Boomkat Product Review:
Ashes57 marks the 5th anniversary of DJ Rashad’s untimely passing in a heavyweight book of photos of the late, great footwork pioneer and friends, taken from tours and shows between 2011 and 2014
Known for a larger than life personality that blazed through both in his productions and in person, DJ Rashad was among the South Chicago spearheads who morphed Juke, an accelerated form of ghetto house, into the hi-tek style of footwork during the first decade of the 2000s. His legacy lives on in the styles of myriad footwork producers nowadays, as well as through the Teklife label he established with the US Footwork cognoscenti, and now in this lovingly curated book of photographs by his peer and friend Ashes57.
The book chronologically documents Ashes57 and Rashad’s time together at shows and on the road, with written reflections by the photographer accompanied and illustrated by images shot in both colour and black & white in her characteristic, candid and gonzo style that catches the energy of his shows and the artist in person. It’s evidently a fine tribute to a hugely important and sadly departed figurehead of modern club music.