Chicago House Essentials

Interviews, profiles, news and stories about the history of Chicago House Music – the artists, labels, clubs and culture that brought a new form of music to the world.

Best of Rockin' House Records and Rodney Bakerr

Mr. Bakerr’s Half Dozen: 6 rarities from Rodney Bakerr & the Rockin’ House catalog

From Mike Dunn to Michael Ezebukwu: here are 6 tracks we love most from the small but hugely influential early Chicago house label, Rockin' House, and the late Rodney Bakerr.
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In 2021, support people. Screw the brands.

If we say we care about the history of this music, we need to stop enabling the ones that fucked it up.

Chicago nightlife legend Dave Medusa has died

Dave Medusa, of the most influential promoters in the history of electronic music and Chicago music in general has passed away of natural causes.
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Dancing While Black, Young and Queer in the 1970s

Lessons from Robert Williams: How dealing with the police was an essential part of dancing while Black, queer and young in the 1970s.
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Larry Heard & Robert Owens are Suing Trax Records

Chicago House Music pioneers Larry Heard and Robert Owens have filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement suit against Trax Records and defendant Rachael Cain.
Beyond Heaven Vol II

More Classic Chicago House Flyers in Beyond Heaven Vol 2

New book showcases party flyers from back in the day - Chicago from 1981 to 1992 - and snapshots from ground zero of house music's origins.
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Trax Records Founder Larry Sherman Dies of Heart Failure

Chicago House label Trax Records' founder Larry Sherman died of heart failure over Passover.

Chicago House’s Sleezy D of “I’ve Lost Control” Has Died

Marshall Jefferson tagged us in a post bringing the news that Derrick Harris aka Sleezy D has died of kidney failure.

In the Middle of Pride Month, the Chicago White Sox Will Celebrate Disco Demolition. That Shouldn’t...

Just steps from the church where the late Frankie Knuckles was memorialized, the Chicago White Sox will commemorate Disco Demolition Night this Thursday.

Beyond Heaven Showcases ’80s Chicago House Music Party Flyers

Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers from 1983 to 1989 is now available for the Old School lover in your life.

5 House Music Classics Made by The Chosen Few

They're best known as DJs, but the members of the Chosen Few DJs - some of the first and finest house music DJs in the world - have made some classic house music tracks. Here are 5 to bang right now.

Lester Fitzpatrick: A Chicago Story

Tristan Dominguez talks to the ultra-prolific Chicago producer Lester Fitzpatrick.
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Future/Past: What I Love About Armando’s The Future

"The Future" was Armando's calling card, an introduction to an international career that was cut short.
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The Legend of Jay B. Ross

Jay B. Ross moved mountains for tons of Chicago house artists from the early days to the present. The legendary "Rappin Lawyer" died on March 1.

Jerome Baker: A Chicago Story

Once DJ Boris, sometimes Lord Damien, but he's best as just Jerome Baker. This is a Chicago Story of one of the city's best.

The Acid Family Comes Out Tonight for Spank

Smartbar. December 8 2016. Roy Davis, Jr. DJ Pierre. Farley Jackmaster Funk. Czboogie. For Spank.
Video Clash

The Story of Video Clash

The strange history of Video Clash, a Chicago House classic.

Acid House on the Radio: Armando on WBMX 1987/1988

Armando Gallop live set recorded in 1987 or 1988 on Chicago's WBMX radio.

Armando Gallop: Live at the Warehouse DJ Mix

The late, great, unforgotten Armando Gallop in a mix recorded live at The Warehouse.

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The Wonderful Karl The Voice Has Passed Away

French West Indies vocalist Karl The Voice remembered as a kindly figure whose voice animated tracks by Fred Everything, Franck Roger, Marc Cotterell, Playin 4 The City, Bob Sinclar and more.