With Take Off Mode, DJ Nate bookends the Tens with two of its finest footwork collections. As with 2010’s Da Trak Genious, this LP compiles some of the juke and battle trax that the Chicago native has laid down in the intervening decade. Given that this period includes the years in which Nate was temporarily paralysed from the neck down, Take Off Mode also stands as something of a triumphant return. Tense, explosive tunes in the Teklife vein.
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DJ Nate has been busy. Take Off Mode, the Chicago-based DJ and producer's latest album, comprises of seventeen tracks of unrelenting footwork. This is a great album, both alienating and accessible. Although I might recommend a slightly more streamlined album, every track is still hard. ‘You Ain’t Ready To Battle’ is full of 808s used as bass/melody lines which I love. DJ Nate is a real talent, and nowhere is this better heard than in his masterful use of samples. Although there’s all manner of treatments applied to them, they are always pertinent to the song and fit well. I think my favourite track is ‘Come Back’, which has minor piano chord progressions, lots of 808, and effective use of re-pitched samples.
Although it’s not something that you’re going to stick on in full in social situations, ‘Take Off Mode’ deserves listening to in full if you do get the chance. This LP, and indeed footwork itself, is something that initially sounds disconcerting and fractured, but so many more elements are revealed as you get further and further into this wonderful collection of pieces.
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