Chicago's Rashad Harden is not just a veteran of the city's music scene, as his work under his best-known moniker - DJ Rashad - is testament to. What you might not know is that his beginnings in what's known as the footwork scene were not in making music, but as a footwork dancer at the tender age of 12 years old. But being so into the music he and regular music partner DJ Spinn danced to, the next obvious step was to become not just one of the makers of the footwork sound, but a goddamn innovator of it. So, he got down to making his name as a DJ and producer. Now, a few years down the line he's the dude principally responsible for the evolution of footwork and juke; if you don't know it, think the classic Chi house sound, add a bit of Detroit techno and scratching, a bit of jungle and dubstep, vocal samples and a lot of jerking and syncopation. If you add in being signed to Kode9's Hyperdub label then you're probably right up to date and got a fair idea of what to expect.

Following the Just a Taste and Welcome to the Chi albums, Rashad hooked up with Hyperdub to release the killer EPs Rollin' and I Don't Give a Fuck; a heady mix of jittering rhythms, surprisingly soulful moments and a huge amount of brilliantly danceable trap, drum 'n' bass and techno music. Now, with new album Double Cup, Rashad and his team of collaborators are ready to bring footwork worldwide, armed with fourteen fine tracks that show there's still room to innovate in the world of electronic and dance music. Remember the best moments of drum and bass back in the day? Well, this album is that times about a billion.

What makes Double Cup such a captivating record is its cohesiveness despite the sheer variety of sounds packed in here; this comes from the collaborative nature of the record. It's a veritable cast of thousands here, but the key is Rashad's presence - he runs the show in his trademark style, keeping the staccato beats and underlying soulful grooves a mainstay of the tracks. Take something like 'Acid Bit' as an example: it features UK dubstep man Addison Groove, who provides thudding breakbeats over squelching acid house synths and an addictive "yeah!" vocal sample, but it's Rashad's control of the beats that wins out on a total head-nodder of a track. Long-term cohort Spinn, along with Taso, is responsible for most of the slow jams here, with opening track 'Feelin'' grooving deep on classic house diva vocal samples and a pitch-bent piano line and 'Drank, Kush, Barz' adding some sharp rhymes to give it an aggressive edge alongside the mellow front.

On his own, though, Rashad is just as irresistible; 'I Don't Give a Fuck' is as powerful and with an edge of violence as its title suggests. Vibing off a Tupac sample from the film Juice, the track is all tetchy hi-hat and ear-piercing engaged tone synths, pulled together by bass so low it's almost ridiculous. 'Reggie' is another confrontational moment with quick-fire percussion and sinister vocal samples creating an edgy atmosphere that jars against the more laid-back moments almost as much as it provides a welcome counterpoint.

That codeine/Sprite double cup hit really takes its toll on the liquid-smooth trio of closing tracks: the clean lines and dub/soul of the DJ Manny-featuring 'Leavin' is excellent, Spinn returns on 'Let U Know' for the most uplifting R&B moment on the record and 'I'm Too Hi' shows how much the Chicago and UK scenes seem to have in common with its fine use of the drum and bass influence.

Double Cup shows just how wise it was for Hyperdub and DJ Rashad to hook up; it unites two genres, brings footwork to these shores, and in doing that we could uncover more hidden gems from the Chi-town scene. And if any of it is as good as this record, then we'll be very lucky.