Boomkat Product Review:
Only a handful of years ago footwork was a genre confined to a few zipcodes in the Chicago area, and its surge in popularity recently was bound to result in plenty of worldly practitioners. ‘Power Shuffles’ is a round up of these latter-day juke kids, and ropes together seven artists who all give their take on South-side ghetto music. Some are far more successful than others, while EVS’s ‘The Twin Paradox’ sounds more like Toytronic-era IDM than anything birthed from booty music, Acre gets his head around it with the ear pounding ‘I Don’t Waste Steps’. Leatherface smartly opts to go for a Relativity-era Baroque rap vibe on ‘Watch Me Do My Thang’ and ends up being the most successful. It’s always struck me as peculiar how that era of US rap music is so maligned, and to hear those production tics dropped into the footwork framework can’t help but put a smile on my face. Good stuff.