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Various ArtistsRichard Sen presents This Ain't Chicago - The Underground Sound Of UK House & Acid 1987-1991

"Richard Sen presents This Ain't Chicago - The Underground Sound Of UK House & Acid 1987-1991" compiles twenty-four tracks from the early days of UK house

In September 1986, Farley Jackmaster Funk’s „Love Can’t Turn Around“ peaked at number 2 in the UK’s single charts. Chicago’s house scene was still very young with only a few people outside the US really knowing what was going on in the Windy City, when it had its first transatlantic hit. The first wave of Chicago house that hit the shores of the UK in a big way shortly after inspired a whole generation of British bedroom producers to try and emulate that raw but soulful sound by the likes of Larry Heard, Adonis, Marshall Jefferson, Jesse Saunders, Steve Silk Hurley, et al. „This Ain’t Chicago“ compiles twenty-four of those early takes on the original house sound by UK producers. A few are well known classics, like Baby Ford’s „Crashing,“ Bang The Party’s „Bang Bang You’r Mine,“ Ability II’s „Pressure Dub,“ or This Ain’t Chicago’s „Ride The Rhythm,“ but most of these jams quite possibly would have been forgotten if it hadn’t been for this compilation. Expertly unearthed by longtime DJ Richard Sen (and part of DC Recordings’ „goth-disco“ production duo Padded Cell) the tracks show how close people like Julian Jonah, May or M.D.EMM came to the originals. But there is also this mutated element in a lot of those tracks, a sonic twist that gives away their real origin. Jail Break’s „Mentality“ sounds like a blueprint for Warp’s early bleeps and clonks (with a very New Order-esuqe bassline) for example or US’ acid swinger „Born In The North“ with its vocal „I was born in the north and I live in the north and I will die in the north“ is just pure tongue-in-cheek fun. Important compilation to study the very beginnings of electronic dance music in the UK that kickstarted the second summer of love. Rewind!

Sven von Thülen | Jul 30, 2012
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