Like so much dance music in the world today, Chicago’s footwork style owes a big debt to house. Sure, it may not sound anything like the deep-and-soulful vibes of classic Marshall Jefferson or Frankie Knuckles tracks, but the hyper-paced sound (and its attendant culture) shares a similar lineage with so many house subgenres, having worked its way through multiple scenes within a scene, providing the soundtrack for dance crews to battle it out on the floor, and becoming a worldwide phenomenon in the process. Here’s what you need to know about what it is and how to make it.
Berlin/NYC-based producer Travis Stewart wears a number of production hats—whether as part of Sepalcure, JETS, or Dream Continuum. But the moniker with which he’s most commonly associated is Machinedrum, under which he’s released a slew of singles and LPs for Planet Mu, Hotflush, Ninja Tune, and more. His story of success is based on a few key factors: keeping it simple, interesting, and collaborative.