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).
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Chicago footwork master DJ Rashad gets busy on his MPC for his third Hyperdub emission and first full length album proper with ‘Double Cup’. If you’re familiar with the term “Drank” then you’ll know what that means. Thsi 2LP/ CD is packed with some primetime ass shakers that melt together footwork, ghetto house, hip-hop, Soul/ R&B, acid and even a dose or two of neon G-Funk, as on the smokers anthem ‘Pass That Shit’.
His Chi-town Tek-Life crew are called at arms to assist with the dancefloor bombs; Spinn, Earl, Manny, Taso, DJ Phil and even Addisson Groove makes an appearance on ‘Acid Bit’, presumably on TB-303 tweaking duty. As well as the skittering footwork drum palette there’s even some oldskool jungle/ amen action on ‘Drank, Kush Barz’ and closer ‘I’m Too Hi’. The production is pretty slick and polished throughout with plenty of energy to get those feet moving. Rashad’s imaginative combination of sampling and original sounds is always a winning formula for a party and ‘Double Cup’ is surely gonna be a soundtrack to plenty of bodies doing crazy shit with their legs as well back at the pad listening for the smokers.
9/10 Olivia Mitchell 20th May 2014
Double Cup is an obligatory purchase for anybody who wants to own a piece of trap history. Rashad's very sad recent passing has left a giant hole amongst fans of the Teklife, Hyperdub, house and footwork sounds. This album is rich with the sounds of the Teklife - owing to the mass scale collaborations with Spinn, Manny, Taso, Earl etc. My favourite track on the LP is "Feelin'", a soulful piece of music with well considered vocal samples - resulting in a fresh sounding piece of music every time you listen to it - with the jackhammer basslines resonating in your head for hours after.
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