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DJ Earl

Alexander Richter

River Tiber, DJ Earl 

When: Fri., Sept. 16, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $7
Incomparable footwork collective Teklife launched its own eponymous label earlier this year when it released Afterlife, a posthumous compilation of unreleased material by cofounder DJ Rashad. Chicagoan turned New Yorker DJ Earl had the honor (and surely felt the pressure) of putting out the label’s second release, August’s Open Your Eyes. It evokes the core of Teklife not just through the music—with its alternatively claustrophobic and winning percussive punch—but through Earl’s inclusion of other producers on every track, carrying on the collaborative spirit that’s vital to both the Teklife collective and the entirety of footwork as a culture. Some of the best results come out of partnerships with artists who operate outside of footwork’s gravitational field: experimental R&B beat maker Suzi Analogue helps create an inviting air on “All INN,” while Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) pops up on three tracks alongside Chicago-reared producer MoonDoctor. The shuddering, high-pitched synth squeals that open “Smoking Reggie” and balance out Earl’s battle-ready beats tingle with the nervy energy of Lopatin’s retro-sampling material.
— Leor Galil

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