Larry Sherman, founder of pioneering dance label Trax, dies of heart failure

By |2020-04-15T22:05:43-05:00April 15th, 2020|Chicago, Classics, Disco, Documentary, House, House Music, larry Heard, Music News, Pioneer|

Record label head put out Chicago house classics including Can U Feel It and Your Love  Trax records’ Larry Sherman with the Chicago-born ‘queen of house music’ Screamin’ Rachael Larry Sherman, whose record label Trax changed the face of dance music, has died of heart failure. The news was confirmed by the current head of [...]

10 EARLY-80S POST-DISCO TRACKS THAT HELPED INSPIRE HOUSE

By |2020-04-15T20:15:43-05:00April 15th, 2020|Chicago, Classics, Disco, DJ, Documentary, Entertaiment, Music, Music News, New York|

Because it didn't go from 'I Feel Love' to 'Strings Of Life' - the early 80s saw the birth of what we now know to call ‘post-disco’   When Frankie Knuckles famously described house music as disco's revenge, it set in motion an origin story tantamount to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. House and disco [...]

For Frankie: Inside the Frankie Knuckles Foundation

By |2020-02-04T13:55:40-06:00February 4th, 2020|5 Magazine, Chicago, Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, Czarina Mirani, DJ, Documentary, Interviews|

  Formed a year ago, the Frankie Knuckles Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of Frankie Knuckles‘ mission as the global ambassador of House Music through media, conservation and public events continuing and supporting the causes he advocated. Founder, president and executive director Frederick Dunson takes us inside the Foundation ahead of their fundraiser in celebration of Frankie’s Birthday at Smartbar, [...]

VF Mix 172: Larry Heard by Stump Valley

By |2019-12-20T21:02:50-06:00November 27th, 2019|Chicago, Classics, DJ, Documentary, Interviews, producer|

A personal take on the soulful house pioneer’s discography. Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers has helped shape house music over the last thirty five years. From penning the genre’s early anthems like ‘Can You Feel It?’ to releasing the first full-length house LP with Fingers Inc., Heard had a formative influence on the music’s [...]

In Conversation With Tony Humphries

By |2019-10-13T17:37:56-05:00October 13th, 2019|advice, Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, DJ, Documentary|

https://youtu.be/ejg0UUxDC0k It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to House icon Tony Humphries. The legendary DJ, producer and remixer started his career at Kiss-FM Radio making a name for himself on WRKS 98.7 Kiss-FM and Hot 97’s radio slots and then thanks to his residency at one of the greatest US clubs, The [...]

15 Essential Disco House Tracks That Every Head Should Know

By |2019-10-13T17:24:59-05:00October 13th, 2019|Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, Disco, DJ, Documentary, Entertaiment, House, House Music, Music, Music News, playlist|

House is a continuation of disco. You can hear that easily in its arrangement and in its sound, which samples and pulls liberally from the popular club music of the ’70s and early ’80s. And, in fact, many of the first Chicago house records featured interpolated vocal riffs, basslines and melodies cribbed from classic Salsoul, Prelude and West End [...]

10 EARLY-80S POST-DISCO TRACKS THAT HELPED INSPIRE HOUSE (MIXMAG)

By |2019-07-30T04:36:01-05:00July 30th, 2019|Classics, Disco, House Music, MixMAg, My House Radio|

Because it didn't go from 'I Feel Love' to 'Strings Of Life' - the early 80s saw the birth of what we now know to call ‘post-disco’ LOUIS ANDERSON-RICH When Frankie Knuckles famously described house music as disco's revenge, it set in motion an origin story tantamount to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. House and [...]

Yvonne Turner Helped Invent House Music—So Why Does No One Know Her Name?

By |2019-07-13T13:53:23-05:00July 13th, 2019|Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, Disco, DJ, Documentary, Entertaiment, House, House Music, Interviews, Music, New York|

Yvonne Turner back in the day. Graphic by Drew Litowitz.   Nineteen eighty-four is often remembered as one of pop’s most seismic years, thanks in large part to Prince and Madonna. But it was also the year that gave us house music. Jesse Saunders’ “On and On” is widely considered to be the first house [...]