DJ Earl
Above & Beyond [album stream]

At 21, DJ Earl is one of the younger producers in the Ghetto Tekz crew (Rashad, Spinn, Traxman, Manny, etc.). He’s also one of the most well-known. Earl’s been on two Planet Mu releases (Bangs & Works Vol. 2, the Ghettoteknitianz EP), regularly DJs at footwork events in Chicago, releases blistering monthly footwork mixes via his SoundCloud, and was on Lit City’s recent monster mixtape.

Above & Beyond, DJ Earl’s latest album, was released yesterday via Bandcamp. It features 11 tracks, all of which serve as good representations of his minimal, jazz/funk, synth-heavy aesthetic. The whole album’s definitely worth listening to, but please do yourself/humanity a favor and pay careful attention to “Open Up to the Circle.” It’s fucking amazing.

Stream Above & Beyond below and purchase for $12 at Bandcamp:

And while you’re in the DJ Earl mood, check out his DJ work at a footwork battle. Argh, it kills me that the best footwork out there may never see proper release. Make us proud, Lit City!

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