In 2017, foundational Chicago footwork collective and record label Teklife dropped On Life, a compilation highlighting all the producers in its wider family. That record became a series, and the new On Life: Vol. 3 arrives four years after the second chapter. Given the engrossing sounds it contains and the growth in Teklife’s ranks of […]
Footwork music’s whimsical, tempestuous take on house wouldn’t exist without Chicago producer Kavain Space, better known as RP Boo. In the mid-90s, he drew from his experience DJing for House-O-Matics dancers to devise skittish, hyperactive tracks that proved too puzzling for Dance Mania, a staple label of the scene that provided a home for the […]
Though live shows are returning, there’s no safer way to support artists and labels than buying music online.
Manuel Gaines, who performs as DJ Manny, was ten years old when he first heard footwork music at a party. Before long, the Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based producer met two titans of the genre, DJ Spinn and the late DJ Rashad, with whom he eventually collaborated on a handful of tracks. Manny has multiple releases under his […]
“Something with the culture just instantly made sense, coming from a punk background. I think footwork music is pretty subversive. It’s raw.”
The Green Music Fest catches Dave Mata’s Royal Hands, Bric-a-Brac Records celebrates four years, and more.
Sirr Tmo’s production work has been derailed by a computer failure, but Saturday’s Mucho Culo dance party will help him raise funds for new equipment.
DJ Manny is one of footwork’s best and brightest, and he proves it again on the title track from his latest seven-inch.
This week’s gig poster was created by local artist Andy Burkholder.
Jill Flanagan of Forced Into Femininity takes her underground scene to task, the Era throw a listening party for their first ‘footwork mixtape,’ and more.
Here’s hoping DJ Earl spins “Grind,” his collaboration with NYC rapper Wiki, when he plays Subterranean’s downstairs lounge on Saturday.
Pitchfork afterparties: There’s no Bitchpork this year, but there is Rotted Tooth, plus plenty more.