Last week saw the premiere of 23 year old Akeem Pennicooke‘s debut film – Footwurk: The Legacy – over on Fact Mag. After being exposed to the genre at a party in 2013, the Jamaica-native and Ohio-residing director/producer became so enthralled with its sound, culture and shaded history that he felt compelled to visit its 1990’s birthplace in Chicago and tell a unique story.
Known for its fast-paced movements, uncensored lyrics and intense dance battles, the film accurately portrays footwork as an escape from Chicago’s violence; a marriage between dance culture and gang culture. Rather than a documentary format, Pennicooke decided to use “non-actors” to convey genuine emotion in the film.
If it wasn’t enough to write and direct the film, Pennicooke also had a direct hand in producing the soundtrack via his Londy alias. Accompanying the film is the 17-track Londy in Chi/Town EP, a rich and soulful exploration through the genre’s intense and dramatic tempo.
Today we’re streaming our favourite track off the EP, ‘The Legacy’, which melts a pummelling bassline with a half-time Motown sample pulled from Mass Production’s 1977 classic ‘Keep My Heart Together‘. Whilst being our favourite track off the EP, it also soundtracked our favourite scene in the film which you can watch in full below.