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.

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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....

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.
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Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and How House Music Movies Are Made

Everyone will be Unsung. Including you.

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.
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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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Vincent Floyd: Sometimes They Come Back

Vincent Floyd made several stone cold classics in the 1990s, but never knew anyone was listening. But they were.

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beasts

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. These are the beasts! Related: Foundations' Reflections on Frankie Knuckles. Related: Frankie Knuckles' Dancefloor Beauties. Frankie...

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beauties

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. Part one: The Beauties. The Beasts will follow next week. Related: Foundations' Reflections on...

Reflections on Frankie Knuckles

Symbolically and appropriately, 5 Magazine, a Chicago publication (in origin and spirit), was and is intricately tied to Frankie Knuckles. Without pause, Frankie Knuckles not only lived the "roots of modern dance" - he personified...

The Day Frankie Knuckles Died

IT WAS BLACK THIS MORNING - cold, windy, overcast and a thick fog rolled off the lake. You have to give credit where it's due: it's the perfect ambiance for the other Frankie Knuckles...

KIRV: The Legend of Kevin Irving

ALL I KNEW FOR SURE was that he was a hell of a singer - one of the best, certainly in House Music, likely of his era, probably in the world. Kevin Irving could boast...

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Being Jojo Baby

Who is Jojo Baby and why are so many people rallying to support him? We're glad you asked.