VA – Jerome Derradji Presents – 122 BPM – The Birth Of House Music [STILLMDCD006]

Stunning triple disc compilation and includes numerous unreleased tracks and beyond hard to find house tracks made in Chicago in the early to late Eighties from the catalogues of Mitchbal Records and Chicago Connection Records. 3CD boxset includes an exclusive mix by Jerome Derradji, and a 28 page booklet documenting the story of Mitchbal and Chicago Connection Records.

For anyone with an interest in the history of house music, this excellent compilation from Jerome Derradji’s Still Music imprint should be essential listening. It focuses on the output of two long forgotten Chicago labels, Mitchbal and Chicago Connection Records, during the early to mid 1980s, when electro, new wave and boogie were morphing into house. As such, 122 BPM offers a mix of rare, largely overlooked cuts that bristle with analogue dancefloor intent. There’s proto-jack in the shape of Jeanette Thomas’s “Shake Your Body” and Z Factor’s “I Am The DJ”, dubbed-out Chi-town proto house from Mitchbal and Larry Williams, and some terrific bodypoppin’ electro from McGhee.

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VA – Jerome Derradji Presents – 122 BPM – The Birth Of House Music [STILLMDCD006]

Bad News – Real Bad News [LIES012.5]

Two mega dancefloor tracks made by Doug Lee (Stallions, TBD) and L.I.E.S. label boss Ron Morelli. Real Bad News reminds us of the Cajual/Relief records days with heavy drums and a massive breakdown that is sure to totally confuse or drive people insane. The B-side’s More Bad News is a massive morphing track that sounds like a dying animal trying to escape a garbage can. It’s like German shuffle track through the eyes of two drunk and delusional Americans.

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Bad News – Real Bad News [LIES012.5]

VA – Iero Specimen [IERO07]

Amazing futuristic and forward thinking three track ep by Japanese producers Takuya Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Onozawa and Kouji Nagahashi. Exotic house music from Asia made with a fresh approach thats stirring up influences from jacking Chicago and Japanese pioneers such as Yellow Magic Orchestra.

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VA – Iero Specimen [IERO07]