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Da Trak Genious

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‘Da Trak Genious’ is Planet Mu’s compilation of the Footwork tracks of DJ Nate, born Nathan Clark, a 20 year old artist who grew up in the westside of Chicago. He started making Footwork tracks 5 years ago, more recently turning his hand to Hip hop and R'n'B, and the album is an archive compilation of his productions.

This is Nate’s first ever worldwide album release. It’s essentially a selection of tracks that have come out on small edition cdrs and tracks posted on youtube and imeem. This is how Planet Mu first heard his music, which has gathered a small but enthusiastic band of followers and fans who have been itching to hear more from Nate and know more about the genre.

Footwork tracks are instrumental tracks made for Footwurking, or Jukin'; a dance style that’s local to Chicago that kids use to let off steam in group competitions with each other. It’s a distant relative of the competitive hip hop style of up-rocking but with frantic foot moves that have their roots in Jazz dancing.


The Footwork sound has its roots in Chicago House especially the accelerated ‘Ghetto’ house, and the influence and speed of the pioneering Ghetto house label 'Dance Mania' is clear: the tough sentiments and hip hop influence is all there, but the fast linear hypnotic 4x4 sound of those records has been re-calibrated and given an ultra-syncopated treatment to test dancers, the samples and repeated lines are pitch adjusted up and down giving the music a strange hypnotic feel.


These tracks have a unique drama and a pressure that is unique to Footwork but reminiscent of the edited drum syncopation of jungle and also hip hop cutting in DJ battles.

DJ Nate  uses the basic palette of samples from pop and hip hop, pitched, layered and triggered into unusual edits, often edging into distortion,  usually with a simple repeated phrase like ‘hatas our motivation’ used to pump up the dancers. This hypnotizing effect, combined with sparse 808 drum patterns, often with busy fills, relentless triplets and off-kilter accents, is used to create very different variations within his sound.

Tracks like ‘Back Up Kid’ and ‘You’re Gonna Love Me' work with modern r'n'b samples, while others like ‘Footowurk Homicide’ and ‘Fade Da Black Trak’ seem to echo their contemporary British sound of Grime. ‘Go Hard’, ‘Let The Beat Build’ and ‘Free’ reach back to earlier soul music, crossing half-time drums with slow, looped soul licks,  while ‘A+ Mayhem’ pitch up or chipmunk emo tracks to hysterical effect. The mood, skill and ADD emotion across the album is difficult to get into first but after some listens the character and voice of DJ Nate’s unique productions comes across.

Da Trak Genious

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Collection (25 Tracks) : £10.00 add to basket
Play 1. Back Up Kid
Play 2. U Ain't Workin Wit Nuthin
Play 3. Footwurk Homicide
Play 4. Turn Back Time
Play 5. Hatas Our Motivation
Play 6. Call Me When You're Sober
Play 7. My Heart
Play 8. You're Gonna Luv Me
Play 9. It's Impossible
Play 10. Below Zero
Play 11. Fade Da Black Trak
Play 12. Halloween Wurks
Play 13. Ga Ga Lord R.I.P.
Play 14. 3 Peat
Play 15. Let Me Show U Girl
Play 16. May Be Sum Day
Play 17. Go Hard
Play 18. A+ Mayhem
Play 19. Let Da Beat Build
Play 20. Sexual Healing
Play 21. He Ain't Bout It
Play 22. Free
Play 23. Lil Mama Bad As Hell
Play 24. Give Dat Man Room
Play 25. Poetry
Collection (25 Tracks) : £15.00 add to basket
Play a-1. Back Up Kid
Play a-2. U Ain't Workin Wit Nuthin
Play a-3. Footwurk Homicide
Play a-4. Turn Back Time
Play b-1. Hatas Our Motivation
Play b-2. Call Me When You're Sober
Play b-3. My Heart
Play b-4. You're Gonna Luv Me
Play b-5. It's Impossible
Play c-1. Below Zero
Play c-2. Fade Da Black Trak
Play c-3. Halloween Wurks
Play c-4. Ga Ga Lord R.I.P.
Play d-1. 3 Peat
Play d-2. Let Me Show U Girl
Play d-3. May Be Sum Day
Play d-4. Go Hard
Play e-1. A+ Mayhem
Play e-2. Let Da Beat Build
Play e-3. Sexual Healing
Play e-4. He Ain't Bout It
Play f-1. Free
Play f-2. Lil Mama Bad As Hell
Play f-3. Give Dat Man Room
Play f-4. Poetry
Collection (25 Tracks) : £6.25 add to basket
Individual tracks: £0.99
Play 1. Back Up Kid [£0.99] Buy
Play 2. U Ain't Workin Wit Nuthin [£0.99] Buy
Play 3. Footwurk Homicide [£0.99] Buy
Play 4. Turn Back Time [£0.99] Buy
Play 5. Hatas Our Motivation [£0.99] Buy
Play 6. Call Me When You're Sober [£0.99] Buy
Play 7. My Heart [£0.99] Buy
Play 8. You're Gonna Luv Me [£0.99] Buy
Play 9. It's Impossible [£0.99] Buy
Play 10. Below Zero [£0.99] Buy
Play 11. Fade Da Black Trak [£0.99] Buy
Play 12. Halloween Wurks [£0.99] Buy
Play 13. Ga Ga Lord R.I.P. [£0.99] Buy
Play 14. 3 Peat [£0.99] Buy
Play 15. Let Me Show U Girl [£0.99] Buy
Play 16. May Be Sum Day [£0.99] Buy
Play 17. Go Hard [£0.99] Buy
Play 18. A+ Mayhem [£0.99] Buy
Play 19. Let Da Beat Build [£0.99] Buy
Play 20. Sexual Healing [£0.99] Buy
Play 21. He Ain't Bout It [£0.99] Buy
Play 22. Free [£0.99] Buy
Play 23. Lil Mama Bad As Hell [£0.99] Buy
Play 24. Give Dat Man Room [£0.99] Buy
Play 25. Poetry [£0.99] Buy
Collection (25 Tracks) : £8.25 add to basket
Individual tracks: £1.48
Play 1. Back Up Kid [£1.48] Buy
Play 2. U Ain't Workin Wit Nuthin [£1.48] Buy
Play 3. Footwurk Homicide [£1.48] Buy
Play 4. Turn Back Time [£1.48] Buy
Play 5. Hatas Our Motivation [£1.48] Buy
Play 6. Call Me When You're Sober [£1.48] Buy
Play 7. My Heart [£1.48] Buy
Play 8. You're Gonna Luv Me [£1.48] Buy
Play 9. It's Impossible [£1.48] Buy
Play 10. Below Zero [£1.48] Buy
Play 11. Fade Da Black Trak [£1.48] Buy
Play 12. Halloween Wurks [£1.48] Buy
Play 13. Ga Ga Lord R.I.P. [£1.48] Buy
Play 14. 3 Peat [£1.48] Buy
Play 15. Let Me Show U Girl [£1.48] Buy
Play 16. May Be Sum Day [£1.48] Buy
Play 17. Go Hard [£1.48] Buy
Play 18. A+ Mayhem [£1.48] Buy
Play 19. Let Da Beat Build [£1.48] Buy
Play 20. Sexual Healing [£1.48] Buy
Play 21. He Ain't Bout It [£1.48] Buy
Play 22. Free [£1.48] Buy
Play 23. Lil Mama Bad As Hell [£1.48] Buy
Play 24. Give Dat Man Room [£1.48] Buy
Play 25. Poetry [£1.48] Buy

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