Available on double vinyl LP or CD.RP Boo, the king (quite rightly so) of footwork follows his debut Legacy returning to Planet Mu with Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints. Filled to the brim with body movers RP Boo brings the Chicago underground to the masses and want absolutely everyone to get involved.
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Kevain Space, the man behind RP Boo, is one of the kings of footwork. I however am a footwork peasant, living in the slurry with all my half-formed preconceptions of what the genre sounds like or represents. Dancing, probably. Judging by the first few tracks, it’s fair to say that RP Boo is very good at making you want that.
One thing that must be certain about the Chicago dude is that he has limitless energy, with Fingers… delivering track after track of skitterish, upbeat mayhem that’d be impossible to resist after some of the happy juice. The rhythm section is pretty damn detailed, full to breaking point with classic snares & claps playing off bouncy toms and sliding off ride cymbals into a ball pool of pummeling phrases. Of course you’ve got the short stabs of vocal from the man himself, just a few to trigger off in true sampler spirit, like a trap woodpecker. “Motherfuck your favourite DJ” - you know what, yeah, eff you Jamie XX. Tunes like ‘Your Choice’ break from the spat lines to ease in some gentle soul vocal samples, even using that ‘well weeelll’ thing from Luther Vandross that Twista used.
Solidifying Planet Mu’s new direction as a parallel line with Hyperdub, Fingers… is a record that really doesn’t give a shit. Get ‘em moving, don’t stop - this is the formula, until you’re a mess on the floor. Have mercy, Space, I’m not worthy.
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