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Da Mind Of Traxman Vol.2

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The last few years have seen Chicago Footwork rise to international success, and Traxman’s debut album - ‘The Mind of Traxman’ on Planet Mu - played no small part in that. It showcased Cornelius Ferguson’s brilliant ability to synthesise the beat digging of classic hip hop with the high-speed abstraction of Footwork’s house-derived beat science.

The selection of tracks on this second chapter show a slightly different take on Traxman's abilities. Instead of bringing in concepts from other genres, he simply creates a wider variety of Footwork, made with a minimal, reduced palette. Often just one or two samples are selected and diced into brain-blurring cubist puzzles that bear little relation to their original sources, or anything else for that matter.

A number of the tracks here show off the high-speed micro-edited possibilities of Footwork, that end up bringing the sound closer to a faster, hands-on, mpc-punched version of micro-house, bringing out a jagged, fitful character that keeps you on your toes. Tracks like ‘Time Slip’ echo SND, but cut with hip hop breaks and flying snares, while ‘Blow Your Whistle (Tha Out Of Here Remixx)’ chops up a short vocal and whistle noise to ridiculously energetic effect. Other tracks pull on a techno edge, ‘Computer Getto’s galloping game of hide and seek with Kraftwerk, ‘Bubbles‘  electronic arcade game blips, or ‘Under Cover Jack‘s 303 groove, remind one of the house origins of this music, while ‘Can Nutin Hold Me Back’ has a leg in soul’s history, with its detached accapella chopped into twitchy choruses. Later on ‘15146’ cuts up barked numbers over sprightly woodwind while ‘Gone and Hit that Shit’ reduces words to rhythmic shapes, darting around meaning. ‘The Edge of Panic’ is an unexpected and incredibly aggressive detour into Footwork x Speed Metal that could be a micro-genre of its own. We catch our breath with ‘I Wanna Be High’ before the album ends with the gentle bass and chopped jazz drums of ‘U Got Me Running (Remixx)’. The mind of Traxman dazzles again.

Traxman, a.k.a. Corky Strong, real name Cornelius Ferguson, is a Chicago Footwork veteran whose discography also includes many classic Ghetto House and Juke releases going as far back as the mid '90s with music on labels like the legendary Dance Mania. He's worked as a DJ for over three decades and was a member of the Geto DJz and Ghetto Teknitianz crews alongside two other Footwork scene leaders, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. He describes his style as "funky, soulful and a bit eccentric."

Read a Simon Reynolds review of his first internationally-distributed full-length album for Planet Mu "Da Mind of Traxman" at Spin http://www.spin.com/reviews/traxman-mind-traxman-planet-mu/

Da Mind Of Traxman Vol.2

  • Artists: Traxman
  • Title: Da Mind Of Traxman Vol.2
  • Released: May 16, 2014

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Collection (18 Tracks) : £9.99 add to basket
Play 1. Time Slip
Play 2. Blow Your Whistle (Tha Out Of Here Remixx)
Play 3. Nothing Stays The Same
Play 4. Mic
Play 5. Computer Getto
Play 6. Make Love To Me
Play 7. Bubbles
Play 8. Let It Roll Geto
Play 9. Ever And Always
Play 10. Under Cover Jack
Play 11. Can Nutin Hold Me Back
Play 12. 15416
Play 13. Gone And Hit That Shit
Play 14. I Need Too Do It (ft. DJ Fred)
Play 15. Your Just Movin
Play 16. Tha Edge Of Panic
Play 17. I Wanna Be High
Play 18. U Got Me Runnin (Remixx)
Collection (18 Tracks) : £15.00 add to basket
Play a-1. Time Slip
Play a-2. Blow Your Whistle (Tha Out Of Here Remixx)
Play a-3. Nothing Stays The Same
Play a-4. Mic
Play a-5. Computer Getto
Play b-1. Make Love To Me
Play b-2. Bubbles
Play b-3. Let It Roll Geto
Play b-4. Ever And Always
Play c-1. Under Cover Jack
Play c-2. Can Nutin Hold Me Back
Play c-3. 15416
Play c-4. Gone And Hit That Shit
Play c-5. I Need Too Do It (ft. DJ Fred)
Play d-1. Your Just Movin
Play d-2. Tha Edge Of Panic
Play d-3. I Wanna Be High
Play d-4. U Got Me Runnin (Remixx)
Collection (18 Tracks) : £6.25 add to basket
Individual tracks: £0.99
Play 1. Time Slip [£0.99] Buy
Play 2. Blow Your Whistle (Tha Out Of Here Remixx) [£0.99] Buy
Play 3. Nothing Stays The Same [£0.99] Buy
Play 4. Mic [£0.99] Buy
Play 5. Computer Getto [£0.99] Buy
Play 6. Make Love To Me [£0.99] Buy
Play 7. Bubbles [£0.99] Buy
Play 8. Let It Roll Geto [£0.99] Buy
Play 9. Ever And Always [£0.99] Buy
Play 10. Under Cover Jack [£0.99] Buy
Play 11. Can Nutin Hold Me Back [£0.99] Buy
Play 12. 15416 [£0.99] Buy
Play 13. Gone And Hit That Shit [£0.99] Buy
Play 14. I Need Too Do It (ft. DJ Fred) [£0.99] Buy
Play 15. Your Just Movin [£0.99] Buy
Play 16. Tha Edge Of Panic [£0.99] Buy
Play 17. I Wanna Be High [£0.99] Buy
Play 18. U Got Me Runnin (Remixx) [£0.99] Buy
Collection (18 Tracks) : £8.25 add to basket
Individual tracks: £1.48
Play 1. Time Slip [£1.48] Buy
Play 2. Blow Your Whistle (Tha Out Of Here Remixx) [£1.48] Buy
Play 3. Nothing Stays The Same [£1.48] Buy
Play 4. Mic [£1.48] Buy
Play 5. Computer Getto [£1.48] Buy
Play 6. Make Love To Me [£1.48] Buy
Play 7. Bubbles [£1.48] Buy
Play 8. Let It Roll Geto [£1.48] Buy
Play 9. Ever And Always [£1.48] Buy
Play 10. Under Cover Jack [£1.48] Buy
Play 11. Can Nutin Hold Me Back [£1.48] Buy
Play 12. 15416 [£1.48] Buy
Play 13. Gone And Hit That Shit [£1.48] Buy
Play 14. I Need Too Do It (ft. DJ Fred) [£1.48] Buy
Play 15. Your Just Movin [£1.48] Buy
Play 16. Tha Edge Of Panic [£1.48] Buy
Play 17. I Wanna Be High [£1.48] Buy
Play 18. U Got Me Runnin (Remixx) [£1.48] Buy

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