In memory of DJ Rashad: a beginner's guide to footwork
Featuring DJ Rashad, Traxman, Young Smoke, RP Boo, DJ Manny, DJ Spinn and more
Following the sad death of DJ Rashad in April, we’ve compiled an entirely not-at-all exhaustive list of ten footwork tracks people might like. Feel free to add to our list in the comments.
DJ Rashad – ‘Ghetto Tekz Runnin It’
Possibly the tune that will turn anyone onto footwork, a soulful Bobby Caldwell sample wrapped around some slinky, frantic bass action.
Chrissy Murderbot feat DJ Spinn – ‘Bussin’ Down’
Footwork is great party music, but isn’t normally overly playful. This infectious track marries the two with its hyperkinetic, day-glo cheeriness.
Traxman – ‘Footworkin on Air’
As close to a kind of zen-like footwork meditation as we are ever likely to get.
DJ Gant-Man – ‘Juke Dat Girl’
DJ Gant-Man’s big juke number sounds just like footwork when you crank that pitch up to the max.
Young Smoke – ‘Let Go’
Cosmic, bong-influenced, even introspective tune from the one of the emerging talents of footwork, Young Smoke.
DJ Earl – ‘Hit Da Bootz’
Hip hop is a large part in footwork in both texture and sampling, and in this rambunctious effort, young tearaway DJ Earl expertly combines both.
DJ Manny – ‘Sunshine’
A nice summery uplifting cut from the forthcoming album Tek Files Vol. 1 from Rashad collaborator and Teklife crew member.
RP Boo – ‘What’cha Gonna Do’
No list could be without pioneer RP Boo, and this stripped-down cut from his Legacy album is footwork distilled to its essential bare bones.
Ramadanman – ‘Work Them’
Not exactly footwork, but this brilliant number from the Hessle Audio co-founder shows how the genre has influenced bass music on this side of the globe.
DJ Rashad feat DJ Spinn – ‘Drank, Kush, Barz’
A now immortal refrain from Rashad’s Double Cup LP from last year: ‘We got drank, we got kush, we got barz in this bitch’. RIP.