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 [...]

Pitch shift: 10 Records that Sound Incredible at the Wrong Speed

By |2020-04-15T20:51:35-05:00April 15th, 2020|Disco, DJ, Documentary, Entertaiment|

DJs have long experimented with the speeds of their records to add a little bit of personality to their sets. Patrick Ryder follows in the footsteps of the great dancefloor innovators to pick out ten records which shine when played at the wrong speed. Words: Patrick Ryder If you grew up in a house with a [...]

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 [...]

Wonderful Things: The Kid Creole and the Coconuts Story

By |2019-12-20T20:59:55-06:00December 18th, 2019|Biography, Disco, Documentary, Entertaiment, Interviews, Music, Music News|

Luciano Viti / Getty This story was funded by Longreads Members Join and help support great storytelling Michael A. Gonzales| Longreads | December 2019 | 31 minutes (6,214 words)As New York City wallowed in social and economic disarray during the early 1980s, music still ruled supreme. The boom bap of rap bubbled in the outer [...]

The “Jersey Sound” – Top 100 tunes (30 Years Later and the music lives on!)

By |2019-12-20T20:56:52-06:00December 18th, 2019|Disco, DJ, Documentary, House, House Music, Music News|

by Christopher Flowers Jersey's contribution to House Music has been obscured by time and eclipsed by its Chi-town birthplace and the mighty swagger of New York City's House music offerings.  Those of you who were too young to be clubbing or weren't clubbing in the years between 1985 - 1989 or even in the early 90s, [...]

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 [...]

When Techno Was House

By |2019-08-08T17:41:47-05:00August 8th, 2019|Announcements, Chicago, Disco, DJ, House, House Music, Interviews, news|

Stacey Hale Courtesy of Stacey Hale Techno and house are widely regarded as distinct musical genres these days, but in the beginning, there was more overlap than anyone might realize. While Detroit artists eventually developed their own style, the Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson) have always acknowledged Chicago’s influence and the fruitful musical dialogue between [...]