Planet Mu readies ‘Bangs & Works Vol.2: The Best Of Chicago Footwork’

Mike Paradinas readies the second chapter in the Chicago lineage.

When Bangs and Works vol.1 quietly came out at the end of 2010, nobody outside of the Southside of Chicago had heard of footwork, or ‘juke’ (give or take a few aficionados, of course). Over the next few months, word got round about this hyperactive, slow/fast bass heavy, sample driven dance music and people started to get very excited. Lying somewhere between ghetto house, gabba and Steve Reichian minimalism, the genre captivated critics, producers and dancers.

Soon enough, a cohort of young Djs and producers whose appeal had rarely stretched outside the suburbs of Chi-town were being signed to some of the biggest dance labels in the world and been taken on tour across america and europe.

In the year that has passed since the release of Vol.1, contemporary bass music has been hugely influenced by the juke sound of Chicago, as seen in so called ‘outsider juke’, more abstract sample based electronica such as Hype Williams and the bassy mutation of artists such as Machinedrum, Africa Hi-Tech and Kuedo.

Needless to say, we are very excited to hear the latest edition of the series, which takes in a host of new producers as well as a number of more established artists who were left out of the initial collection. Just as importantly, it will also be very interesting to see the effect this has on the beats been made at home, across the Atlantic.