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I'm also not sure about the release info on this one, but hopefully it gets a wide release. It's downtempo and shows off some virtuoso work on the ivories. Actually, I'm not sure "downtempo" is a great description -...
This was sent via CDR by Donovan (aka DJD3), a talented DJ that was for a time last Fall and Winter was splitting his time between residencies in Chicago and Miami. This is a pretty fun Deep House track...
SINCE THE EARLY 1990s, DJ, producer, and collaborator Anthony Nicholson has been blowing up the underground airwaves with his dance music while doing what he does best - producing and spinning. With hit tracks like "Dance Anthology" (Peacefrog Records),...
A fantastic new single from French label Qalomota with some of the greatest (if still relatively unknown among the househeads in the US) up and coming producers working these days. Bobien's vocal is restrained, sweet and soulful, bringing comparisons...
A solid debut long-player from New York's Dennis Ferrer. If you look through DJ charts with any regularity, you'll see Dennis' name all over them from his remixes, the most notable of which was probably his edit of Barbara...
Chuck Love came through Zentra in May, though I wasn't able to attend the show. This dual CD set arrived in the mail a week later and I'm kicking myself now for not making it. Disc One is a...
A chill latin-influenced beat characterizes this track with a sweeter-than-sugar vocal loop. The arrangement is pretty nice - not overloaded with samples for the sake of it, but interesting enough both to listen to and to keep a dancefloor...
5 Magazine 2007 profile of Chicago House Music DJ and producer Craig Alexander.
If you're thinking about dumping your turntables and making the switch to CDJs full-time, you better think twice - or at least make a visit to KStarke Records
IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE that anyone could pass over Kerri Chandler, but that's exactly what we've seen happening. When the sun rises every morning and sets in the west, you can take it for granted. As a producer, as...
TIME TO ADMIT THE obvious: Lady D has become a full-fledged industry force in the worldwide House scene. In the twelve years that she's been practicing her craft, she's torn up more dancefloors than most of us have ever...

Bargrooves Black

This is a two CD mix set covering a pretty wide array of genres for just one release. Disc 1 is compiled and mixed by Ben Sowton; much of it is trancey and falls pretty firmly on the more...
He does it once more! That's right Chicago's own DJ Slugo drops another classic booty mix CD. And he proves that he must be recognized as truly one of the foremost pioneers of Ghetto House, aka Juke. This album...
The latest from Andre Harris on his Innate Soul digital label hearkens back a bit with a spoken word vocal reminiscent of Phuture. The vocal could go over well among a gay crowd or voguers and though it bears...
No matter whether you are new to the Chicago House scene or a veteran, you have felt the unmistakable energy that happens when a party has just the right combination of music and people. For over a decade, househeads...
THE HISTORY OF THE music industry, from Perry Como to Perry Farrell, might be littered with burned-out artists hyped as the Next Big Thing, but the House music industry doesn't live by those rules. An ingrained cynicism toward "one...
More on the progressive tip than straight-ahead House, this track exhibits some interesting arrangements and genuinely uplifting vocals from the singer Cheyenne. The mix has a lot of bells and whistles which makes it a little too progressive for...
What happens when you raise a boy with Afrocentrism, polyrhythms, and mathematical precision? What if you throw in some music history, an extensive discography, love for movement, education, wisdom and a vision? The boy grows to a man who is...
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DJ Cameron Interview

One set and he blew us away, and now you can check him out too. Chicago native Cameron Da DJ will add another residency (in his third city) to his belt starting January 12, 2007 when he sets up...
Our amazing interview with the legendary vocalist Lady Miss Kier. Worth quoting.

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