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Open your Eyes by DJ Earl.
From the opening notes of Smoke that Reggie and throughout the 8 track record, DJ Earl lays down expertly crafted footwork rhythms filled with wavey synths and killer vocal hooks.
Every track on Open Your Eyes is a collaboration- as DJ Earl teams up with other Teklife members from his native Chicago and beyond.
The cover art has been provided by Shepard Fairey, a long-time friend and mentor of Ashes57. It is an honour to have his iconic Obey artwork adorning a Teklife record. The limited edition vinyl is available to preorder now.
Teklife’s debut release, Afterlife, celebrated the life and music of the late, great DJ Rashad. Afterlife received widespread critical acclaim and DJ support from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Kode 9. The first press vinyl sold out in no time, and a second edition is on the way.
For Teklife’s follow up release, DJ Earl takes centre stage. A leading figure in the footwork movement, and long time collaborator with DJ Rashad, DJ Earl is a key member of the Teklife family.
Open Your Eyes is a brutally strong EP filled with future classics. Moods range from the mellow-toned Smoke That Green feat Taso, to the high octane funk of Let’s Work feat Moondoctor & OPN. It’s hard to pick a stand out track, although Ratchet deserves a special mention for guaranteed dance floor destruction. A special shout out goes to OPN, who worked closely with Earl on this project.
Message from Dj Earl: ‘This record took 2 years to complete and a lot of hard work to get right. I hope it gets people excited about the music we are making and about Teklife Records.’
1. Smoking Reggie feat. MoonDoctor & OPN
2. Smoke Dat Green feat. Taso
3. Lotta A$$ feat. DJ Manny & DJ Taye
4. Fukk It Up feat. DJ Manny & DJ Taye
5. Rachett feat. MoonDoctor & OPN
6. Drumatic feat. MoonDoctor
7. Let's Work feat. MoonDoctor & OPN
8. All INN feat. Suzi Analogue
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Greenlight by DJ Manny is the fifth release from TEKLIFE Records.
This 10 track LP is a masterclass in footwork production by one of TEKLIFE’s leading figures. Born and raised in Harvey on the South-Side of Chicago, DJ Manny has been footworking since the age of ten. The Footwork sound has developed in unison with the dance style that accompanies it, and Manny embodies this synergy.
DJ Manny is without doubt one of the best dancers on the scene, harnessing control, grace and power in every movement. So when he steps into the studio,he knows instinctively how to create tracks that make you want to move your feet. Instead of relying on chopped up samples, DJ Manny is more inclined to pickup the microphone himself, and this gives Greenlight an original and individual personality. On the opening track titled Way you Move, his flow is soulful and almost verging on melodic. His laid back drawl sounds equally great on club bangers like Life in This Bitch and If U Want It.
As a young man, DJ Manny was the protégé of the late great DJ Rashad, and Rashad’s influence reverberates through classic - sounding footwork tracks like Boop Me Down and I’ll Hurt Ya Baby. Elsewhere on Greenlight, DJ Manny explores different moods to great effect. Ghost Out is atmospheric and menacing, with a sparse, minimal rhythm and fearsome low end pulsing through siren synths. Life In This Bitch is a defiant statement of self-affirmation, and Zancrash feat.
DJ Taye is uplifting and dreamy, with complex rhythmic patterns evocative of vintage jungle records. DJ Taye makes a significant contribution to this record, collaborating with DJ Manny on 5 productions including the title track.
A fellow TEKLIFE squad member, Taye is a highly accomplished producer in his own right; Expect to hear more from him very soon on HYPERDUB Records.
Greenlight also features guest appearances from DJ Lucky, DJ Chap and Sucia.
1. Way You Move Featuring Dj Chap
2. You Looking Good Featuring Sucia
3. Like That
4. Zancrash Featuring Dj Taye
5. Boop Me Down Featuring Dj Lucky
1. Ghost Out
2. I’ll Hurt Ya Baby Featuring Dj Lucky And Dj Taye
3. Life In This Bitch Featuring Dj Taye
4. If U Want It Featuring Dj Taye
5. Greenlight (Wanna Go) Featuring Dj Taye
PLEASE NOTE ALL LPs COME WITH A DOWNLOAD CARD
£29.99340 page softcover. 802 photographs. 8.5” x 11.5” (216 x 279mm). Hand-numbered and signed edition of 250. Includes stickers, signed print, and inserts.Visit product page →
Ashes57 marks the 5th anniversary of DJ Rashad’s untimely passing in a heavyweight book of photos of the late, great footwork pioneer and friends, taken from tours and shows between 2011 and 2014.
Known for a larger than life personality that blazed through both in his productions and in person, DJ Rashad was among the South Chicago spearheads who morphed Juke, an accelerated form of ghetto house, into the hi-tek style of footwork during the first decade of the 2000s.
His legacy lives on in the styles of myriad footwork producers nowadays, as well as through the Teklife label he established with the US Footwork cognoscenti, and now in this lovingly curated book of photographs by his peer and friend Ashes57.
The book chronologically documents Ashes57 and Rashad’s time together at shows and on the road, with written reflections by the photographer accompanied and illustrated by images shot in both colour and black & white in her characteristic, candid and gonzo style that catches the energy of his shows and the artist in person. It’s evidently a fine tribute to a hugely important and sadly departed figurehead of modern club music.
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Legendary Chicagoan General Juke aka Gant-Man returns with Distorted Sensory, his brand new acid house adventure. A longtime veteran who’s been behind the decks since before he was even a teen, he’s been an essential part of Chicago dance music history since the Dance Mania days in the mid 90s, and a major pioneer in jumpstarting the juke movement that followed.
This new single, and his debut solo release on the Teklife imprint explores the time honored tradition of jacking, channeling the very essence of house music though a modern lens. Employing an enigmatic 303 bassline that mutates and breathes as if it were alive, Gant plays malicious melodies that run up and down octaves in a freaky, hallucinatory manner. Squelchy synth movements are met by eerie FM tones, reminiscent of Cajmere’s classic Chicago staple the Percolator. A rugged 909 drum kit bangs the track along in true jacking fashion, making it the perfect tool for shaking the floors of dark, sweaty warehouses.
In addition to the original, two of the UK’s finest contribute remixes as well. Hyperdub boss Kode9 puts things into overdrive with his 160 BPM warped vision of Gant’s acid, sliced up to appeal more to the footworkers and fans of psycho tempos. Dubstep pioneer Loefah strips back the original percussion and lets the 303s float over a cloud of deep sub bass, adorned with lovely splashes of rolling snares and micro percussion.
With an array of stone cold classics under his belt, from ghetto house anthem Juke Dat Girl to his brilliant collabs with the late DJ Rashad Heaven Sent and Juke Dat Juke Dat, Gant-Man is a true renaissance man.
For over 20 years, he’s consistently shown the world the complexity that makes up his city’s dance culture, never sticking to one area or tempo.
Distorted Sensory is a beautiful celebration of Chicago house music, a return to its true raw design, and a reminder of just how timeless an art form it really is.
2.Distorted Sensory (Kode9 remix)
1.Distorted Sensory (Loefah's South Side Remix )
£11.99The 8 track album features new collaborations with DJ Phil, Gantman, DJ Paypal, and Sirr Tmo, and a previously unreleased classic from 2013, co-written with DJ Rashad. WFM will be available in Vinyl and digital formats on September 7th 2018.Visit product page →
Listening to WFM, the first thing that jumps out at you is Heavee’s masterful use of synthesizers and sound design. You get the sense that these elements have been lovingly crafted during countless hours of sonic experimentation and invention in the studio.
As Heavee explains, the primary focus on synths represents a departure from his usual creative process: “Usually in my method of production, synths or sounds come somewhat close to last, likely after I find structure or rhythm. Basically, it’s not something I particularly go for first, but this time around they became the building blocks”.
Heavee has made a conscious decision to challenge himself, adopting a different approach to his past productions. In doing so, he moves away from the familiar sampling techniques which characterised his earlier work: “I am a child of the last days of ghetto house culture as it shifted into juke/footwork. My parents, aunties, and uncles played house and ghetto house music at family functions, BBQs and house parties. That’s my roots and where I came from.
However, on this record, I chose to stray away from vocal samples, to give myself room to grow in different areas.” Heavee finds his voice in emphatic fashion on Cloud Ride feat. DJ Phil. His lyrical content and flow are on point as the track flips seamlessly from hip hop to footwork and back again. DJ Phil features on 3 tracks in total, a reflection of Heavee and Phil’s close friendship and musical connection.
As Heavee explains: “Phil’s studio is a safe space for me. Whether he is in the room or not, I don’t feel weird about trying something that might be silly, taking it to the next level, or coming from a place of pure inspiration. Phil has historical, musical and cultural knowledge relevant to Chicago.
He shares a lot of invaluable knowledge with me” WFM features It’s Wack a classic collaboration with DJ Rashad that still sounds fresh today. Heavee remembers how Rashad would always stay connected, even during his relentless touring schedule: “We’d get calls no matter where he was. We would talk about everything!
He ALWAYS had new info; what new music was popping, scenes that were really accepting or supportive of what we were doing, blends that made the party go off, sites, adventures and just fuel us with support from him and give us living proof of the global support that was to come and the journey that was ahead of us.” Although Heavee makes music with the dancefloor firmly in mind, the sheer quality of his music transcends that space.
So sit back and enjoy the next chapter in the Teklife story. All that remains is for Heavee to sign out with a message for the worldwide Teklife family: “First, Thank you to everyone who supports what I do as an Individual, and Teklife Music as an entirety. You don’t understand how much your support means to us, it literally keeps us moving.
The takeover is far from over! Second, thank you to everyone involved in this project, I couldn’t have made it without you. This process taught me so much about what it takes to become the person you want to be. It starts inside of you, and you have to really work for it, you can’t wait and wonder. I feel beyond blessed to present this gift to the world, walking this journey of self -discovery through music with you!!!”
1. WFM - Gant-Man, DJ Paypal, DJ Phil, Sirr Tmo HEAVEE
2. Move Back - DJ Phil, HEAVEE
3. It's Wack - DJ Rashad, HEAVEE
4. Big Body Bass - HEAVEE
5. Cloud Ride - Dj Phil, HEAVEE
6. What U Waiting For - Sirr Tmo, HEAVEE
7. So High - DJ Paypal, HEAVEE
8. Scream at Me - Gant-Man, DJ Paypal, Sirr Tmo HEAVEE
Release Date: 07/09/2018
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Montreal-based producer & DJ Slick Shoota brings us Function, his debut LP and first solo release on the Teklife imprint. A native of Norway known for his renowned Oslo club night Ball Em Up, he’s been a member of the elite crew since 2015, contributing tracks to the label’s compilations such as On Life Vol. 2 and VIP Trax.
Using a unique palate that combines both traditional footwork drums and eclectic otherworld sonics, this album expands on the signature sound he’s been brewing during the course of his career, celebrating his longtime love of the Chicago soundscape, with a healthy helping of UK rave, jungle, and vibes from other fast paced club realms. Slick starts the record off with Hovercraft, a big burly mutant rap beat riding a glowing titanic wave of jungle subbass, with vicious hi-hats stabbing through the mix.
Desire Path follows with hysterical horns cruising along a stampede of erratic Chicago percussion. A glitchy, malfunctioning computer meets drumline stomps on See Me Flex, resulting in a psychotic, yet psychedelic sci-fi soundscape.
Ultra-distorted hardcore kicks open up Jellyneck, dropping straight into a dungeon of ghostly vocals and headlong toms. Warehouse 2K opens up the B-side with R&B chops and lasers floating on a charming cloud of pulsating pads. Mad doppler sirens loop around your head on Delahaze, as distant clangs and crashes fight an impatient, throbbing bassline.
Classic rave atmospheres are met with Slick’s elegant sound design on MTL Hardcore, his ode to his adoptive city. The album closes off with Special Tek, channeling the signature quirky drum sounds of the late DJ Rashad over a pounding, fast paced house beat, a wonderful nod to the Windy City and its influential sonic culture.
Carving out his own sound from the legacies of Chicago, the UK, and other underground club hotspots, Slick Shoota has found his own recognizable voice within these realms of dance music, and this LP serves as documentation of that solidified voice. Years of studying the masters and immersing himself with their work has clearly paid off, and he’s respectfully taking these sounds he loves in exciting new directions.
Bridging gaps both historical and geographical, Function marks a pivotal point in his career, and is clear evidence that Slick Shoota is vital member of the legendary Teklife family.
2. Desire Path
3. See Me Flex
5. Warehouse 2k
7. Mtl Hardcore
8. Special Tek
£11.99Teklife Records are ready to drop their third release: New Start by Taso. The 7 track LP features collaborations with DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Gant-Man, DJ Tre, DJ Manny, DJ Taye and DJ Earl. New Start follows on from a highly coveted vinyl edition, critical acclaim and strong DJ Support for Open Your Eyes by DJ Earl.Visit product page →
Once again, the spirit of collaboration is a key element: Teklife is a closely connected group of friends, working together harmoniously, and pushing each other to greater heights and depths through a shared love of footwork music. Smoke Dat Green, Taso’s collaboration with DJ Earl, was featured on Open Your Eyes, and now Taso himself takes centre stage for the next instalment, presenting unreleased classics alongside brand new footwork sounds.
An accomplished DJ and MC, Taso frequently appears alongside Spinn at Teklife showcases all over the world. But despite a busy touring schedule, Taso never stops making beats. A multi-instrumentalist with a degree in audio engineering, Taso fuses raw musical talent with technical expertise. Since January this year, he has released an impressive 8 volumes of the Cold Heat EP series, bringing together a whole range of musical styles and moods through his MPC at 160 BPM.
This versatility and willingness to draw inspiration from different sources is evident throughout the New Start LP. The title track is sultry and soulful, with Rashad and Spinn’s masterful influence clearly present. Don’t Get Mad provides a stark contrast: a dancefloor-orientated hype track featuring an on point vocal by Gant-Man. Bussin featuring DJ Manny and DJ Tre sounds like a love letter from footwork to jungle music.
Over on the flip side, we start off with AM Track: another beautifully crafted classic featuring DJ Rashad and Dj Spinn. In the Green Room featuring Dj Taye is a muscular, speaker-rattling West Coast jam, and Murda Bass takes its cue from golden era UK Dubstep. The heavily - filtered final notes of De Capo Al Coda featuring DJ Earl round off a diverse but consistently high quality outing from Taso and the Teklife family.
Message from Taso: “Thank you and much respect for supporting Teklife music. Without you there is no us. This record is dedicated to DJ Rashad and his family.”
1. New Start (Featuring DJ RASHAD, DJ SPINN, TASO)
2. Don't Get Mad (Featuring GANT-MAN)
3. Bussin (Featuring DJ MANNY, DJ TRE)
4. AM TRACK (Featuring DJ RASHAD, DJ SPINN)
5. In The Green Room (Featuring DJ TAYE)
6. Murda Bass
7. da Capo al Coda (Featuring DJ EARL)
£12.49Tekvision Volume 1 was a stone cold classic, with Rolling Stone charting it at #3 in their top 20 EDM records of 2017. Two years on, Cornelius ‘Traxman’ Ferguson returns with the second instalment, featuring 7 exceptional new Footwork productions.Visit product page →
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.
1. IT'S LASTING BASS
2. LET ME SEE YOU NAKED (Feat. DJ Juicy)
3. WORK DAT MUTHA FUCKA (footwork remixx) (Feat.Steve Poindexter)
4. TO DA HOZZZZ (remixx)(Feat. DJ Deeon)
5. 4 DA LYFE
6. WILDCARD (Feat. Jana Rush)
Release Date: 05/07/2019
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A leading figure and respected elder in the Teklife family, Traxman has waited patiently while 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.
1. Be Gagen (Feat DJ Earl)
2. Drop It Down
3. Control Ya Bitchezzz
4. Gone Girl
1. Tone Deaf
2. Let Me Get Up
3. Twist Da Party Out
4. Whop Line
Release Date: 03/11/2017
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Teklife presents Afterlife, the first release on the new Teklife Records label.
The album is a celebration of the life and music of the late, great DJ Rashad and features 15 previously unreleased tracks, each a collaboration between DJ Rashad and friends from the Teklife crew and beyond. A limited edition double vinyl will accompany the digital release.
Afterlife is testament to an incredible breadth of influences and love of music with soul, hip-hop, house, techno and many more all brought together at 160bpm. Rashad's presence is felt throughout in the boundless energy and creativity which run through the album, whilst each collaborator brings their personal touch to the compositions.
With such a prolific body of work as both a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians, it would be impossible to present a definitive collection of DJ Rashad's music and many many classics will remain unreleased for ever.
Afterlife is our tribute to our friend and our inspiration. Rest In Peace DJ Rashad.
A percentage of the profits from the album will be donated to Rashad’s family.
1. Roll Up That Loud - Dj Rashad X Dj Spinn X Taso,
2. Get Fuk'd Up - Dj Rashad X Gant-man ,
3. Let's Roll Out - Dj Rashad X Dj Manny X Dj Spinn,
4. Come Close - Dj Rashad X Dj Phil,
5. Wear Her Pussy Out - Dj Rashad X Dj Earl
6. Oh God - Dj Rashad X Dj Spinn,
7. Ratchet City - Dj Rashad X Gant-man X Dj Manny,
8. Get You Burnt - Dj Rashad X Dj Taye ,
9. Pass That - Dj Rashad X Tripletrain X Dj Spinn,
10. Tony Montana - Dj Rashad X Boylan X Dj Manny ,
11. Yeah We Do This - Dj Rashad X Dj Tre ,
12. Lost Worlds - Dj Rashad X Traxman ,
13. Do U Wanna B Mine - Dj Rashad X Dj Spinn X Dj Paypal (rsp)
14. Roll A Tree - Dj Rashad X Dj Manny
A1. Roll Up That Loud - Dj Rashad X Dj Spinn X Taso
A2. Get Fuk'd Up - Dj Rashad X Gant-man
A3. Lets Roll Out - Dj Rashad X Dj Manny X Dj Spinn
A4. High On Hope - Microglobe X Machinedrum (exclusive To Lp)
B1. Come Close , Dj Rashad X Dj Phil
B2. Wear Her Pussy Out , Dj Rashad X Dj Earl
B3. Oh God, Dj Rashad X Dj Spinn
B4. Ratchet City , Dj Rashad X Gant-man X Dj Manny
C1. Get You Burnt - Dj Rashad X Dj Taye
C2. Pass That, - Dj Rashad X Tripletrain X Dj Spinn
C3. Tony Montana - Dj Rashad X Boylan X Dj Manny
C4. Yeah We Do This - Dj Rashad X Dj Tre
D1. Lost Worlds , Dj Rashad X Traxman
D2. Do U Wanna B Mine, Dj Rashad X Dj Spinn X Dj Paypal (rsp)
D3. Roll A Tree , Dj Rashad X Dj Manny