Be honest: you didn’t learn how to play that guitar during lockdown. The already prolific Traxman however released nine albums in 2020 and five already so far this year. That doesn’t even count reissues like this one.

Traxman injects Westside Boogie Vol 3 back into the mainstream with this vinyl release on Factory Music Chicago. The third Westside Boogie EP followed Volume 1 (which had “Traxman Da Geto DJ” on the label) on Dance Mania in 1996, Return of the Westside Boogie on Booty Call Records and the Westside Boogie 2000 mixtape.

“Pacman” is still a living marvel to how the 8 bit effects from an arcade game could be hammered down into a legit and almost irresistible footwork track. On “U Wanna” and “Work Me 2013” Traxman gives a clinic in making new jams out of old samples and a drum machine and his own creativity. But “Acid House” is the secret sauce here, a ferocious acid track in the pure Chicago style. Traxman is pounding that 303 like he’s blowing space invaders out of the sky. You could search all year and find like maybe three acid tracks this good.

Traxman: Westside Boogie Vol 3 (Factory Music Chicago / August 2021 / 12″ Vinyl)
A1. Traxman: “Pacman”
A2. Traxman: “Getting Da Hoe”
A3. Traxman: “Work Me 2013”
B1. Traxman: “U Wanna”
B2. Traxman: “1976”
B3. Traxman: “Acid House”

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was not submitted as a promo.



This was originally published in 5 Mag issue 191: The Mission with Soul Clap, Nona Hendryx, 15 years of Burial & more. Support 5 Mag by becoming a member for just $1 per issue.




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