Chicago’s DJ Manny serves exclusives from his new LP, Nangdo describes Berlin’s footwork scene and Big Hank delivers a breakneck mix.
Though Teklife’s roots will always run deepest in Chicago, the collective’s reach has become truly global since its inception. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, DJ Big Hank moved to the Windy City at age 18 and quickly fell in with DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad’s Teklife crew after experiencing one of their rare all-ages B2B sets at Battle Groundz, a space for footwork dancers to practice, compete and hang out. On the South Side at another party, Underground Track Factory (held at an abandoned-kindergarten-turned-club), DJ Manny cut his teeth behind the decks and on the floor as part of the fleet-footed Take Ova Gang. Both of them appear on this month’s episode, hosted by DJ Earl and Mel G, alongside Berlin’s Nangdo. The Belgium-born producer calls in to talk about the small but tight-knit scene in Germany, the European crews he’s currently digging and his long-running party Strictly 160. All three guests deliver exclusive-packed mixes: Nangdo’s set features solely his own unreleased originals, Big Hank bumps his loud and lewd collaborations and Manny includes cuts from his upcoming LP on Teklife Records.