Reggie Dokes – Universe Speaks [STILLT003]

With “Universe Speaks”, Reggie Dokes is at the helm of the third release for Still Techno. It is rare for Reggie to drop 4 deep techno tracks on one serving but here we are. All tracks featured on “Universe Speaks” are an ode to the dancefoor and Detroit, where melodies, jazz, percussions and real electronic music collide to create a new and subtile soundscape.

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Reggie Dokes – Universe Speaks [STILLT003]

Cordial – Their First EP [PASTDUE022]

Past Due Records and Jerome Derradji are at it again! This time with the reissue of the superb and ultra rare EP by San Francisco’s Cordial: “Their First”. This record was produced by Bill Withers in 1979 and is a cult favorite amongst disco lovers worldwide. “Their First” includes the legendary disco cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim “Wave”.

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Cordial – Their First EP [PASTDUE022]

Andy Ash – Not At Home [STILLMDLP016]

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Andy Ash will drop “Not At Home”, his first (official) full length on Still Music. In more than a decade, Andy’s production has matured and evolved. It is now more sonically subtle, superbly arranged and it seamlessly brings you straight to Detroit, Chicago and New York with the perfect blend of Disco, Garage, Acid and House. “Not At Home” is a LP with 6 songs that showcase how much Andy has mastered his craft while staying true to his roots.

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Andy Ash – Not At Home [STILLMDLP016]

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]

Knight Action – R-Trax [LDR077]

Two absolutely legendary pieces of early Chicago house music finally reissued for 2018. Mike Macharello and Duane Thamm JR’s Knight Action project was responsible for this colossal 1985 landmark release that saw a heady fusion of Euro influenced and Italo Disco sounds meet in the windy city and in turn create history.

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Knight Action – R-Trax [LDR077]

Knight Action – Single Girl / D-rail [LDR071]

Ultra-rare proto-house vibes from Chicago courtesy of Still Music. This one’s long been coveted by followers of the jacking beat, the apostles of WBMX. Produced by Mike Macharello & Duane Thamm Jr this is a truly unique record and one that is very hard to obtain. If you dig the earliest grooves from the Windy City, or you have a passing interest in Italo or Freestyle then this is for you. A fully legit 12″ reissue, taken from Still Music’s recent, comprehensive overview of the ‘Let’s Dance’ label this is unmissable.

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Knight Action – Single Girl / D-rail [LDR071]

VA – Let’s Dance Records – Mike Macharello & Duane Thamm Jr. Chicago 1983-1985 [STILLM4X12013]

Jerome Derradji + Still Music present Let’s Dance Records – Mike Macharello & Duane Thamm Jr. Chicago 1983-85. The origin of house music, at least in a commercial sense, is generally associated with young African American producers from Chicago’s South Side, but one of the first Chicago house music labels was started by a young, white, gay DJ from the far west suburbs. The Let’s Dance story will take you back to the beginnings of Mike Macherello and Duane Thamm Jr. when Chicago’s house music was in its infancy. Back then, after starting as young roller disco Dj in the late seventies, Mike Macherello gradually made its way to the best radio station in 1981 – WBMX – and started a movement that still ripples through the city today. Let’s Dance’s founder, Mike Macharello, was a DJ who bridged diverse music scenes, from rock clubs to discos. The Let’s Dance record label helped establish Chicago’s dance music industry between 1983 and 1985, before becoming Play House Records (which will be reissued by Still Music in an upcoming set). Macharello’s pal, DJ Duane Thamm Jr., also from the ‘burbs, became the label’s main producer and one of house music’s most important studio engineers and producers. Mike and Duane went on to release a few legendary singles for Let’s Dance that are still to this day considered to be the earliest House music records coming from Chicago.The 12’ pack includes faithful reissues of Selenia’s ‘Single Girl’, Duane Thamm Jr. ‘Jump Trax’, the insane Knight Action ‘R-Trax/D-Rail’ 12’s along with a 5 tracks 12′ compilation and an accompanying poster insert including rare pictures and artifacts with the story of the label.

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VA – Let’s Dance Records – Mike Macharello & Duane Thamm Jr. Chicago 1983-1985 [STILLM4X12013]

VA – The House That Jackmaster Hater Built [STILLMDCD012]

Jerome Derradji is gaining something of a reputation as one of Chicago’s premier house archivists, having previously released compilations celebrating some of the Windy City’s most influential – but previously overlooked – labels. Here he’s teamed up with KStarke Records boss Kevin Starke to deliver a two-track set largely made up of material found on tapes that were once traded between Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and other legendary Chicago DJs. Confusingly much of the material credited to Jackmaster Hater is of unknown origin, while there plenty of other unearthed gems with little or no information. Thankfully, the material – largely mid-to-late ’80s jack and early acid, with a sprinkling of deep house and Italo-influenced fare – is uniformly excellent, making it a “must buy” for anyone with a passion for early house music.

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VA – The House That Jackmaster Hater Built [STILLMDCD012]

Dar Embarks – Fleer [STILOVE4MUSIC043]

Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, the duo Dar Embarks lives in a world of underground techno and machines. Their debut album ‘Fleer’, was recorded live on hardwares, no keys were played, just the pressing of buttons and turning of knobs. Gathering its inspiration from records on the shelf, sci fi and comics, Dar Embarks remains steadfast in technotic efforts to interpret the future…our future.

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Dar Embarks – Fleer [STILOVE4MUSIC043]

Alex Israel – Moving To The Suburbs [STILOVE4MUSIC040]

Alex Israel is back this time with an EP for the Jerome Derradji’s worldwide infamous label Stillove4music. “Moving To The Suburbs” is an acid ode to the devastatingly uncreative normcore of American suburbia via the State of Michigan – where Alex Israel hails from. “Ocelot” goes straight back for your roots and ours:  In Acid we trust. “Wafer Thin Sparrow” is a stunning sci fi beatless instrumental geared towards your future space and time deviations.

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Alex Israel – Moving To The Suburbs [STILOVE4MUSIC040]

VA – In The Dark: Detroit Is Back [STILLM3LP011]

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The ever-loving team at Still Music present yet another unmissable selection of East side beats, this time shifting focus from Chicago to Detroit to shine the light on some of the less celebrated talents operating in the city. There is boundless quality at every turn here, from the jazzed out tones of Craig Huckaby to the raw chemistry of Marcellus Pittman. Terrence Dixon does an excellent demonstration of wormhole techno with “The Fall Guy (Part 1)”, and DJ 3000 brings a demonic brand of slow-chugging house to the table. Alex Israel also reminds everyone that he truly is one of the most slept-on gems the Motor City has to offer, so get busy and connect with this utterly essential selection.

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VA – In The Dark: Detroit Is Back [STILLM3LP011]

Hipodrome’s 2012 Review (Part 1)

After three fruitful years of existence and daily careful surveillance of the electronic music scene, I’ve decided, for the first time, to draw a line and make a review of the year that is just closing.

I will make the review in two parts, the first is dedicated to our followers and their choices from this years. So, I will make a list with the most successful post on my blog, the releases that gathered the most likes and clicks in 2012 for our visitors. The second part of the review, will include my own picks and I will present some of my favorite albums of different genders. Also I will make a review of the best parties and acts I’ve attended this year.

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Hipodrome’s 2012 Review (Part 1)

Basic Soul Unit – Motional Response [STILLMCD008]

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Through the years, Basic Soul Unit has established a solid following for his quality melodic techno. “Motional Response” is a work of art. A finely crafted suite of ten tracks where elaborate techno rhythms battle with intricate synth harmonies to create a genre defining full length. Throughout this album, 303s, 909s and 808s are a constant nod to Basic Soul Unit’s Detroit and Chicago influences without ever compromising his melodic vision in techno and house. The album is  including “Breath” , Basic Soul Unit’s first track with a vocalist along with a remix from label owner Jerome Derradji (with Gerald Mitchel – on strings).

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Basic Soul Unit – Motional Response [STILLMCD008]

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]

Unfinished Business vs Omni – Out Of My Hands (Love’s Taken Over) [STILLMD12034]

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’This outstanding 12″ was produced by the legendary Frankie Knuckles and is a remix of “Out Of My Hands (Love’s Taken Over)” originally from Chicago disco band OMNI featuring vocalist Connee Draper. This record has been hammered at the Powerplant by Frankie, The Music Box by Ron Hardy and is the stuff of legend (ask Dj Harvey). This is House Music in its purest form. And to make the deal even sweeter, we’ve remastered all the tracks from the original tapes and added the two OMNI original versions on a nice D12″.’

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Unfinished Business vs Omni – Out Of My Hands (Love’s Taken Over) [STILLMD12034]

Rick Wilhite – Limited Japan Promo #1 [STILLM032LTDPROMO]

This is the 1st of two limited Japan promos which landed on these shores featuring exclusive tracks not included on his recent ‘Analog Aquarium’ LP. A-side is the raw and ready groove controller ‘Cosmic Soup’, while flipside you’ll find the incredible exclusive ‘Cosmic Jungle’, nearly nine minutes of deep trekking vibes powered by Maurizio-like bassline and wiped with moody strings, all in that shady, inimitable Detroit style.

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Rick Wilhite – Limited Japan Promo #1 [STILLM032LTDPROMO]

Rick Wilhite – Analog Aquarium [STILLMCD004]

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Still Music is proud to present “Analog Aquarium”, the debut album by legendary Detroit house producer Rick “The Godson” Wilhite. Rick is a longtime member of Detroit’s dance music scene, one of the epicenters of Detroit’s 1980’s techno music explosion. Rick has been around for almost two decades and has churned out a myriad of EPs, but never before did he release an actual full-length album. “Analog Aquarium” will feature a total of 10 tracks, of which most are previously unreleased, including a few collabos with Theo Parrish, Osunlade and Marcellus Pittman.

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Rick Wilhite – City Bar Dancing (Basement Mix) download

Rick Wilhite – Analog Aquarium [STILLMCD004]

Randolph – Echoes Remixes 3 [STILL031]

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Charles Webster, Todd Sines, Zed Bias remixes. Charles an Zed both deliver stunning soulful house music takes that will ravish dance floors worldwide while Todd creates an analog techno journey around Randolph’s classic Eda Mae.

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Randolph – Echoes Remixes 3 [STILL031]

Jerome Derradji & Rahaan – Concrete Reservations Part 1 [STILOVE4MUSIC024]

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Jerome Derradji, owner of Still Music and Stilove4music, teams up with disco champion Rahaan for the first volume of Concrete Reservations. They sound like disco edits combined with original production, but the A side in particular is a smoking boogie jam that rolls out into some acid. Rough, rugged, and raw house and disco are what this is all about.

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Jerome Derradji & Rahaan – Concrete Reservations Part 1 [STILOVE4MUSIC024]