DJ Spinn is one of the founders of Chicago’s Teklife’s crew who alongside the late DJ Rashad is credited with bringing the culture of footwork from the streets to the world, touring the Planet, even supporting Chance The Rapper across the US, and featuring in newspapers and magazines all over the world too.
Spinn has appeared on lots of tracks with DJ Rashad and on the Teklife Comp from last year, but this is his debut EP debut for Hyperdub.
The EP effortlessly consolidates energies from all over into footwork’s 160bpm grid, the last track ‘Dubby’ which was written with DJ Rashad features Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Here’s the Video for Dubby featuring the Teklife Crew, directed by Ashes57. The EP will be ready for presale in the next few days.
Hamilton Canda-based producer and Vocalist Jessy Lanza meets Chicago’s world famous Teklife crew on this ￼sultry EP, with DJ Spinn and Taso’s first released RnB track, and a Teklife, footwork remix with ￼assistance from the late DJ Rashad.
￼The main mix is a dejected confessional, slow jam with Jessy’s plaintive vocal sitting in the middle of spiralling drums and teardrop-like chords, a gentle guitar refrain dropping in at the end like a comforting hand on the shoulder.
Following the instrumental version, the Teklife mix doubles the tempo, switching the gentleness to deliver an interpretation that touches on tense anger, with the sweeping chords the track is built on, snapping into shivering shapes, as strings simmer in the background building the tension. Bambounou’s ‘Fuck Diamond’ remix (from Jessy’s debut album) appears on vinyl for the first time (after a release last year on the final Hyperdub 10 compilation) and he transforms it into a rough drum machine workout, leaving sparse elements of the original in there; a splash of vocal and a held chord, building a dynamic trance that slips and slides in and out of different patterns.
Jessy Lanza’s You Never Show Your LoveEP is out July 24 on Hyperdub.