Teklife Records are excited to announce their second release, titled Open your Eyes by DJ Earl.
From the opening notes of Smoking Reggie and throughout the 8 track record, DJ Earl lays
down expertly crafted footwork rhythms filled with wavey synths and killer vocal hooks.
Every track on Open Your Eyes is a collaboration, as DJ Earl teams up with other Teklife members from his native Chicago and beyond.
The cover art has been provided by Shepard Fairey, a long-time friend and mentor of Ashes57.
It is an honour to have his iconic Obey artwork adorning a Teklife record. The limited edition
vinyl is available to preorder now.
Teklife’s debut release, Afterlife, celebrated the life and music of the late, great DJ Rashad. Afterlife received widespread critical acclaim and DJ support from the likes of Gilles Peterson and
Kode 9. The first press vinyl sold out in no time, and a second edition is on the way.
For Teklife’s follow up release, DJ Earl takes centre stage. A leading figure in the footwork movement, and long time collaborator with DJ Rashad, DJ Earl is a key member of the Teklife family.
Open Your Eyes is a brutally strong EP filled with future classics. Moods range from the mellow-toned Smoke That Green feat Taso, to the high octane funk of Let’s Work feat Moondoctor
& OPN. It’s hard to pick a stand out track, although Rachett deserves a special mention for
guaranteed dance floor destruction. A special shout out goes to OPN, who worked closely with
DJ Earl on this project.
Message from DJ Earl: ‘This record took 2 years to complete and a lot of hard work to get right.
I hope it gets people excited about the music we are making and about Teklife Records.’
TRACKLIST ( VINYL / DIGITAL) :
A1. Smoking Reggie feat. MoonDoctor & OPN
A2. Smoke Dat Green feat. Taso
A3. Lotta A$$ feat. DJ Manny & DJ Taye
A4. Fukk It Up feat. DJ Manny & DJ Taye
B1. RacheTt feat. MoonDoctor & OPN
B2. Drumatic feat. MoonDoctor
B3. Let's Work feat. MoonDoctor & OPN
B4. All INN feat. Suzi Analogue
written and produced by Earl Smith.
Other Production Credits
FreshtillDef / Lacey Mundaca
Sonic D / Darren Beckford
Ashes57 / Delphine Ettinger
COVER ART: SHEPARD FAIREY
ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION VINYL ( 500 available )
INCLUDING FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CODES
→ 09/23 Bialystok, PL • Up To Date Festival
→ 09/24 The Hague, NL • TodaysArt Festival
→ 09/30 London, UK • Tropical Waste
→ 10/01 Rome, IT • Brancaleone
→ 10/07 Oslo, NO • Revolver
→ 10/08 Trondheim, NO • Bruk Bar/Blaest
→ 10/14 Tenerife, ES • Keroxen Festival
→ 10/15 Barcelona, ES • Trill
→ 10/20 Krakow, PL • Unsound Festival
→ 10/21 Amsterdam, NL • Amsterdam Dance Event
→ 10/22 Graz, AT • Elevate Festival
→ 10/28 Lyon, FR • Polaar
→ 10/29 Lisbon, PT • Music Box
→ 11/04 Berlin, DE • Ableton Loop
→ 11/05 Madrid, ES • Post Club x Iberian Juke
→ 11/25 Munich, DE • Blurred Vision (without dancers)