Armando/Chris “Bam Bam” Westbrook – Bam Bam’s Westbrook Classics (stilove4music039)

Good news from Chicago when Stilove4music, an offshoot of the city’s own Still Music, has decided to unearth a few gems from the golden era of acid house. Essentially it’s a Chris “Bam Bam” Westbrook EP with one exception: The opener comes from late Armando Gallop whose “Land Of Confusion” was definitely not a Genesis cover but a warehouse classic. Originally out already in 1987 on Bam Bam’s fledgling Westbrook Records, it’s an anthemic track with wiggly 303 programming. “Confusion Mix” pairs well with fat bass line and sound of breaking glass of “Where’s Your Child”, Bam Bam’s urging and eerie […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Border Disorder Vol. 1 (self-made)

Offering a cross-section of electronic styles, “Border Disorder Vol. 1” is a living room recording covering several new and unreleased tracks along with some older fare. Introductory sounds come from Sweden with Ulwhednar‘s macabre experimentalism “V” and “Aksum 2” from Abdulla Rashim‘s new journey in lunar dust. “Ivy” by These Hidden Hands gets remixed by Vatican Shadow and “Robirds” from Fabrizio Lapiana‘s second “Antimatter” release is reworked by fellow Italian Claudio Fabrianesi. After Subsist’s Yuuki Sakai cybernetic tribal, Perc delivers with “Overbite” a tight industrial-minded cut from mini-compilation “Replay” on 10 Label. In the same hardline faction sits D. Carbone, represented […]

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Jerome Derradji – A Bump In Da Raw (stilove4music037 – 2013)

Release date is in October 2013 Stilove4music is an offshoot of Chicago’s Still Music and boasts a sizable catalog of black-label house releases. Now the first 12-inch in 2013 is announced for October, produced by the label owner Jerome Derradji and expectedly inspired by the Windy City’s musical heritage. “Getloose” is hectic party fare for fast hip movement, like influenced by the recent showcase of Sunset Records Inc. on the parent label. A merrily rolling track for the disco house ballroom. But the real treat comes with the B-side’s gigantic bomb “Raw Bump”, which is a fierce tribute to Dance Mania monsters […]

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Beau Wanzer / Svengalisghost – Untitled (Russian Torrent Versions CCCP 02 – 2013)

The plot is clear: First the hammer hits the head and then the sickle cuts the throat. Decorated with communist visual identity on the logo side, the Russian Torrent Versions add another level to the immense hype surrounding Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. when the label’s shooting stars are engaged in a new series that looks very limited, maybe it even is.Sporting phony cyrillic letters and playing with the stereotypes of Russian internet behavior, two pals from the L.I.E.S.’s Chicago camp like it noisy and dirty. Especially when Beau Wanzer fills the A-side with two bouncing Trax-rooted workouts. Drum machine showdown “Hey […]

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Various – Jerome Derradji Presents Kill Yourself Dancing (Still Music Stillmdcd010 – 2013)

One can’t deny unique aura of the Chicago house heritage and those archives seem endless, as tracks from the scene’s very young years resurface time after time.Still Music owner Jerome Derradji is on a mission to explore the vaults of the Windy City, now continuing the tour in Chicago’s b(l)ack catalog with the story of Sunset Records Inc. from 1985 to 1989.As expressed in jacking rhythms of the title track “Kill Yourself Dancing” by Razz, the compilation includes a cross-section of tunes that might have been ripe both for the US and Euro floors at the end of 1980s, as […]

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Matti Turunen – Fall EP (Muhk Music MK002 – 2013)

Release date is in May 2013 Located in Sweden and driven by exiled UK brain power, Muhk Music unveils the second release of the label. One would not easily give up a winning formula and therefore the second release comes from the same man across the sea. Morphology member Matti Turunen from Finland has applied his gear for a three-tracker swinging in the crossroads of the electronic music’s American heritage. The title track “Fall” is driven by ample Detroit-inspired chords and grooves for the peace of mind. Featuring the backing vocalist Dora Gray, “Fall” paraglides well above the ground with […]

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Hierolglyphic Being – The Lost Transmission EP (Morphine Records doser014 – 2012)

Jamal Moss’s starting point was in Chicago, where he, a South Side boy born in 1973, at a tender age of twelve witnessed the evolution laid out in Ron Hardy’s Music Box. Across industrial and new wave, without leaving unnoticed Larry Heard’s Gherkin Jerks project, he became an electronic artist with very distinguished sound. Given his urge for experiments, Moss’s affiliation with Morphine Records is not surprising and the newest contribution is brought to us under the Hieroglyphic Being guise. A-side’s “The Lost Transmission” is a challenging track, terminus for the club sound where the door is firmly shut for any harmonies […]

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DUST OFF: DJ Jokke (Radiomafia) – Relief & Cajual Mix (1995)

Now when Strut has released a truly essential compilation “Only 4 U: The Sound Of Cajmere & Cajual Records 1992-2012” featuring the highlights of Chicago’s second wave label Cajual, it’s time for a little flashback. Fond memories from the hot night of 29 July 1995. She had already fallen asleep in the other room and I decided to stay awake for a while, to tune into the Radiomafia channel transmitted from Helsinki. Hearing “Enter The Dragon” and “Flash” for the first time, the tracks struck me like a lightning. What followed was about 30 minutes of pure audio sex. It was a good […]

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Mitchbal & Larry Williams – Jack The House (Still Music STILLM035 – 2012)

“Jack The House” is a manifesting track title for Chicago house, used by Fast Eddie, Femme Fion and probably many others. All that is about the jack and the house. Working together in various productions, Mitchbal and Larry Williams recorded in 1987 their own “Jack The House”, now being released for the first time by Still Music. For a remix duty they managed to attract no lesser than Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House Music, who hits with Kevlar bass line and decorates sweaty Chicago Warehouse with Rimini disco balls. Because of italo factor it could be placed in the […]

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Andreas Gehm – What’s On Ur Mind EP (Mathematics MRI64 – 2012)

Mathematics Recordings really deserve close attention as they excel with quality output coming from Jamal Moss and his consorts both from the US and overseas. German producer Andreas Gehm has been affiliated with the imprint before and after a joint effort with the legendary Steve Poindexter, the German drops another four-track tool in the Chicago vein. Having obtained recognition with his acidic blasts under the Elec Pt. 1 alias with releases on Bunker, Kommando6 or Psycho Thrill, Gehm has chosen a smoother and acid house-inclined approach in his recent productions and the new EP on Mathematics features classy Chicago house tracks with a hint […]

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