I often think about what DJ Rashad might have accomplished had he lived longer than thirty-four years. What directions he may have pushed music in, what aesthetics he would have pioneered. What classics we'd be dancing to now. It’s a world I would have liked to have lived in. The Chicago footwork pioneer made so, so much brilliant music in his too-short life, and his 2013 debut studio LP ‘Double Cup’ is an absolute tour-de-force. It’s one of those records which simultaneously crystallises the sound of a genre in the public mind and also pushes it forward - in this case by bringing jungle, jazz and UK bass influences into the mix here. ‘Double Cup’ is also a celebration of the tight-knit Teklife scene Rashad came up in, with fellow DJs Spinn, Taso, Earl, Manny and Phil all contributing (as well as Addison Groove).
- Vinyl Double LP (HDBLP020)