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]

Virgo – Virgo [TX2018002]

Released on TRAX in the golden year of 1989 Chicago’s Virgo aka friends Eric Lewis and Merwyn Sanders, gently pushed House music towards a more musically sophisticated realm that hadn’t been explored previously. Across 8 tracks Virgo took us on a deep exploration of sound that was both masterfully arranged and produced and in direct contrast to a lot of the rudimental and jacking drum tracks that were the flavour of the day. There are few debut albums in the electronic sphere that can claim the title of ‘classic’, but this is surely one of them. A defining turning point in dance music, the dawn of what would later be referred to as the ‘deep house’ movement and sound is all evident with the grooves of this legendary record. Often listed as one of the ‘greatest LP’s of all time’, this self-titled odyssey remains an essential, must have record that never loses it’s magic, flawless in every way and still trailblazing today.

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Virgo – Virgo [TX2018002]

The Power Plant Experience – The Power Plant EP [MATH073]

Mathematics Recordings presents a new classic deep house collaboration between former founding member of Virgo Four Merwyn Sanders and Italy’s prolific Simoncino. Emotive sounds of organic roots for the basement and bare bones sound systems. The 12″ also includes a remix from Kai Alce.

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The Power Plant Experience – The Power Plant EP [MATH073]

Merwyn / Inkswel – Cloud Eaters EP [HS003]

Hot Shot Sounds label with former Virgo Four producer Merwyn Sanders teaming up with Inkswel on a heavy hitting platter that has a pair of killer remixes tucked away on the B Side. Ultra cool funk drenched tracks, with remixes by Linkwood and Gifted & Blessed (aka GB). New label coming from the Peoples Potential Unlimited guys.

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Merwyn / Inkswel – Cloud Eaters EP [HS003]

Jason Grove – Late Night Connections #1 [LAXES001]

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Skylax presents a new sublabel Skylax Records Extra Series #1. The first release presents the wonderful work from house maestro Jason Grove with some of the most timeless artists from both Chicago & Detroit, featuring vocals & productions of the great Merwyn Sanders (formerly known as Virgo 4) & legendary undeground resistance member Niki Marks.

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Jason Grove – Late Night Connections #1 [LAXES001]

Simoncino – The Warrior Dance #4 [LAX128]

SIMONCINO - The Warrior Dance #3 (Virgo Four & Gene Hunt Remixes) (Front Cover)

Skylax is back with ‘Warrior Dance IV’, featuring some Chicago proto – house jackin’ heaven tracks. The A side has three the Chicago tracks from the hand of Simoncino called “It’s hot”, “Movida” & “Ore nove nove”. On the B side,there’s three great remixes. Two from the legendary Merwyn Sanders from Virgo Four fame & another one from another Chicago legend Gene Hunt.

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Simoncino – The Warrior Dance #4 [LAX128]

Virgo Four – Lites Go Out / Boing (Remixes) [BHVIRGO002LTD]

Alternative mixes taking Virgo Four into darker / more experimental territory. Capracara and his studio pal, Scott Fraser, turn in a 100% replayed version of the much sort after ‘Lites Go Out ’. On the flip, Jamal Moss steps into his Hieroglyphic Being guise and kicks out a brilliant reworking of ‘Boing’.

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Virgo Four – Lites Go Out / Boing (Remixes) [BHVIRGO002LTD]

Virgo Four – It’s a Crime (Caribou & Hunee Remixes) [RH11312]

‘It’s A Crime’ is taken from Virgo Four’s recently released ‘Resurrection’ album, which is now available as a single with remixes from none other than Caribou and Hunee.

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Virgo Four – It’s a Crime (Caribou & Hunee Remixes) [RH11312]

Virgo Four – Resurrection [RH113CD]

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“Resurrection” is the follow up to the reissue of Virgo (Four)’s S/T album, which was released by Rush Hour in 2010. This album is a collection of unreleased tracks that were produced over a 6 year period between 1984 and 1990 in various home studios around Chicago. These tracks were selected from 100’s of 4-track tapes that had been untouched and unreleased all these years due to local record business politics and disinterest. These demo recordings have been restored and mastered for release. The CD release holds 15 tracks, while the limited edition vinyl box set contains another 15 tracks, totaling a cool 30 tracks.
“Resurrection” really shows the rich, diverse and unique quality of Virgo Four, which leaves you wondering what impact they would have made on the (Chicago) house scene if they would have gotten released back in the day.

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Virgo Four – Resurrection [RH113CD]