on the wane or anything (im not close enough to know though), but i think maybe cos its so small, its hard to tell if there are new guys coming in who could progress it. then again the bangs and works comp seemed to have plenty of names on there so maybe theres more fresh blood than im thinking.

can we stop talking about that bloody machine drum record w/r/t footwork cos thats like including aphex or BOC in a convo about hip hop beats/production in the late 90s.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Haha, sorry "Give it a break" wasn't meant in any aggressive way. But it's only just starting to break out of its own scene-based and largely functional form. The question is, will it do a dubstep - itself at first a very insular scene which went off-the-scale in commerciality over several years?

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

rp boo - discovery
rp boo - 2008

historyyy (prettylikealaindelon), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

no way, it will never do a dubstep. this stuff, and i hate using this phrase cos its loaded, but i think footwork is prob too 'black' to really do a dubstep. dubstep went worldwide and mainstream cos its racially much more neutral. footwork is like grime, in this current climate, its just too hard and street to really crossover. and if i can be selfish, i dont think i want it to do a dubstep actually. if this was the mid 90s, it would have more chance to do a dubstep. or a jungle/drum n bass, rather (which is what its closer to sonically in some ways, though i know you werent talking about how it actually sounds, but jungle somehow managed to get mainstream plaudits/chart action despite being as hard as it was).

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

then again, if someone from UK BASS (ugh) could work some footwork into a poppy song, i dont see why it wouldnt enter the charts. but the chicago guys arent really finessed enough from what ive heard so far to do that on their own. but if benga or skream or someone did a footwork type banger it could prob do alright. im okay with that not happening for a while yet though.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

then again, if someone from UK BASS (ugh) could work some footwork into a poppy song,

This is what I mean - I don't think it's inconceivable at all. Chrissy's sound is already designed for full on party-styles. I mean, the OG dubstep was about 12 guys nodding under hoods in a pitch-black room, and look where that went.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

chrissys stuff is a bit silly though (as already noted upthread), its almost like meta party music, more about how its in love with party music than actually just BEING party music, if that makes sense. or maybe im creating false binaries. and iirc, the main party-hearty songs on chrissys album werent the footwork-y ones, they were the ones that were more like 90s mashups.

og dubstep like idk, horsepower is soft to me lol. i do love golden nugget, but all that dubby garage stuff was pretty boring. footwork is like grime, prob just too weird and hard and lo-fi for people to place right now. and rhythmically people are going to be confused by it. speaking of lo fi, the 1st song on flight muzik sounds like a really poor bit rate mp3!

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

although, if you told me in 2004 that dubstep would be massive, i prob wouldnt have believe you, so whos to say. but back then we all thought grime would blow, not dubstep lol.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

og dubstep like idk, horsepower is soft to me lol. i do love golden nugget, but all that dubby garage stuff was pretty boring.

We've agreed on this in the past IIRC. I remember being convinced there was no commercial worth in dubstep. There was no conceivable way that this slow, unfocused sound could ever reach the charts. But after several major transmutations, it did, and to cut a long story short I had to eat a hat.

Incidentally, titchy, where are you based?

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

im in london man, wbu?

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

"if someone were to progress the sound it'd need to retain, perhaps amp up, the adrenaline of the circle."

this is otm btw

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 17:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm in North Herts, work in London.

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 17:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

no way, it will never do a dubstep. this stuff, and i hate using this phrase cos its loaded, but i think footwork is prob too 'black' to really do a dubstep

RONG

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Thursday, 1 September 2011 17:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

i don't think "too black" is any sort of stop-er-er to something crossing over or going super commercial - even grime cited as a reference technically crossed over i mean i first heard about it from mtv, it just didn't stay. like i want to say "UH RAP + HIP-HOP HI?" but it seems too obvious and maybe i'm not getting the suggestion.

fauxmarc, Thursday, 1 September 2011 17:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Also, I hate to be Mr. Hi-Fi Bore yet again, but how many ITT who aren't much impressed with, say, the Machinedrum record or the DJ Diamond record have only heard soundclips from the Planet Mu website, or YouTube videos, or other similarly fidelity-compromised outlets? I mean shit, this music gets so much of its energy and propulsion and vitality from BASS (I feel like Captain Obvious pointing that out)! It just sounds like skittery pitter-patter without that, and definitely not exciting... There are certain styles of music that I feel just cannot be properly evaluated on small systems.

― Clarke B., Thursday, September 1, 2011 7:42 AM Bookmark

I've been listening to the Machinedrum record on a good system and still think it's boring. I like the DJ Diamond tho.

markers aurelius (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 September 2011 18:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

"like i want to say "UH RAP + HIP-HOP HI?" but it seems too obvious and maybe i'm not getting the suggestion."

rap made its inroads/developed itself in a diff era

plus juke is dance music

it will prob break out as much as ghettotech did

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 18:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

I can def see footwork nights getting popular in the UK - possibly with its own homegrown scene - developing out of disenchanted dubsteppers wanting to hear the next thing. Already so many producers are doing this melting pot thing where they'll try their hand at future garage, funky, dubstep, grime etc - what's stopping footwork creeping in?

It was a Thursday night. I was working late... (dog latin), Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

audiences who don't have any footwork?

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

plus juke is dance music

uhm ... you mean it's a kind of techno or something? because disco is "dance music" too.

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think he was making a comparison to hip-hop

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Thursday, 1 September 2011 20:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

sure disco was dance music but it was song based dance music

anyway using disco in this sort of argument is pretty wtf cos dance music hasnt really sounded like 70s disco since ummm the 70s

if juke had a load of 'watch my feets' your disco or even hip hop point could work but juke/footwork isnt that kind of music

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 1 September 2011 20:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

so ... is "watch my feet" dance music or song music?

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Thursday, 1 September 2011 21:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

also, song-based ... compared to what?

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Thursday, 1 September 2011 22:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

also footwork IS that kind

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Thursday, 1 September 2011 22:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

oops meant to delete that

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Thursday, 1 September 2011 22:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

anyway the more i think about it the more the comparison seems apt, a small group of regional producers reformatting a popular music to suit the needs of a particular social use for the music

now that is really just the script for the birth of any new genre, but i think it's relevant because the popular musics are related (soul & funk vs hip hop & r+b) and the reformatting method is based on "tape" edits in both cases, though the resulting sound is almost diametrically opposed (super long build and sustain in disco vs super choppy and abrupt in footwork)

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Thursday, 1 September 2011 22:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

also the social use aspect is similar - both have their roots in very functional dancefloor concerns

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Thursday, 1 September 2011 22:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Bangs & Works 2 out soon according to Boomkat... It'll be interesting to see what's in store.

dog latin, Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

i've had this mix on my ipod waiting to listen to, although an hour of juke is a lot of juke: http://kidkameleon.com/2011/10/footwork-mix/ (download link seems to be down atm)

this is unusual for batman. (Jordan), Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

one of chicago's bigger rising rappers has a couple juke rmxes on the youtube. no idea how these qualify as far as quality but they're likely 'authentically' chicago bedroom production deals

The boyboy young jess (D-40), Wednesday, 26 October 2011 17:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

"DJ T-Why on the track"

(3 tunes on Bangs & Works Vol. 2, but a ton of just-as-good and even better stuff on his Soundcloud page, each clocking in at 1:34 long (ie. same grid, same tempo, same # of bars--they flow well from one-->next)

http://soundcloud.com/djtwhy

"I think I relate to the Lawrence one the most." (Craig D.), Thursday, 27 October 2011 07:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

i burned out after the first page. sounds great but that is a relentless amount of juke tracks.

this is unusual for batman. (Jordan), Thursday, 27 October 2011 18:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

dj nate is great

flopson, Friday, 28 October 2011 05:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

really digging this comp - much more than the first one.

Glo-Vember (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 16:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

'Bangs & Works 2' = great, totally overlooked it until very recently, have fallen totally for DJ MC - 'Y Fall', something about the incongruity of the downtempo repeated natural/vocal thing, off against the kung-fu computer game sample swooshing broken rhythm reminds me of great 80s Chicago house moods = double thumbs up.

Yeah Yeah Bohney (Craigo Boingo), Monday, 16 January 2012 12:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah it's incredible

flopson, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:23 (2 years ago) Permalink


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