It’s no surprise DJ Earl is now a leading figure of the footwork movement. Once a student of DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad, Earl started out as a battle dancer before joining the Teklife family and forming his own brand of nutty 160 flavours that he now spreads across the globe.
Releasing music via labels such as Hyperdub, Planet Mu and All Roads Music, Earl’s 2016 album Open Your Eyes remains his most high profile record to date, presenting footwork in one of its most weird and wonderful states in a full length that took two years to make and saw collaborations with Oneohtrix Point Never and MoonDoctor.
Hist latest number marks a return to London-via-Paris label Moveltraxx, with a contribution to the imprint’s 10th edition of their Street Bangers Factory VA compilations. With cuts from the likes of Ria Ekin, Mr.Mitch and Kush Jones, Earl’s head spinner ‘Lvl Upp’ sees him dismiss any challengers by flipping a verse from Slim Jxmmi in typically screwball fashion. Listen in full below.
Street Bangers Factory 10 is out December 7 on Moveltraxx.
Preorder the EP here.