DJ Taye, What You Think EP

Blake Gillespie

DJ Taye brings a wealth of soul to his new project. The What You Think EP, has its ghetto tech and footwork touch tones, its toasting and bravado, but Taye also weaves in a classic cool that extends beyond the hedonism generally associated with TEKlife’s choicest cuts. So while the title track is loudly stating “I don’t give a fuck what you think… bitch”, Taye has countered the crude boasts with the elegance of rising keys and neo-soul glitch. By the time the EP arrives at “Teklife Run It”, there’s no question “who the fuck run the track.”

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When we spoke with Taye in June, he said he was incorporating more rap style and and jungle into footwork. On “Reality/Fantasy” he lifts the vocals from Mac Miller’s “Happy Birthday”, looping his favorite quotes to illustrate a personal narrative of existential sorrow and anxiety. So while he’s refining his tableau on the What You Think EP, it’s more than just genre-tinkering for the sake of doing so. DJ Taye’s exploring the art of storytelling that expands the context of juke and footwork to a place beyond the scene or stage.

Purchase DJ Taye’s What You Think EP on Bandcamp.

For more from DJ Taye, stream his contribution to our Friday Night mix series.

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