The Best of Footwork in 2015: Part Two

The Best of Footwork in 2015: Part Two

The Best of Footwork in 2015: Part Two

2015 was a colossal year for footwork, with the rise of Indiana producer Jlin, the continued rise of Teklife’s next generation and the ever-growing expansion of footwork around the globe. 2015 also featured outstanding releases from footwork’s more established artists such as DJ Spinn and DJ Clent, and an exceptional posthumous release from DJ Rashad. In part two we look back at the best of footwork in the second half of 2015, and what to look forward to in 2016.

 

July

You Never Show YourLove

Then:
Hyperdub brings together Jessy Lanza, Spinn and Taso for single ‘You Never Show Your Love’, in which glowing g-funk instrumentation attaches itself to Lanza’s alluring vocals. DJ Rashad’s remix sends the song to dizzying heights with arpeggiated chords and a stomping beat.

DJ Roc follows up his superb ‘Back To The Tracks’ EP in February with 8-track ‘Practice What U Preach’ on Duck N’ Cover Records, a hard-hitting arsenal which caps off a fine year for DJ Roc.

There is also a first major release for Teklife’s Sirr Tmo: ‘Tek X Tar Vol. 7’, featuring stand out track ‘Falling In Love’, an inch-perfect remix of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds ‘Fallin’ In Love’.

Now:
Sirr Tmo released the experimental ‘Listening Experience’ EP on Them Flavours in February 2016, featuring three appearances from DJ Earl.

 

August

This Is Tripletrain EP

Then:
Teklife’s Tripletrain follow up the fantastic ‘Lights of the City EP’ with another self-release: ‘This is Tripletrain EP’, showcasing their signature polished footwork sound, with jazz-fuelled tracks fit for smoke-filled rooms.

‘Tekk DJz Presents Jazz Meets Footwork’ features Traxman on every track with various collaborators.

Now:
Tripletrain support Jlin in Washington on May 18th 2016.

 

September

Live Love Teklife

Then:
In a quiet month, DJ Earl’s self-release: ‘Live Love Teklife’, is a happy surprise, featuring one of the best tracks of the year: ‘Whoa’ feat. Taso.

Now:
In surprising news, DJ Earl has been working on an album with experimental producer Oneohtrix Point Never.

 

October

OffThatLoud

Then:
DJ Spinn’s ‘Off That Loud EP’  is up there with his best work, and features one of the best tracks and videos of the year (by Ashes57): Dubby feat. DJ Rashad. Combining smooth jazz riffs with head-banging jungle breaks and Danny Brown’s unique voice, it is a perfect showcase of how far footwork has come.

DJ Taye’s EP ‘Break It Down’ shows remarkable maturity. The sublime ‘XTCC’ (feat. DJ Earl) sees a throwback vocal sample met by luscious, spacey synths, while ‘Go Away’ (feat. DJ Paypal) is soulful footwork at its best.

Now:
This August, DJ Spinn hits Croatia for the Dimensions and Outlook Festivals. DJ Taye was recently added to the Outlook Festival lineup.

November

Sold Out

Then:
Litebulb and Chief Manny, of The Era, run two footwork classes in London, November 7th, followed by Footwork events that evening from UK labels Good Street and Hyperdub, in what will now be known in London (by myself at least) as Footwork Day 2015.

The much-anticipated Brainfeeder release from DJ Paypal: ‘Sold Out’, features one of the best footwork tracks of the year: ‘We Finally Made It’ (Feat. DJ Earl).

Now:
Inspired by The Era’s footwork classes last November, Hyper Feet was launched in March 2016: a London-based, dance-focused footwork night.

The Era ran the first ever footwork class in Kuwait on April 2nd, following an April Fool’s Day performance in Kuwait City.

 

December

SlashTime

Then:
It’s ‘Slash Time’, with Traxman’s final release of 2015 on Duck N’ Cover Records; an eight-track boost to February 2014’s ‘Slash Time EP’. Slash time is stripped back and versatile, hard-hitting and serene, putting a finishing gloss on a landmark year for Duck N’ Cover Records.

2Tall and DJ YB’s Juke Chronicles, released on Good Street Records, features spaced-out jams to move your feet to.

Now:
Catch Traxman in South America and Japan in 2016.

 

Footwork in 2015

If you missed Part One: Best of Footwork in 2015 Part One

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