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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
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£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
£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)
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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