REVIEW: Xtra-Slice takes on Pitchfork 2016

Chicago has many musical faces including being recognized as the mecca for Juke/Footwork. This past weekend, our D160 correspondent Xtra-Slice sheds some light on the showcasing of some of the best artists in Footwork at the Pitchfork Festival 2016.

This showcase brought in many well known names. Some of which have been known for years, others just getting their foot in the door but there was a unification of minds at these events and it will now bind the community and strengthen the bond between artists and dancers alike.

Friday night began with an abundance of talent. Bringing his own unique soul remixes and some heavy heat, Dj Phil kept the footworkers on their toes. The Tenth Degree crew making it all the way from Portland mixed it up with a blend of drum and bass, juke and some varied electronic music that had people in awe, only to lead them into the highly anticipated set by Noir & Drago from LA’s Juke Bounce Werk delivering what was expected with a mixture of exclusive tracks and stylish beats never leaving the floor bare.

The perfect lead up to the Chicago local, the tumultuous Traxman. Showing the crowd why he is one of the best in the game today with his signature remixes, intense scratching, blending and beat juggling. Taking everyone into the early hours of Saturday morning, there was still plenty of sounds to be had.

Manny and DJ Taye brought the house down on Saturday night at the unique and perfectly selected Smart Bar, playing back to back exclusives and switching between the two, Manny with soulful vibes and Taye with bassy kicks. They kept the momentum at a high pace throughout the early morning filling up the dance floor as the minutes went by. Scratcha DVA jumped in and kept the crowd going despite swaying away from the juke/footwork tracks but instead laid down some heavy grime and jungle.

RP Boo, a pioneer in the footwork community aced his set at the festival with some classics, true battle tracks.  Subsequently, paying tribute to DJ Rashad, as well as dropping some TraxmanDJ Spinn, and plenty of other heat from the famed Teklife crew. RP is known for being a dancers DJ. The circle was strong that day and Spinn eventually jumped on the mic giving props to his fellow footworkers. Manny eventually found himself in the circle, impressing all who looked upon him showing people he's not just a Dj.

There was a lot of love flying around that weekend. Many creative minds coming together to appreciate and share in what they all have invested themselves in, both mentally and emotionally. People came from all over the US and the world just to be a part of this experience, not only to hear, but to feel the way this music is breeding love into the hearts of many. Crowds were cheering, dancing, laughing and learning from all the performers, some having the pleasure of discovering the latest in up and coming artists within footwork and the music industry.

Energy, friendship, support and love would be the best way to describe these past events. It was deemed “one for the record books,” and if you get the chance to go, make sure you get yourself to Pitchfork Festival and surrounding events in Chicago for 2017.





Written/Edited by: JamFransisco - Dictated but not spoken for: Xtra-Slice