Mark Grusane – Dance Intensity [RHSTOREJAMS017]

Thirteen years after his whopping ‘Time and Space’ EP, Chicago ‘O.G.’ Mark Grusane returns to the Rush Hour imprint with his ‘Dance Intensity’ EP. Combining trademark electro, wave, synth-pop and disco elements into three modern dancefloor cuts.

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Mark Grusane – Dance Intensity [RHSTOREJAMS017]

William Kincaid / Lex Lathan – Can’t Be / Mayhem Manipulation (The Jak Interpretation) [DB005]

The Jak has returned witH Dirty bLends 5 in extremely limited quantity introducing nU cOhorts to the label. These new artist aliases to the label have contributed to the further effort of maintaining the sound from the early inception of dance tracks like the days of old that still lives and breathes in us today that honors and treasures enriched essential dance music history. William Kincaid (a rugged accomplice) smacks it fiLthY iLL on the A-Side wit a MUDDY whiPLash idea of tHe Music Box made 2 Jak 4 Crazies for ‘Can’t Be’. Lex Lathan (a villainous apprentice) Slays off the B-Side wit Jakbeat/Detroit damage on Mayhem Manipulation.

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William Kincaid / Lex Lathan – Can’t Be / Mayhem Manipulation (The Jak Interpretation) [DB005]

Mutant Beat Dance – No Comfort For Control [NAT020]

The triad of Mutant Beat Dance brings an entirely different approach with numerous vocal appearances and raw funkiness. The kind of sound that brings images of dark and dirty city streets to mind that would not feel out of place as the soundtrack for an cult 80s film about about street gangs i.e. the Duke from Escape From New York…or Style Wars. The Wave and House sounds are present but then there’s distorted walking bass guitars and snapping drums give it this more swampy sound, and also the more punk rock sound of The Stooges or The Cramps. This release is the feeling of listening to a band and not just some guys who are making electronic music. This is an excellent juxtaposition of styles that is effective in both manners.

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The Jak / Zodiak – Gravity D / The Final Voice [DB004]

JAK, The/ZODIAK - Gravity D Lyte

The Jak has returned witH Dirty Blends 4, a Tribalistic Madness * ULtra BaDness*, introducing nU cOhorts to the label, Zodiak (a lowdown henchman). The Jak kicks the A-Side off with Gravity D-Lyte as the simplistic rhythm of jakbeat moves over a dark expansive tone taking the dancer to the twilight zone. Zodiak beAts “The Final Voice” expanding on a forward/backwards blueprint.

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The Jak / Zodiak – Gravity D / The Final Voice [DB004]

The Jak – Black Accordion / Dirty Riddim ’87 [DB003]

JAK, The - Black Accordion

Dirty Blends 3 is here! The Jak returns to the forefront with these 2 new crucial compositions of Jakbeat: Black Accordion and Dirty Riddim ’87. Black Accordion was created in the realm of early Relief/Dancemania records preserving a specific timeline of early 90s Chicago style tracks that people like Gemini,Paul Johnson,Boo Williams Glenn Underground and Cajmere played on loft and warehouse parties… Dirty Riddim 87 is created strictly for Ron Hardy as this is the 2nd conceptual idea to follow “Hardy’s Haunted Box” from the 2nd edition of dirtyblends. 

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The Jak – Black Accordion / Dirty Riddim ’87 [DB003]

VA – Spirits of The Black Lodge Vol. 3 [BL005]

JTC/MU GA/SONS OF TRADERS/SNEAKER/E SPIRIT - Spirits Of The Black Lodge 3

5 tracks of pure heat of various styles from members of The Black Lodge global family. A1 is entitled “Atmospheres” from the ever-talented Michigan producer JTC aka Tadd Mullinix [Bopside/Nation/Ghostly]. A2, entitled “Arreskni” comes from newer Chilean artists MU-GA, a track we released in digital format last year from their debut EP. Finishing off the A-side is Italian super-duo Sons Of Traders [SOT/Frigio/Black Lodge] aka Tans X Mike Tansella Jr. with the acidic cut “Indianapolis” also released last year by BL on tape and digitally from their first full length album entitled “Crollo Nervoso”. Side B blasts off with the early Chicago house inspired track “Passion” by prolific Dresden producer Sneaker [Uncanny Valley/Rat Life/Frigio]. Closing off the comp is a dirty warehouse banger/burner by e-spirit, a new alias from LA producer Delivery [LA Club Resource/Valcrond Video.

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VA – Spirits of The Black Lodge Vol. 3 [BL005]

The Jak – Sequential Sleaze / Hardy’s Haunted Box [DB002]

JAK, The - Sequential Sleaze

Interpretations created by The Jak. Made In Chicago. The Kid Jak strikes again with two infectious dance floor cuts. The A-side brings that oldskool Chicago and New York house music feel in it’s most direct form while the b-side has that psychedelic flavor over a simple beat track. “Experiencing music collectively is a critical part of absorbing it’s meaning and it’s unique ability to communicate abstract ideas that resonate differently with different individuals.”

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The Jak – Sequential Sleaze / Hardy’s Haunted Box [DB002]

Steve Summers – Generation Loss [LIES169]

SUMMERS, Steve - Generation Loss

Steve Summers delivers his long anticipated debut double LP for L.I.E.S. Stepping up with 13 tracks, Summers goes across the board exploring all ends of the long lineage of Chicago House music. As a member of Mutant Beat Dance with Traxx and Beau Wanzer or under his Rhythm Based Lovers alias Summers has always managed to tread the line between classic Chicago styles and modern psychedelic Jakbeat floor beaters. On the aptly titled “Generation Loss” we get the the full spectrum; from the old school 80s acid of “Who Knows” to the long form lysergic blackhole of “Boxed In” or the dx funk of “Unknown Origin” Summers cements his signature style which he has refined over years throughout this LP.

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Steve Summers – Generation Loss [LIES169]

Modern Analysis – Proto Rhythm [NATION19]

MODERN ANALYSIS - Proto Rhythm

After a 4 year hiatus, Nation return to the vinyl world with their essential qty pressing / strictly ‘no repress’ policy firmly in place. A label designed to “Going Out” while “Holding The Lifeline”. Invocations of modern musical practice in the course of hypnotism in which each improvisation unreels in a mixture of a fanciful flight and a solid “Always There” beat. Modern Analysis is a new alias project for this their debut 12”. The duo was driven by these times of change and transformation in our world where we feel odd, lost or alienated. Lives have been lost, which has been greatly emotional for humanity. Everyone has a limited time on this planet and nothing stays the same – everything is in constant change.

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Modern Analysis – Proto Rhythm [NATION19]

Sacred Article / SSPS – Output/Signal [KODE04]

SACRED ARTICLE/SSPS - Output/Signal

Nation’s sub label Kode returns with a split 12” release entitled “Output/Signal”. On Side A we have “Empty Spirit Of A Psychopath (Psyche Cover)” from Sacred Article, a new alias project for their debut concept creation cover of the band, Psyche, of electronics in their region of cold harsh industrial, warm synthpop, dancefloor minimal mayhem and beyond. The flip side comes from label compadre SSPS, kicking off with the live performance of “Train Full of Strangers”, from Unlimited Nation Online Festival in the summer of 2020, an electrifying tune influenced by Suicide.

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Sacred Article / SSPS – Output/Signal [KODE04]