Chrissy Murderbot, MC Zulu, DJ Nephets, Lady Foursquare | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

Chrissy Murderbot, MC Zulu, DJ Nephets, Lady Foursquare Free

When: Thu., May 26, 10 p.m. 2011

Like a lot of dance-music fans, local producer Chris Shively (aka Chrissy Murderbot) has recently been a bit gaga over footwork music. In case you're unfamiliar, footwork is the south-side-born descendant of house and juke known for its spooky melodies and 160 BPM tempos, and it's got a growing reputation as a possible successor to dubstep, that au courant genre that unites dance-floor hedonists and cerebral art-music producers. A good number of the songs on Shively's new full-length, Women's Studies—released by esteemed British dance label Planet Mu, which has been on a footwork kick for the past year or so—are built around footwork beats. But as with his past efforts, he never sticks with one style for long, preferring to take sharp turns into electro, dancehall, or whatever else can hold his attention long enough for him to put a track together. This eclecticism suggests Shively could grow into a serious force in the dance-music world, despite his occasional goofiness—like the video-game-geek promo clip for "Bussin' Down." —Miles Raymer

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