Boomkat Product Review:
Four years after the Chicago imprint's second volume comes "On Life, Vol. 3", another footwork state of the union featuring collaborations with friends and affiliates like DJ Paypal, Slick Shoota, Jana Rush, A. Fruit, Boylan, DJ Taye, Traxman and more.
You should know what to expect by now - the Teklife fam has been putting in work for years, and since 2017's "On Life" compilation have been broadcasting regular expressions. This third set doesn't break the mold, but plays like a victory lap with hard-as-fuck rollers from Chicago royalty like DJ Taye, Taso and Traxman, and fwd-facing innovation from satellite affiliates like Russia's A.Fruit and Berlin-based DJ Paypal.
A.Fruit's 'Propaganda' is a galvanized future footwork vortex, assembled from plasticated kicks and sheet-metal bass that shuttles the production into the stars. London-based Teklife mainstay Boylan impresses with 'Whistle', building wobbling subs and twitchy kick patterns around a whistling synth riser and Chicago-strength vocals; it's this kind of rhythmic interplay that's had footwork operating in its own dimension for so long and immediately broadcasts the genre's versatility and longevity.
Jana Rush, fresh off the wave of acclaim for last year's genius "Painful Enlightenment" joins the party with 'Rah', curling dusted chops into chugging sub 'n hat and linking everything together with cinematic synth blasts and a twanging, staccato bass. For something unexpected, hit Taso's 'TTTNL', that blesses an uptempopurple-hued structure with anxious trap trills and West Coast g-funk slides; Traxman meanwhile bolts together one of the comp's toughest dancefloor cuts, hammering serrated neon synth teeth to the kind of snare patterns that'll leave holes in the masonry. All killer - no filler.