DJ Earl is one of the premium Chicago footwork producers, and Open Your Eyes gives him a full 8 tracks to show off his powers. With scene guests including Moondoctor, Taso, DJ Manny and DJ Taye, these tracks switch between relatively laid-back vocal cuts and ferocious dancefloor killers where the rhythms leave no breathing room. A 12” of high quality material on Teklife.
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Eight new DJ Earl tracks over two sides of wax featuring as many friends he can get in under an hour. A lot; he’s good at that. These tracks invite aboard folks such as MoondoctoR (head of the Freshmoon imprint), DJ Taye, Taso, DJ Manny, Suzi Analogue and… Oneohtrix Point Never? Sure, he’s good at music and Twitter and maybe RPGs. I don’t see why not. He doesn’t do anything to obstruct the course of Earl’s footwork, which remains on point with its flashy, maximalist sound -- to these ears it’s halfway between hard and ethereal.
“Smoke Dat Green” is extremely good, as name suggests, with a pointed vocal phasing in and out of a skittering beat as winding synth dances around a proper hook. Lots of exchanges. “Lotta A$$” is like a trading card game between its rapidfire beat and its high twinkling synthline before everything starts to jitter. “Rachett”, a number with MoonDoctor and 0pn, has an almost bell-rung central motif occasionally cut through with rushing sirens on the ground. The juxtapositions are everywhere and they’re nice.
“Drumatic” suggests the most of 0pn’s input, with an emotive glitch melody threatening to tear everything asunder before a horror-flick sound comes in, almost suspended mid-air. It’s a little scary but a lot good. I would describe the whole record as A Lot Good, actually. Lots of people, lots of ideas, a shittonne of good. "Let's Work" gets me in the mood to see out the rest of the day times a thousand.
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