Footwork crews often end up as sideshows to DJs or rappers—but Chicago dancers the Era hope to change that with their first stage production.
Subterranean hosts a benefit show for Mucho Culo, which was based out of a studio destroyed in a July fire.
Inspired by Ferguson protestors clashing with riot police, the local ghetto-house producer drew upon his experience in public housing for his powerful spoken-word contribution to “Ghetto.”
The Chicago producer died before the music he helped define could break out, but he’s still inspiring his Teklife crew—which is releasing a compilation to benefit his young son.
Teklife member and producer DJ Earl recently dropped the sequel to 2012’s Audio Fixx, and it’s got a fast-paced footworking cut that samples Three 6 Mafia cofounder Juicy J.
American Football has influenced many fourth-wave emo bands, and recently the second-wave group has also been a source of inspiration for a couple electronic producers.
Japanese producer Foodman makes the unusual Chicago-bred style sound even stranger on the opening song from his new album, Iroiro.
During an April interview on WNUR’s Streetbeat, local producer DJ Earl described these scenes as ‘blowing up’ in Japan.
Dance Mania Records helped birth ghetto house, juke, and footwork music—now it’s back to court the EDM crowd.
With a shout-out from Chance the Rapper and an upcoming remix from Chief Keef, local rapper DJ Nate is worlds away from his days as a heavy hitter in the juke scene.
DJs Spinn and Rashad rip it up at Sonar
Today’s 12 O’Clock track is an unreleased demo by local psych-juke duo Sich Mang
Chicago house music is the sound of global pop today. In the 90s, though, it was on life support—until a new wave of producers got its groove back.
News and new releases from Absolutely Not, BBU, and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm
Local juke rappers take it back to the golden age.