LET ME SEE YOU NAKED (feat DJ Juicy) - (4:21) 79 BPM
WORK DAT MUTHA FUCKA (feat Steve Poindexter - Footwork remix) - (4:52) 80 BPM
TO DA HOZZZZ (feat DJ DEEON - remix) - (4:46) 158 BPM
4 DA LYFE - (3:58) 159 BPM
WILDCARD (feat Jana Rush) - (3:43) 120 BPM
OSAKA - (4:45) 107 BPM
Review: Next up we take a quick look at the latest drop from Teklife, who invite Traxman back for the second edition of the 'Tekvision' series, this time consisting of seven tracks, all boasting unique footwork energies. From the high rolling kicks and smart sampling of 'It's Lasting Bass' and 'Let Me See You Naked' to the lo-fi hardcore inspired arrangements of 'Work Dat Mutha Fucka' alongside Steve Pointdexter, this project packs some serious heat. Our highlight has to be the super atmospheric harmonic structure and padded soundscaping of 'Osaka', which fuses the high energy drum movement of footwork with some stunning melodic structure with great results.
Review: A leading figure and respected elder in the Teklife family, Traxman has waited patiently while releases from young upstarts like Taso and Dj Earl have been enjoyed by footwork lovers all over the world. Now the time has come for him to take centre stage, presenting a collection of new material that demonstrates his mastery of the sound. Cornelius Ferguson is a mainstay of the Chicago underground, with a discography stretching back to the golden era of Dance Mania Records in the '90s. Ghetto house was an important precursor to Footwork, and Ferguson was a key figure during this transition. Highlights on Tekvision include the jagged deepness of "Be Gagen" (featuring DJ Earl), while "Drop It Down" and "Twist The Party Out" pay homage to the origins of juke and footwork.
Review: Cornelius Ferguson, or otherwise known as the mighty Traxman, has a long and respectful history when it comes to that 'ghetto' house sound and the whole footwork-juke continuum. Among other labels, he's been a part of Dance Mania, but has also given the UK's Planet Mu a credible angle into the US scene thanks to two killer albums. This new EP on Good Street is all fun and play, with both "Faces" and "Dusty Loopz" strutting their lively melodies amid fast-paced percussion knots. He appears alongside DJ Phil on the more mystical "Mystery Jazz", and with the infamous DJ Deeon on the classic DM-style ghetto joint "All U Pussy MF". "Long Dik Style" brings things to a close with a broken, shifting rhythm that pushes sampling to its limits.
Review: Dance Mania's mythical Traxman is back with a romping-stomping, leviathan of a compilation on Lit City Trax. Apparently this LP has been in the works for a long time and is finally all done and dusted, bringing you twenty-one tracks ranging from gnarly, half-step drum machine rhythms such as "Buddha Muzik" to more ghetto/juke flavoured anthems like "Blow Your Whistle" or "Bussin", featuring the equally as legendary DJ Rashad. The entire LP simply screams Chicago and its many facets or sub-genres of ghetto house - it's one for the lovers and not the playa haters! Traxman coming in hard yet again...
Review: It's time to take it back to a more rave-ready time as we here see the combined talents of Traxman and DJ Deeon link together for a brand new heater, courtesy of Moveltraxx. This one takes the quite amusing title of 'Ball In Ya Mouf', which comes to the surface through some clever vocal looping, as the rest of the composition takes on a stripped back hardcore nature, focussing primarily on minimilst drum patterns and catchy bass grooves. You can safely say this one is unusual, but quite a lot of fun!