'I'm Tryna Tell Ya' is a documentary of Chicago's Teklife Crew, a loose coalition of producers and dancers that make and perform heavily syncopated, sample heavy, 160bpm club music known as both footwork or juke music. Although the rest of the world first got a taste of this style of music around 2010, it has a much longer history in it's native Chi-town, being the latest in a long lineage of club music styles to originate from the area.
My early to mid twenties were filled with techno music and all the hedonistic trappings that come with it. I spent that time partying pretty hard, on at least I thought I did until I saw this documentary. I guess they just go harder in Berlin.
Anyone who has gotten into the clubbing lifestyle will have found themselves in the company of few people worthy of camera time. The heady mixture of darkened rooms, big sound systems and illicit substances…
An exceptional documentary on one of the most pivotal bands in modern music, Kraftwerk. I'm watching a lot of documentaries on different electronic bands and musical genres right now. Most are amateurish and full of hype, failing to function as little more than content-less ego trips or audio-visual stuffing for press kits.
Kraftwerk and The Electronic Revolution thankfully sidesteps many of these pitfalls by contextualizing the importance of it's subject. A great deal of time is spent overviewing the Krautrock…