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Bangs & Works Vol.1

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After releasing albums by DJ Nate and DJ Roc, plus an EP by DJ Rashad, Planet Mu are proud to present their first compilation of music from the competitive world of Chicago’s 'footwork' scene.
 
To those that don’t know, 'footwork' is a hyper rhythmic, abstract dance music, pitched around 160bpm, that largely consists of a template of cut-up samples and phrases that are twisted into repetitive rhythms & shapes, to offbeat, syncopated drum machine patterns and pumping sub-bass lines.

Until now, bar a few low key vinyl 12”s and local mix cds plus tracks posted on sites like youtube and imeem, 'footwork' has remained very local to Chicago. Although it's an evolution from the dominant form of house music in Chicago since the mid 90’s - ‘Juke’ or ‘Ghetto house’, it’s a splinter scene you won’t hear on local radio. Instead, the scene is based around competitive dances in vacant warehouses, karate gyms and youtube where you will find DJs providing the soundtrack for a circle of spectators surrounding combatants or ‘footworkers’ battling each other with their legs, using the particular style of high-speed, combat-dancing that Chicago has created in isolation.
 
The music on this compilation covers a spectrum of the music producers, from RP Boo, whose track ‘Baby Come On’ in the late 90’s is regarded as the first footwork release, to established producers who have come through the Ghetto house scene such as DJ Roc, DJ Spinn, Traxman, DJ Clent and DJ Rashad. To contrast, as well as the established DJs, Planet Mu have picked a number of young producers whose music is less known, and whose exposure has come more through using social networking sites and youtube than through the established networks of the local footworking scene. These producers are DJ Nate, DJ Diamond, DJ Elmoe, Tha Pope, DJ Killa E, DJ Lil Rome, Yung Tellem & DJ Trouble.
 
Footwork is a utilitarian music, and although the tracks here have around the same tempo, different producers have singular styles. In reflection to the dancing it inspires, the rough, aggressive exterior of the music, with its dark themes and terms of combat, gives way to an incredible gracefulness at times, often combining intricate double-time abstracted drums with lush textures and choppy abstract sounds and a distinct way of salvaging popular music past and present and putting it to good use by cutting it up into futuristic, angular shapes.
 
First time listeners may find the music bewildering, but the way the music utilizes recognizable features in unrecognizable ways is extraordinary: film themes spread over the top of drums give the music a liquid grace, techno gives it a frantic darkness, hip hop samples at half-speed create futuristic funk templates and freshen up stale breaks and chipmunked r&b samples often give the music a hallucinatory, otherworldly feel.

We’re very proud to present this important document.

(Full sleeve notes and artist interviews by blogger and scene archiver Dave Quam).


Bangs & Works Vol.1

  • Artists: Various
  • Title: Bangs & Works Vol.1
  • Released: Dec 06, 2010
  • Reviews: 7 Reviews

Listen & Buy

Collection (25 Tracks) : £10.00 Out of Stock
Play 1. DJ Elmoe - Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead Man
Play 2. DJ Rashad - Teknitian
Play 3. Tha Pope - Jungle Juke
Play 4. DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
Play 5. DJ Roc - Fuck Dat
Play 6. RP Boo - Total Darkness
Play 7. DJ Spinn - 2020
Play 8. Tha Pope - All The Things
Play 9. DJ Killa E - Star Wars
Play 10. DJ Roc - One Blood
Play 11. RP Boo - Eraser
Play 12. DJ Lil Rome & DJ Yung Tellem - Kill Da Circle
Play 13. DJ Trouble - Bangs & Works
Play 14. DJ Trouble - Fuck Um Up Jus Basics
Play 15. DJ Elmoe - Yo Shit Fucked Up
Play 16. DJ Yung Tellem - Freddy Vs Jason
Play 17. DJ Trouble - Mosh Pit
Play 18. Traxman - Compute Funk
Play 19. DJ Lil Rome - I Go Hard
Play 20. DJ Diamond - Ready Mother Fucka
Play 21. DJ Diamond - Freakazoid
Play 22. DJ Nate - Ima Dog
Play 23. DJ Clent - I Love You
Play 24. DJ Nate - He Ain't Bout It
Play 25. Traxman - The Comeback
Collection (25 Tracks) : £14.00 add to basket
Play a-1. DJ Elmoe - Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead Man
Play a-2. DJ Rashad - Teknitian
Play a-3. Tha Pope - Jungle Juke
Play a-4. DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
Play b-1. DJ Roc - Fuck Dat
Play b-2. RP Boo - Total Darkness
Play b-3. DJ Spinn - 2020
Play b-4. Tha Pope - All The Things
Play b-5. DJ Killa E - Star Wars
Play c-1. DJ Roc - One Blood
Play c-2. RP Boo - Eraser
Play c-3. DJ Lil Rome & DJ Yung Tellem - Kill Da Circle
Play c-4. DJ Lil Rome - I Go Hard
Play d-1. DJ Trouble - Bangs & Works
Play d-2. DJ Trouble - Fuck Um Up Jus Basics
Play d-3. DJ Elmoe - Yo Shit Fucked Up
Play d-4. DJ Yung Tellem - Freddy Vs Jason
Play e-1. DJ Trouble - Mosh Pit
Play e-2. Traxman - Compute Funk
Play e-3. DJ Diamond - Ready Mother Fucka
Play e-4. DJ Diamond - Freakazoid
Play f-1. DJ Nate - Ima Dog
Play f-2. DJ Clent - I Love You
Play f-3. DJ Nate - He Ain't Bout It
Play f-4. Traxman - The Comeback
Collection (25 Tracks) : £6.25 add to basket
Individual tracks: £0.99
Play 1. DJ Elmoe - Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead Man [£0.99] Buy
Play 2. DJ Rashad - Teknitian [£0.99] Buy
Play 3. Tha Pope - Jungle Juke [£0.99] Buy
Play 4. DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite [£0.99] Buy
Play 5. DJ Roc - Fuck Dat [£0.99] Buy
Play 6. RP Boo - Total Darkness [£0.99] Buy
Play 7. DJ Spinn - 2020 [£0.99] Buy
Play 8. Tha Pope - All The Things [£0.99] Buy
Play 9. DJ Killa E - Star Wars [£0.99] Buy
Play 10. DJ Roc - One Blood [£0.99] Buy
Play 11. RP Boo - Eraser [£0.99] Buy
Play 12. DJ Lil Rome & DJ Yung Tellem - Kill Da Circle [£0.99] Buy
Play 13. DJ Trouble - Bangs & Works [£0.99] Buy
Play 14. DJ Trouble - Fuck Um Up Jus Basics [£0.99] Buy
Play 15. DJ Elmoe - Yo Shit Fucked Up [£0.99] Buy
Play 16. DJ Yung Tellem - Freddy Vs Jason [£0.99] Buy
Play 17. DJ Trouble - Mosh Pit [£0.99] Buy
Play 18. Traxman - Compute Funk [£0.99] Buy
Play 19. DJ Lil Rome - I Go Hard [£0.99] Buy
Play 20. DJ Diamond - Ready Mother Fucka [£0.99] Buy
Play 21. DJ Diamond - Freakazoid [£0.99] Buy
Play 22. DJ Nate - Ima Dog [£0.99] Buy
Play 23. DJ Clent - I Love You [£0.99] Buy
Play 24. DJ Nate - He Ain't Bout It [£0.99] Buy
Play 25. Traxman - The Comeback [£0.99] Buy
Collection (25 Tracks) : £8.25 add to basket
Individual tracks: £1.48
Play 1. DJ Elmoe - Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead Man [£1.48] Buy
Play 2. DJ Rashad - Teknitian [£1.48] Buy
Play 3. Tha Pope - Jungle Juke [£1.48] Buy
Play 4. DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite [£1.48] Buy
Play 5. DJ Roc - Fuck Dat [£1.48] Buy
Play 6. RP Boo - Total Darkness [£1.48] Buy
Play 7. DJ Spinn - 2020 [£1.48] Buy
Play 8. Tha Pope - All The Things [£1.48] Buy
Play 9. DJ Killa E - Star Wars [£1.48] Buy
Play 10. DJ Roc - One Blood [£1.48] Buy
Play 11. RP Boo - Eraser [£1.48] Buy
Play 12. DJ Lil Rome & DJ Yung Tellem - Kill Da Circle [£1.48] Buy
Play 13. DJ Trouble - Bangs & Works [£1.48] Buy
Play 14. DJ Trouble - Fuck Um Up Jus Basics [£1.48] Buy
Play 15. DJ Elmoe - Yo Shit Fucked Up [£1.48] Buy
Play 16. DJ Yung Tellem - Freddy Vs Jason [£1.48] Buy
Play 17. DJ Trouble - Mosh Pit [£1.48] Buy
Play 18. Traxman - Compute Funk [£1.48] Buy
Play 19. DJ Lil Rome - I Go Hard [£1.48] Buy
Play 20. DJ Diamond - Ready Mother Fucka [£1.48] Buy
Play 21. DJ Diamond - Freakazoid [£1.48] Buy
Play 22. DJ Nate - Ima Dog [£1.48] Buy
Play 23. DJ Clent - I Love You [£1.48] Buy
Play 24. DJ Nate - He Ain't Bout It [£1.48] Buy
Play 25. Traxman - The Comeback [£1.48] Buy