Over the past few months, much ink has been spilled about a genre known in Chicago as footwork. The music has been popping up in sets from many of the trailblazing crews in the US and the UK, making the Windy City once again a hot spot to electronic music fans worldwide. But lost amid the talk of this hyperkinetic music is just where it all came from. It's a story with plenty of twists and turns, a mutation with its roots planted in ghetto house and house dancing that got faster, uglier and even more hyper-localized.
It starts, predictably, with a mystery. We know that the word "juke" began to rear its head in the '90s underground. Who coined it, though, is an open question. As you'd expect, plenty want to claim credit, but no one has quite been able to figure it out, to be honest. We probably never will. The word stuck to the local sound like glue, though, describing the fast-paced booty house being made on the South and West Sides of the city.