v/a - bangs & works volume 2 (the best of chicago footwork) - planet mu - vinylZIQ 310LP - 62035 - uk3lp - €21.50
4. DJ Rashad & Gant-Man - Heaven Sent
5. DJ Metro - Burn Dat Boi
6. DJ Clent - Ball'em Up
7. DJ MC - Y Fall
8. DJ Spinn - Crazy 'n' Deranged
13. Boylan - Bullet Proof Soul
14. Jlin - Asylum
17. Traxman - Brainwash
18. DJ Clent - DJ Clent #1
21. DJ T-Why - Juice
22. DJ Solo - What Have You Done
25. DJ Metro - Tekno Bangz
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'Bangs & Works Vol.2' brings the focus back onto Chicago's own producers, showing where the innovation in the scene still lies. The album attempts to show different sides of footwork to Volume 1. Where the first compilation showed off some of the more hallucinatory and leftfield elements, this album has a wider range - check!
The album features established producers who’ve come up through the juke and ghetto house scenes such as Rashad, Spinn, Traxman, Roc, Clent and the pioneer of footwork RP Boo, all of whom featured on the last album, as well as younger producers, who are still making their way. DJ Solo, now a popular R&B producer in Chicago, who pioneered the slowing down and speeding up of samples in footwork is one of the older producers not covered in the first comp, as is Flight Muzik’s DJ Metro whose grimey tracks here are culled from a slightly earlier period.
Of the younger producers not featured on the first compilation, there is the talented Jlin who builds all her tracks from sound sources she’s made herself; Young Smoke, a teenage producer who is also part of Flight Musik and has a very unique and impressive refinement to his productions; DJ MC, whose track ‘Y Fall' has an entrancing minimalism and DJ Rome, an older producer whose 'Showtime' is like a fevered hallucination of pitched horn samples. On Bangs & Works 2, the synapse snapping intensity of footwork is ever present, but this selection shows a widening diversity of approaches to the genre's independent and unique sense of production focus. The music becomes even more impressive and beguiling as you're drawn in.