In memory of DJ Rashad: a beginner's guide to footwork
- Mark Keane
- 22 May 2014
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.