Hakim Murphy – Wet Analog EP (Episodes 02 – 2012)

Hakim Murphy, a Bachelor in music composition, is another proof that Chicago is not sleeping. Initially fascinated by deep house, Murphy adds throbbing subnotes to the second release on Episodes, recalling the rawness of Warehouse and dryness of Jamal Moss.Navigating in a magnetic storm, “Technis” might vaguely stick to deep house textures but when we proceed to “Analog Stroll” abstract signals on stripped-down drum machine arrangement take the control, all that rounded up by ample space groove. In “BBQ Knobs” distorted bass is turned on for a real subwoofer test while “Tunnel Dark” is accentuated by rhythmic modulations and comes […]

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Jerome Derradji Presents: 122 BPM – The Birth Of House Music (Still Music STILLM3CD006 – 2012)

Release date is June 2012 A reflection of the days when house was born: “122 BPM” features a number of unreleased and hard-to-find tracks from early to late 1980’s. It’s not about the house Trax built, but a compilation from the catalogs of Mitchbal Records and Chicago Connection Records.Gospel and rhythm in the blood, the kings and queens of the scene stimulate a hedonistic party in “122 BPM” with sexed-up grooves from the jack’s adolescence. Some tracks have felt the rotation like “Fantasy” by Z-Factor Feat. Jesse Saunders or “I Can’t Forget” by Mr Lee, but there is plenty  to […]

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L-Vis 1990 – Club Constructions Vol. 1 (Night Slugs NSCC001 – 2012)

L-Vis 1990 in the ghetto for a booty-shaking and testosterone-dripping jaunt, in full compliance with old Chicago traditions. In a broad and load manner the UK youngster drops five striking cuts sounding like Dance Mania on steroids. “Workout” kicks in the best a**-n-ti**ies style, but real gems are “Video Drone”, a percussive attack of killer bees, and rhythm orgy “Hard Drive”, with no strings attached for ecstatic peak hours. Some percolator is given in “Girl Clap” and “Rubber Crash” issues alarms like Robert Armani did in old days.Full props to L-Vis 1990 having embarked on a mission to give a […]

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Vedomir – Vedomir (Dekmantel DKMNTL 009 – 2012)

The release is due in April 2012 Increasingly I have the feeling that Mikhaylo Vityk’s Vakula phase was a preparation for the real thing. Vakula’s productions showcased his talent, but his house tracks were somehow too dry for me – until Vedomir entered the stage. Already “Orthodox Ambient”, released at the end of 2011 on Dekmantel, was a strong one and now, proving his musical maturity, the Ukrainian presents on the same label the first Vedomir LP in April.„Jump In The Past“ is a perfect start with Michael Knight bass line and slinky chords. The ride goes on with „Musical […]

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DUST OFF: K-Alexi – All For Lee-Sah (Transmat MS-8)

My hands start to caress you, down from the shoulders to your waist… Once I did a tape for my girl and the title track had to be there, for sure. A piece of vinyl sexy as hell, being a good match to Lil Louis’s “French Kiss” in this particular category, it offers many other qualities too. Keith Alexi Shelby is from Chicago and although he didn’t belong to the first wave of the city’s acid house producers, Shelby became a prolific sound writer with releases also on European labels like Djax Up, ACV. Transmat and acid house is not an obvious combination. Still at […]

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Virgo Four – Resurrection (Rush Hour Recordings 113 BOX)

Rating: 10/10 Chicago house compilations that flooded the market 15-20 years ago mostly featured the usual suspects like Joe Smooth, Adonis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, with the tracks that had attracted masses at warehouse parties. And there was also a not so famous act called Virgo … Even can’t remember if it was on a CD compilation found in a supermarket bargain bin in Marburg, but the first track I associated with Virgo was definitely “Do You Know Who You Are?”. Later it turned out that many people didn’t know who the Virgo really were, because a project of Marshall Jefferson, […]

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Vernon Felicity – Bliss (Clone S.O.S.2)

Rating: 9/10 Please meet Mr Vernon Felicity, by name a fellow who could easily be a hidden artist from the beginnings of warehouse parties. No doubt this piece of dark-green vinyl expresses Clone’s love for overseas sound aesthetics, when the halos of Chicago and Detroit hover about this warmly rolling record. “Scarlet Light” on the A-side starts with acid house feel that gradually receives warm chords and advances as a blissful journey of colored sounds. It’s a full-bodied and majestically grooving mover keeping the spirits up. Jazzy keys and rougher rhythms are mingled with deeper house grooves and subtle acid […]

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Bam Bam – Where Is Your Child (Tresor 10165) – 8/10

This should rather belong to the Dust-Off category because the original “Where Is Your Child” was released in 1988, in the heyday of the acid house. Now it has seen the light of the day again, as a reissue by Tresor. Fellow Chicagoan DJ Rush has put his naughty fingers on the track and filled the A-side with an harder take, allowing closer to the end an acappella section on bristling hi-hats.While the title track boasts a classic and fat bass line, the sound of breaking glass and crying baby deflates the overall impression. Yes, the underlying idea is to […]

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Omar S – These Complimentary Track’x (AOS432*16 RE-1) – 7/10

Omar-S is a real Motor City man: Produces rough tracks and has a proper day work in automotive industry, at the Ford Motor Company. Been very busy this year and may have needed extra night hours to keep up with the publishing schedule. Now simultaneously with “All I Do”, a collaboration with Roy Davis Jr, a new four-tracker called “These Complimentary Track’x”  is out on his home label FXHE.Having recently done his first acid record, he continues where he left off: “Solely Supported” is clearly following the lights of Chicago and sounds like warehouse acid. “Under Jamaica” has furious drums […]

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DUST OFF: DJ Sneak – Blue Funk II (Relief 722 – 1995)

It’s fun to take a train, thought DJ Sneak in 1995 and put out the second part of “Blue Funk”, for the fans of rail travel. Whereas Mr Sosa didn’t board an old-fashioned vehicle for admiring Swiss landscapes, but he steers a horsepower-packed Midwest freight train. The man himself said once that he was inspired by Farley “Jackmaster” Funk who mixed acapella train sounds to his radio shows in Chicago. Machine-gun-like “Runaway Train” is overly percussive technoid piece with wild drum staccato and heavily pumping “Purple Haze” goes above others – a real train track with monotonous rhythm. Its dry and […]

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