Two of Chicago's finest purveyors of juke and footwork sit down to talk about the genre.
Over the past few months, you may have heard the terms juke and footwork enter into the wider musical lexicon courtesy of tracks and compilations from the likes of Addison Groove and Mike Paradinas' Planet Mu. But the genre has been around for a number of years in the Chicago area. It's been a unique and local phenomenon with stars that are only now coming to the world's attention. Chief among them is DJ Spinn, who was one of the first producers to turn what had previously been called ghetto house on its head.
Sleazetone label boss Chrissy Murderbot, who releases footwork, UK bass, electro and just about anything else on his imprint, is both outsider and insider. He grew up in the Midwest, but only recently moved to Chicago to pursue his passion for house music and its mutant offspring full-time. On the ground in the city, he provides a unique perspective as one of the earliest people to connect the dots, laying the groundwork for the explosion of interest in juke and footwork by the UK bass community and beyond. We caught up with both recently to get an insight into the history of the music, the city and where it all goes from here.
For more, check out RA's The evolution of footwork feature, which details the history behind some of its biggest DJs, producers and tracks.
DJ Spinn - lol
RP Boo - Baby Come On
RP Boo - Munsta from Kavain Space
Beta SP - Bacteria (Chrissy Murderbot RMX)
Chrissy Murderbot - Braaain
Chrissy Murderbot - Break U Off
DJ Clent - Bounce
Chrissy Murderbot - Jiggle
DJ Spinn - U Don't Need
Waxmaster - Footwork
Delorean - Real Love (Chrissy Murderbot Juke RMX)
DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
DJ Rashad - Roy Ayers Show
DJ Slugo - Where The Rats
Traxman - Pacman
DJ Deeon - Debo Juke Slide
DJ Spinn - Jazz 4 Ya Azz LF
DJ Spinn - I Really Feel
DJ Rashad -Try2B!
DJ Lil' Tal - Pop Yo Back
DJ Spinn - Studio
Addison Groove - Footcrab
Juketastrafe - Girl I Make Yo Booty Drop
Chrissy Murderbot - MF House
Chrissy Murderbot & DJ Spinn - Bussin Down