TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi (Explicit)
by DJ Rashad
Released: Jun 2012
Label: Lit City Trax
Chicago’s juke and footwork styles are famously fast, cheap and out of control, chopping up bawdy rap verses and squealing synth presets over off-kilter breakbeats at breakneck tempos. DJ Rashad’s music is all that, but on the inaugural release for Chicago’s Lit City Trax, it also emphasizes how far out juke and footwork can get. His tightly syncopated beats stretch out teasingly, promising but never delivering release; his looped soul samples, MC chatter and warbling synthesizers create the kind of dizzying frisson that’s rare in overground hip-hop and underground dance music alike.