Armando presents Robert Armani – Armani Trax / Circus Bells [CRATX002]

ARMANDO presents ROBERT ARMANI - Armani Trax

Chiwax presents the second release of Robert Armani on his own platform called Robert Armani Traxx Series. This time in the rebound the masterpiece from 1990 formerly out on legendary Dance Mania: : Armando presents Robert Armani – Armani Trax / Circus Bells.

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Armando presents Robert Armani – Armani Trax / Circus Bells [CRATX002]

Perseus Traxx – The Telesterion [GTD014]

PERSEUS TRAXX - The Telesterion

Northern powerhouse Perseus Traxx is on spaced out form with this four-tracker celebrating ancient Greek mysticism. Basslines as deep as sunken treasure, acid that’s worthy of the psychedelic origins of its name, and synths that spin off into infinity make up an uncompromising, mesmerising EP.

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Perseus Traxx – The Telesterion [GTD014]

Risqué III – Essence Of A Dream [DE-281]

RISQUE III - Essence Of A Dream (remastered)

Dark Entries is again presenting an essential classic: the Chicago house anthem Essence of a Dream, by Risqué III. K’Alexi Shelby’s illustrious career has included releases on legendary labels such as Trax, DJ International, and Transmat, as well as collaborations with high profile artists such as Marshall Jefferson and Pet Shop Boys. But his musical journey began at the young age of 12, when he befriended Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles while frequenting the Music Box and Warehouse. In 1987, Shelby’s first solo release, Risqué III’s “Essence of a Dream” b/w “Risqué Madness,” was to be cemented in Chicago dance history. He was accompanied in the studio by his cousin and production mentor, Mr. Lee. The tracks effortlessly propulsive house rhythms (courtesy of the Roland TR-727, TR-707, and TR-909), salsa-inflected bassline, and oneiric strings fuse magnificently with K’Alexi’s steamy, Prince-esque verse.

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Risqué III – Essence Of A Dream [DE-281]

VA – Tales From Chicago [TALES01]

New vinyl piece from Italian label named Tales. Featuring four Chicago producers that span 3 generation. This release represent a taste of the many sounds of Chicago: blending house with acid, moving along with the sublte, and making sounds full with less. Chicago is the promised land, four stories from where it all began featuring Gene Hunt, Ed Nine, G Marcell and Hakim Murphy.

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VA – Tales From Chicago [TALES01]

Mr. Fingers – Vault Sessions 1 [ML2238]

MR FINGERS - Vault Sessions 1

Alleviated Records presents the first release sharing selections from their own Archive of recordings that either have never been issued or that have never been issued on the Alleviated imprint. First up, is “Chains”, a track that features Ron Wilson free-styling vocals to a deep-house vibe. Next up is ”Electronic Debris” delivering a ”mellow-deep” vibe. Then, ”Saspence” with, as the title implies, a ”mysterious-deep-minimal house” feel. Concluding the EP is ”Nyte Light” delivering a ”deep-ambient-acid” flavor.

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Mr. Fingers – Vault Sessions 1 [ML2238]

GU AKA CVO – GU Essentials 4 [SJU12R32]

Glenn Underground, CVO, BIDI aka GU with the rare selection of some of the most wanted & rare Chicago House joints ever. 606, Parties, All Night Slam & The Wheel were originally released on Cajual, Relief, & others. On Chicago’s Strictly Jaz Unit label.

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GU AKA CVO – GU Essentials 4 [SJU12R32]

Bam Bam – Where’s Your Child? [BTL003]

BAM BAM - Where's Your Child? (reissue)

“Back to Life” presents its third installment repressing one of the best acid tracks ever produced, a must have for any collector: Bam Bam “Where’s your child?”, originally released on Westbrook Records in 1988 and licensed by Desire Records in the same year. Chris Westbrook needs no introduction: he is the sole owner of legendary Westbrook Records, always linked to the acid scene.

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Bam Bam – Where’s Your Child? [BTL003]

Boo Williams – Tribulation [BMM90]

Chicago veteran Boo Williams presents his latest limited-edition missive. Opener ”Tribulation” is sweet and spacey, with Williams wrapping fizzing, techno-tempo drums and bubbly bass in intergalactic synths sounds and chords so emotive you might start blubbing on the dancefloor. It comes accompanied by a deeper, acid-flecked flipside dub that also boasts some exciting new synth solos (track three) and a slightly slower, but no less energetic or musically positive, bonus cut called ”Mental State”. Predictably, this is every bit as alluring as the EP’s other tracks.

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Boo Williams – Tribulation [BMM90]

Phuture – Rise From Your Grave [SR1273WHITE]

PHUTURE - Rise From Your Grave

Another classic jammer from 1992 lifted straight from the Strictly Rhythm vaults. Phuture aka acid House pioneers Spanky and DJ Pierre (with a little help from Roy Davis JR) turn in a driving, acidic monster in true Wild Pitch style. Probably the only record that begins with a sinister voice saying ‘This is cocaine speaking’ before diving head-long into one of the best anti-drug House records ever. Bubbling 303 basslines and cavernous handclaps combine with a funked out, dubbed out synth line that just doesn’t stop.

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Phuture – Rise From Your Grave [SR1273WHITE]

Marshall Jefferson / Jungle Wonz – Vibe Three / Human Condition [CCR002]

JEFFERSON, Marshall/JUNGLE WONZ - Vibe Three

Club Chi’ll have found a holy grail of house right here. Chicago house legends Marshall Jefferson and Jungle Wonz having unearthed, unreleased tracks played by Ron Hardy, direct from the tapes in 1985, then lost for decades with no one but the Music Box crowd hearing them until now… 35 years later. Those lost tapes have now been recreated through Marshall’s unparalleled and unquestionable production skills, and who better to give you their story than the man himself:

“I would take tapes to the Music Box and Ron Hardy would play my music. VIBE was one of those tracks. I recorded VIBE in 1985, but it became one of my tracks that I just forgot about until some guy on Facebook sent me a recording of it, that was taken from a club. The only person who I ever gave a recording of VIBE to was Ron Hardy. The only other people I know who had copies of the track was Gene Hunt and DJ Emanuel Pippin.
The original version of VIBE was made using a Roland 707, Roland JX8 P keyboard and a Roland 727 drum machine. I was still working at the Post Office at the time, and this was pre-Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem). VIBE was the building blocks for Move Your Body because it was using the instruments on the track that I discovered what I could do with the bass sound, to make a track like Move Your Body.” – Marshall Jefferson
Likewise, ‘Human Condition’ by Jungle Wonz, sees Marshall reuniting with Harry Dennis, using the same base as Vibe Three but with Harry providing the vocals with his brilliant poignant lyrics over the top, that are evidently relevant for us all today. Speaking on ‘Human Condition’ Harry expressed, “The track we have is on terms of suffering in the Hoods of Chicago or any place with poverty, and it’s deep.”

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Marshall Jefferson / Jungle Wonz – Vibe Three / Human Condition [CCR002]

Space Ghost – Time To Dance [TART049]

SPACE GHOST - Time To Dance

Space Ghost returns with hedonistic house anthems for your living room dance floor on his latest EP, Time To Dance. On this new EP, Space Ghost gets on the mic and takes us back to the early days of house music, effortlessly mixing the deep bass rhythms of Chicago with the Nu Groove-era of the East Coast.

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Space Ghost – Time To Dance [TART049]

Dan Piu – Let’s Come Together [EPHCS002]

DAN PIU - Let's Come Together

OPIA sublabel Euphoric State welcomes the warm and analogue sounds of evergreen producer, Dan Piu. The Swiss producer is known for propelling vital, and ahead of their time sounds since the early 90’s. The ‘Let’s Come Together’ EP makes no exception as Piu showcases some of his catalogue ranging from 1994 -2020. The aptly named ‘Bleepy at 5AM kicks off the EP, an early morning energiser with a spring in it’s step. Followed by and crafted in ‘94 is ‘El Viento De La Noche’, four and a half minutes of pure emotive bliss, a raw house vibe from the golden era. B1 ‘Angry Giant Machine’ glides you through its twists and turns, a glitchy and playful number ready to make you move. ‘Mimic Human Form’ is a cross between modern Italo and mysterious electro, a curious outing with its low swung bassline, and swirling synths. Out of ‘99, and still sounding fresh is ‘Q.H.’, a straight up hip-hop energy, with dusty broken drums and rap samples. A fitting ending to a spectrum of sounds.

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Dan Piu – Let’s Come Together [EPHCS002]

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]