PLAYLIST: CHICAGO, THE HOUSE MUSIC'S BIRTHPLACE
Jessie Saunders, Ron Hardy, Farley Jackmaster Funk, J.M. Silk, Marshall Jefferson, Robert Owens, Adonis, The House Master Boys, Joe Smooth, Rocky Jones, Li'l Louis, Mickey Oliver, Mr Lee, Risse
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_house
Chicago house generally refers to house music which was produced during the mid-1980s and late-1980s within Chicago. Chicago house is not a particular style of house music; the term is generally used to refer to the first ever house music productions, which were by Chicago-based artists in the 1980s.
Following Chicago's Disco Demolition Night in mid-1979, disco music's mainstream popularity fell into decline. In the early 1980s, fewer and fewer disco records were being released, but the genre remained popular in some Chicago nightclubs and on at least one radio station, WBMX-FM. In this era, Chicago radio jocks The Hot Mix 5, and club DJs Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles played various styles of dance music, including older disco records, newer Italo disco and electro funk tracks, B-Boy Hip Hop music by Man Parrish, Jellybean Benitez, Arthur Baker and John Robie as well as electronic pop music by Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Some of these DJs also made and played their own edits of their favorite songs on reel-to-reel tape, focusing on the portions of songs which worked well on the dancefloor.
Some even mixed in effects, drum machines, and other rhythmic electronic instrumentation in an effort to give songs more appeal. These edits and remixes were rarely released to the public, and even then were available only on privately pressed vinyl records or on mixtapes.
As with other dance music, DJs and local club-goers were the primary audience for this relatively noncommercial music, which was more conceptual and longer than the music usually played on commercial radio. Mainstream record stores often did not carry it, as the records were not available through the major record distributors.
In Chicago, only record stores such as Importes Etc., State Street Records, JR’s Music shop and Gramaphone Records were the primary suppliers of this music.
Despite the music's limited commercial availability, house records sold in the tens of thousands, and the music was further popularized via radio station 102.7 WBMX-FM, where Program Director Lee Michaels gave airtime to the station's resident DJ team, the Hot Mix 5 (Ralph Rosario, Mickey "Mixin" Oliver, Scott "Smokin" Silz, Kenny "Jammin" Jason, and Farley "Jackmaster" Funk).
Many of the songs that defined the Chicago house music sound were released primarily on vinyl by the labels DJ International Records and Trax Records, both of which had distribution outside of Chicago, leading to house's popularity in other cities, including New York and London. Mr. Fingers - "Can You Feel It?" (1986)
It was a seminal deep house track.
Phuture's "Acid Tracks" (1987) is often considered the 'first' acid house record.
Trends in house music soon became subgenres, such as the lush, slower-tempo deep house, and the stark, especially hypnotic acid house. Deep house's origins can be traced to Chicago producer Mr Fingers's relatively jazzy, soulful recordings "Mystery of Love" (1985) and "Can You Feel It?" (1986), which, according to author Richie Unterberger, moved house music away from its "posthuman tendencies back towards the lush" soulful sound of early disco music.
FOLLOW THIS LINK - HISTORICAL ITINERARY:
Acid House - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt98MSLOMjSn60Rmn7KYnzNHBgk0UwzGj
- Gramaphone Records: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramaphone_Records
- the Hot Mix 5: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Mix_5
- Trax Records: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trax_Records
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