Virgo Four – Do You Know Who You Are? [TX175RED]

Every home should have this record from the 2 of the originators of deep House.  “Do You Know Who You Are?” EP from 1989 is as flawless as it gets, often imitated over the years but never, ever bettered. Every single track on this slab of wax is a classic. Virgo manage to reach right inside & take us somewhere on every cut while maintaining an otherworldly sense of melody & rhythm, some of the playing on this record is incredible & so accomplished, “In A Vision” for example still sounds like it’s beaming right at us from the future while “Take Me Higher” carries it’s stately, Reggae-like vibe along smoothly while retaining enough bounce to keep the floor locked in.

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Virgo Four – Do You Know Who You Are? [TX175RED]

Sleezy D. – I’ve Lost Control [TX113RED]

Seminal acid house from 1986. Marshall Jefferson’s seminal release has been re mastered from original DAT’s and released in original Trax Red labels. Released in conjunction with Trax / Harmless.

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Sleezy D. – I’ve Lost Control [TX113RED]

Frankie Knuckles – It’s A Cold World / Bad Boy [TX151RED]

Another slice of essential Knuckles / Principle magic, here the duo’s love of Italo and Euro pop records seems to collide with Chicago’s darkened dance-floors and raw drum machines. Perfectly sleazy and insanely danceable, Jamie Principles voice was made for Frankie Knuckles pristine productions and their unique styles compliment each other endlessly. Both tracks featured on this 12″ take us into the subterranean night life of Frankie and Jamie’s world, a world of yearning, heart-break, love and acceptance. A huge pairing of tracks on their initial release and still to this day some 25+ years later, “It’s A Cold World / Bad Boy” was a total game changer, almost verging on pop but too “outsider” to gain the mainstream attention it so deserved, the record stands today as a true classic.

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Frankie Knuckles – It’s A Cold World / Bad Boy [TX151RED]

Robert Bergman – S/T [LIES149]

The Brewmaster General (Brew Records, War Games) makes his long awaited debut on L.I.E.S. Currently, Amsterdam’s bearer of the underground torch, Robert Bergman follows suit in the tradition of his BREW label delivering his signature brand of chaotic jacking house madness over four tracks. Expanding on forefathers Sleezy D, the experiments of DJ Rush, or the Muzique clique, Bergman runs his tracks through the meat grinder serving up some of the most psychedelic house out there in this day and age.

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Robert Bergman – S/T [LIES149]

Phuture – Acid Tracks [TX142RED]

Phuture only released a handful of tracks (plus an album a full decade after their debut), but have remained a legendary act in the development of Chicago house for their stomping 1987 single “Acid Trax”, the track that began and defined the acid house sound. The group was formed by DJ Pierre, synthesizer fan Spanky and Herb J in 1985 as a recording entity to produce records for Pierre to mix into his sets at several crucial Chicago clubs. After being turned on to the high-pitched squelch of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer (marketed as a bassline machine for solo guitarists), the trio emerged from the studio with a track they called “In Your Mind”. Ron Hardy previewed the track at his legendary club the Music Box – where it became known as “Ron Hardy’s Acid Track” – and Phuture re-made the cut with production by Marshall Jefferson. Released on Trax Records in 1987, the single created a dividing point between the Chicago sound before and after it, with hundreds of “Acid Trax” imitations flooding the local market. After it caught on in Britain as well, the single soundtracked the wave of club madness which coalesced in the rave movement by the end of the decade.

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Phuture – Acid Tracks [TX142RED]

Paris – I Can Feel It [OMAGGIO-011]

From ”Tomorrow” and back to plus thirty years, more precisely in 1987, a teenager named Thomas Barnett released the track ”I Can Feel It” mixed by Juan Atkins, one of the first mix by who became the main DJ and producer from Thomas’s hometown, Detroit. Today ”I Can Feel It” is a very hard to find record that finally will be available for an official reissue via Omaggio.

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Paris – I Can Feel It [OMAGGIO-011]

Gene Hunt – After School [LACR028]

Mr. Gene Hunt, Chicago house music legend, is back on LA Club Resource with the”After School” EP. Gene digs deep in his vast archives and unearths three hard hitting tracks for fans of old school house. Heard in the clubs and on mix shows back in the days, these tracks finally surface for the first time on wax.

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Gene Hunt – After School [LACR028]

Paranoid London – PL [PDONLP002]

When it comes to jackin’ Chicago style acid house revivalism, few can hold a candle to Paranoid London. As this long-awaited second album proves, the duo is the undisputed masters of sweaty, TB-303 driven jack-tracks and – as recent single ”(Vi-Vi) Vicious Games” and LP opener ”Starting Fights” prove – classic-sounding vocal cuts that recall the glory years of Fingers, Inc in the mid-to-late 1980s. Interestingly, ”PL” boasts far more collaborations than we’ve seen from Paranoid London before, including a string of ragged club cuts blessed with evocative spoken word vocals, a thrusting acid throb-job with lead vocals by Simon Topping and a suitably twisted, machine-driven hook up with Arthur Baker and Alan Vega (the raw and weighty ”Angel Of Hell”).

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Paranoid London – PL [PDONLP002]

VA – Acid LP [STILLMDLP015]

This is what legends are made of: Acid House, Chicago 1988, Mickey Oliver and his Hot Mix 5 Records, Larry Heard aka Fingers, Pierre, Phortune & Armando. Released in 1988, ACID LP was the first and only full length on Hot Mix 5 Records. It is much more than a classic album, it’s a staple for any self respecting DJ. This is probably one of the best Acid House compilation to make it out of Chicago. Still Music is proud to start its Hot Mix 5 Records reissue series with such a monument to House. Every track on here is a classic in its own right, with Pierre’s “Dreamgirl”, Armando’s “151”, the two incredible Fingers tunes ”The Juice” and “Ecstasy” and so much more. For the first time, this reissue features all the songs that were on the original release but remastered and on a red vinyl DLP. Don’t sleep on the ACID.

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VA – Acid LP [STILLMDLP015]

Marcus Paulson / Bohm – Commuter EP [PURE001]

Bohm (030303 Records) and Marcus Paulson (aka Kid Machine) deliver four classic cuts of quality house. Inspired by Manchester and Utrecht commutes, the EP sets the tone for future things to come on their Purewaxx label. Paulson and Bohm share a side each, both using the 707/101/303/106 to good use, layering pads, square basslines and deep moody pads and strings.

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Marcus Paulson / Bohm – Commuter EP [PURE001]

Tevo Howard – Passion [ABTV009]

Abstract Theory is back with a new 12” release, from the great house producer Tevo Howard. “Passion”, is an audio depiction of the emotion, Passion, as considered from the mind of Tevo Howard who has said, ‘if Passion were a Chicago House track’. His take is also a prediction of human beings in the next 300-500 years: after the world learns to not do irrational WAR and not kill, Howard says: an era of some 300 years of compassion will begin, and will be followed by at least one thousand years of atonement in the existence of the passionate human being as an era of mankind. ‘Late Working Man’ as a B-side track is about being at the office late, and dancing very late at the disco.

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Tevo Howard – Passion [ABTV009]

VA – Djax-Re-Up Vol. 1 [DKMNTL063-1]

Dekmantel announce the re-issue of some of the most era-defining trans-Atlantic, techno cuts from the early nineties, thanks to cult label Djax-Up-Beats. The Dutch label was responsible for releasing some of underground’s most archetypal underground dance music, mixing together Chicago and European artists alike, and acting as the launch pad for some of today’s biggest producers. This timeless music is being re-issued on vinyl for the very first time. Founded in Eindhoven at the turn of the 90s, Djax-Up-Beats quickly earned an international reputation for being a reputable source of Chicago house, acid techno, and floor-filling, heavy hitting straight up, underground 12”s. This first re-issue volume sublimely blends esoteric, ambient sounds, with staunchly fierce, and energetic electronic rhythms. Throughout the eight-tracks you can hear the sounds of sequencers, drum machines, and motor-city basslines. It defined the beginning of an era that never went away. Whether you’re a collector, or DJ looking to add to the your left field techno collection, the re-issue of Djax-Up-Beats best records is not one to pass up.

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VA – Djax-Re-Up Vol. 1 [DKMNTL063-1]