RP Boo


Planet Mu ZIQ335LP
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RP Boo - a.k.a. Kavain Space - is revered and respected among the dance music cognoscenti. He’s cited as one of the originators of footwork, the fast, repetitive, rhythmically syncopated music and dance style that’s a grandchild of Chicago house and which has gained international recognition via releases from Planet Mu and others, alongside internet archaeology from fans, experts and enthusiasts.
Going back to the roots of this music, Space’s self-released 1997 track “Baby Come On” sampled and looped up ODB over tough syncopated drums, and in doing so helped to solidify the style that became known as footwork. Later on, in 1999, his track “11-47-99” (a.k.a. “The Godzilla Track”) was monumental in the evolution of sampling in footwork, chopping up the Godzilla theme taken from “Simon Says” by Pharoahe Monche and setting off a trend for footwork versions of hip-hop tracks. Many cite RP Boo as the originator of footwork music, and it’s hard to argue, when the scrambled, syncopated drum patterns common to footwork can be largely traced back to him.
Space was born in West Chicago and moved to the Southside in the ’80s. Like many of footwork’s originators, he was brought through into production through associations with the legendary house and juke dance clique House-O-Matics, DJing alongside DJ Deeon and DJ Milton. Space was taught production techniques by DJ Slugo, learning on a display model of the Roland R-70 - a drum machine which gave access to all previous Roland drum sounds and the ability to punch in rhythms on the fly. It’s the machine he still uses today.
RP Boo’s music is singular and unusual in footwork, featuring raps and dialogue adopted from juke, often in combination with sharp-edged and incidental samples giving some tracks a paranoid atmosphere. Take the bleak feeling and question-and-answer vocals of “187 Homicide,” the alien landing scenario of “Area 72” or the audio walk-through of “Speakers R-4.” His music is often hectic, seemingly built to psych out the listener or offer challenges to dancers; it’s this playful and imaginative quality, along with his sometimes-baffling-but-it-works rhythms and sub, that give RP Boo’s tracks their totally unique feel.

RP Boo: Legacy

Steamidity RP Boo 4'40''
Invisibu Boogie! RP Boo 4'36''
Red Hot RP Boo 4'33''
There U'Go Boi RP Boo 4'19''
Battle In The Jungle RP Boo 3'43''
The Opponent RP Boo 3'43''
187 Homocide RP Boo 3'56''
Speakers R-4 (Sounds) RP Boo 3'17''
Havoc Devastation RP Boo 3'44''
No Return RP Boo 3'17''
Robotbutizm RP Boo 3'07''
Sentimental RP Boo 4'08''
What'Cha-Gonna Du RP Boo 5'12''
Area 72 RP Boo 4'36''

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