At a dead sprint, between 160 and 180 beats per minute, Chicago’s juke/footwork scene was made to fly.
Across the Pacific, juke is a movement. Though the Eastern hemisphere fanbase is still in its infancy (not unlike our own), Japanese and Russian fans are making footwork an international scene with producers like Raumskaya.
It might seem odd that artists overseas are already overshadowing some of the American originators, but that steady improvement of sound design was always part of juke’s do-it-yourself roots. When Kavain “R.P. Boo” Space invents juke in his Chicago bedroom, Raumskaya builds it bigger in St. Petersburg.
LOVE TO THE JAPANESE FOOTWORK SCENE! YOU GUYS ARE MAKING A HUGE IMPACT!!!
— DJ PAYPAL (@DJPAYPAL) May 29, 2013
Ominous, reverb heavy synth stabs bring a sense of looming danger to the first half of “Keep Out,” but the change at 2:01 was a real surprise. It was eye opening, like someone suddenly drawing the shades on your bedroom window and letting sunlight pour into the room.
Make no mistake, pressing play on “Keep Out” is trespassing into Gleb Raumskaya territory. If you ignore the posted signs, the rolling assault of rimshots at 2:54 may give you a few black eyes.
He warned us.
Keep one eye open for Snapshot EP, out via Hyperboloid