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DJ Earl

A mainstay of Chicago’s juke/footwork picture, DJ Earl is an associate from the Teklife collective along with genre pioneers DJ Spinn, DJ Gant-Man, as well as the past due DJ Rashad. Like those performers, his paths combine jittery uptempo rhythms and large bass with manipulated spirit, jazz, and hip-hop examples. He has many hard-edged paths which celebrate medications and sex, but he also offers even more reflective, ambient occasions. He began taking part in dance fights in 2005, and began producing music in 2008 after conference Rashad and Spinn. He became a member of their Ghettoteknitianz collective, showing up on the eponymous 12″ EP and Bangs & Functions, Vol. 2, both released by Globe Mu in 2011. He released many digital albums and EPs, including collaborations with Heavee and DJ Manny. Ghettoteknitianz morphed into Teklife, and Earl made an appearance on Rashad’s acclaimed 2013 record Double Glass (Hyperdub), furthermore to launching his debut 12″ EP Blue Summertime (on Lil Pitch) that season. Pursuing Rashad’s untimely loss of life in 2014, Earl made an appearance on Teklife’s Following Lifestyle tribute compilation, aswell as two of Hyperdub’s tenth wedding anniversary compilations. He also collaborated with Lee Bannon and fellow Teklifers DJ Paypal and DJ Taye. In 2016, Teklife released Rashad’s Afterlife (which Earl added to), aswell as Earl’s Open up Your Eye LP, including collaborations with Oneohtrix Stage Under no circumstances, Moondoctor, and Suzi Analogue. Earl also released a cassette EP on Analogue’s Under no circumstances Normal Information, and both collaborated beneath the name WORKFLOWW.

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