The dance floor has always served, at least in part, as an ideal location for a potential romantic conquest. On the classic yet somewhat overlook track “Chit Chat,” Cajmere goes slightly meta, showcasing his pick-up skills over classic house beat which likely provided the background to a number of real life conversations along the same lines. The Chicago producer (born Curtis Jones) recalls, “Chit Chat always makes me think of Tony Humphries because he showed that song so much love. It’s really because of him that the song became as popular as it did.” The track, along with two discs full of equally essential productions from the Cajual Records catalog, appears on Only 4 U: The Sound Of Cajmere And Cajual Records 1992 – 2012, out October 30th 2012.
As if turning up rare footage of a Shark Vegas performance while going through the !K7 video archives wasn’t fortunate enough, we’ve now been introduced to another Factory Records video obscurity, courtesy of Biting Tongues. The band have been generous enough to share a VHS-rip of the video for “Meat Mask Separatist,” which appears on the Fac. Dance 02 collection. It’s a great video, and also well worth reading the description which lists some of the recording techniques behind the song, including “early digital sampling using a BELL delay ‘s hold function (upright piano), loops of Belisha beacon, pyrex and kidney dishes & Lowenbrau shekere.” Amazing.
Shark Vegas was a Berlin-based outfit, lead by Factory Records’ German representative, Mark Reeder. Despite an excellent pedigree, including Bernard Sumner on the boards and the infamous Connie Plank recording, the group’s music remains an overlooked entry in Factory’s vast catalog, and performance footage of the group is extremely scarce. You can imagine our surprise then when we turned up this recording of a performance of the track “You Hurt Me,” which also happens to appear on Fac. Dance 02, in a dig through the !K7 video archives. Call it synchronicity. From the lighting to the video quality to the instruments on stage, every element is perfectly evocative of the era. Fac. Dance 02 is out now.
One of the most rewarding parts of working on This Ain’t Chicago was the ability to learn about the golden age of the UK underground party and acid house scene from the people who were a part of it. By virtue of the word of mouth nature of the scene, the inside story hasn’t been widely shared in same manner as, say, accounts of the early days of hip-hop in New York. As a supplement to the music on the compilation (and the excellent liner notes by Dave Swindells), we sat down with some of the major players, including Lesley Lawrence of Bang The Party, P-Mac (producer for May), Kiss FM DJ Colin Faver, and of course Richard Sen, to speak about the parties, drum machines, labels, and drugs that inspired the music. These guys are a wealth of knowledge and talent, and it was an honor to listen to their stories.
Having explored some of the amazing house music coming out of the UK in the mid-80s on This Ain’t Chicago it’s a pleasure to come back to the city that originated the house music style, and to some of it’s most notable practitioners. Only 4 U (out October 30th on double CD, double LP & digital download) collects two decades of music on Chicago’s Cajual Records, including indisputable classics such as label founder (later to be known as Green Velvet) Cajmere’s “Percolator” & “Brighter Days,” all the up to fantastic music the label is still releasing today. The collection brings together the many shades of Cajual for the first time in a definitive label overview presented with rare photos from the Cajual Records archive and liner notes by Bill Brewster of DJ History.
1. CAJMERE – PERCOLATOR (Remastered Original mix) 4.44
2. CAJMERE – CONFLICT 7.17
3. CAJMERE – CHIT CHAT (Clubhouse remix) 4.33
4. CAJMERE feat. DAJAE – BRIGHTER DAYS (Louie’s Masters At Work mix) 10.41
5. CAJMERE feat. DERRICK CARTER – DREAM STATES 7.06
6. CAJMERE feat. TERENCE FM – FEELIN’ KINDA HIGH (Vocal mix) 5.21
7. DAJAE – GET UP OFF ME (Cajmere’s mix) 5.39
8. GEMINI – IF YOU GOT TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING 5.26
9. DAJAE – DAY BY DAY (Chez ‘N’ Trent vocal mix) 6.04
10. CAJMERE – HOUSE-WERK (Original mix) 7.54
11. CAJMERE feat. WALTER PHILIPS – MIDNIGHT (Original mix) 4.44
12. DAJAE – U GOT ME UP (Danny Tenaglia’s Club version) 8.05
1. GLENN UNDERGROUND – BEYOND 10.00 – UK jazz dude
2. GEMINI – LE FUSION 6.17
3. JOHNNY FIASCO – TAURUS 6.49
4. BRAXTON HOLMES presents JOHN REDMAN – PEOPLE EVERYDAY (12” mix Basement Boys Style) 10.32
5. ADAM – MOMENTS IN TIME 8.00
6. G.U. – THE WHEEL 7.31
7. DEEP SENSATION – GET TOGETHER (Deep Vocal mix) 6.41
8. ANDRE HARRIS – I CAN’T TAKE IT (Andre’s Original) 10.45
9. CAJMERE – SAY U WILL (Original mix) 5.29
10. GREEN VELVET presents JAMIE PRINCIPAL – LALALALALA (NSIDE MY MIND) 7.45
11. CAJMERE & RUSSOUL – LET’S DANCE 7.11
As savvy listeners return to the joys of classic Acid House, revelers with their fingers on the pulse are taking inspiration from the energy and spontaneity of the late 80s warehouse / underground scene for a fresh run of quality events. Accordingly, a mere one day after our NYC celebration Richard Sen will be joining the absolutely killer line-up of A Little Summer Of Love to celebrate the golden age of UK House Music. Feel the love!
Saturday June 30th @ Westbourne Studios (242 Acklam Road, London)
A Little Summer of Love w/ A Guy Called Gerald, Noel Watson, Richard Sen + more
7:00 PM – 2:30 AM
Tom Moulton is a dance music legend and pioneer in the same realm as Walter Gibbons, whose work we explored on our Jungle Music collection a couple of years ago. When we found out that we had the opportunity to release for the first time on vinyl a rare Moulton edit of Bang The Party’s “Bang Bang You’re Mine” (which appears on Richard Sen’s This Ain’t Chicago collection), you can imagine our excitement. This is lovely slice of dance floor bliss, and a great example of the cross-polination of the nascent UK House scene with the American producers who helped inspire it. This version will be released on limited vinyl 12″ and digital single on July 23rd, along with May’s “Love Me Baby” and a new Richard Sen edit of K.C.C.’s “Future III.”
It wouldn’t do to put out a record like This Ain’t Chicago without adding a live DJ experience, would it? For the lucky folks in New York City, Richard Sen will spinning classics from the early days of the UK Acid House movement at Cielo, home of one of the best sound systems in the city. And if for some reason you needed more incentive to come party with us, he’ll also be joined by Dennis “Citizen” Kane, of Disques Sinthomme fame. If you were there for the original days of Acid, this should be a welcome return. If you missed out, now’s your chance to turn that frown upside down!
Friday June 29th @ Cielo (18 Little West 12th St. NYC)
This Ain’t Chicago Release Party w/ Richard Sen & Dennis “Citizen” Kane
We’re going straight to the dance floor with this one! The midwestern American origins of House music have been widely celebrated, but there’s something about the period when UK producers first started responding to the sounds making their way over from American shores that we find very special. On This Ain’t Chicago, Richard Sen (of Bronx Dogs and Padded Cell fame) collects key tracks from the early rave days when acid house was starting to be heard clubs like Shoom, Spectrum, The Hacienda, The Jungle and others. Classics and should-be classics are featured on this two disc collection (due for international release on June 25th, July 10th in the US), which will also feature extensive liner notes, and a deeper look at some of the clubs, DJs and producers that pushed the UK deep into Acid territory.
1. BANG THE PARTY – BANG BANG YOU’RE MINE (Full Vocal remix)
2. WINDOW SMASHERS – FREE TO BE
3. JULIAN JONAH – JEALOUSY AND LIES
4. BABY FORD – CRASHING
5. MAN WITH NO NAME – FROM WITHIN THE MIND OF MY 909
6. RIO RHYTHM BAND – CUBA JAKKIN’
7. PLAYTIME TOONS – SHAKER SONG
8. JAIL BREAK – MENTALITY
9. EXOCET – SAFETY ZONE
10. RETURN OF THE LIVING ACID – TWIN TUB
11. CXX – THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS (Mix by Rhythm Doctor – Richard Sen Edit)
12. JULIE STAPLETON – WHERE’S THE LOVE GONE (remix)
13. ROHAN DELANO – INFLIGHT
1. SLY AND LOVECHILD – THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SLY & LOVECHILD (Andrew Weatherall Soul Of Europe mix)
2. ABILITY II – PRESSURE DUB
3. STATIC – IRON ORBIT (J. Saul Kane mix)
4. M. D. EMM – 1666 (Pyro-Maniac mix)
5. COLM III – TAKE ME HIGH (Mansion mix)
6. S.L.F. – SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT
7. PAUL RUTHERFORD – GET REAL (Happy House mix)
8. BIZZARE INC – TECHNOLOGICAL
9. US – BORN IN THE NORTH
10. ANNETTE – DREAM 17
A GUY CALLED GERALD – SPECIFIC HATE
THIS AIN’T CHICAGO – RIDE THE RHYTHM