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Teklife Releases Posthumous DJ Rashad Album, ‘Afterlife’

Musicians are often mythologized to the point of breaking, described as scene leaders, trendsetters, innovators. But Chicago footwork pioneer DJ Rashad was all those things, in addition to a father and surrogate family member for the many artists he took under his wing as de-facto leader of his Teklife collective. To listen to this kind of music or go to a footwork show is to expose yourself to high-speed nostalgia-triggering samples, atypical percussion patterns, and the overwhelming and essential need to turn up.

Tragically, Rashad’s passing came at a time when Teklife and footwork as a whole was having a major breakthrough on an international level. Now the crew looks stronger than ever, with Boiler Rooms, huge breakouts from artists like DJ Paypal, and the launch of Teklife as an official record label. To commemorate DJ Rashad, the other Teklife artists took it upon themselves to release a compilation of unreleased posthumous material, fittingly titled Afterlife, as the label’s first release. All 14 tracks are collaborations with other producers—perhaps adding the finishing touches if the tracks were left undone. It’s got all the energy and fine-tuning present on Double Cup, but with an aspirational slant that leaves one wondering, inevitably, what Rashad would’ve made in the future.

Stream Afterlife below via SoundCloud. A percentage of the profits from buying the album (which you can do here) go to Rashad’s family.

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