Format: LP Vinyl
Status: Εξαντλημένο - Out of Stock
Label: STRUT
Release Date: 16/02/2014
Number of Discs: 2

Strut presents Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997, the first definitive retrospective of one of Chicago s most important and innovative house music labels. Emerging as a raw alternative to the powerhouses of Trax and DJ International during the mid- 80s, Dance Mania continued to represent street-level Chicago club music into the 90s, helping to pioneer the Ghetto House sound. Hardcore Traxx traces the full story of the label from its heyday. Founded in 1985 and managed by Ray Barney, Dance Mania hit the ground running with its second release in 86, the incendiaryHardcore Jazz EP by Duane & Co. Barney quickly became a trustworthy outlet for early house and acid productions by upcoming Chicago artists such as Lil Louis, Marshall Jefferson and Farley Keithaka Farkey Jackmaster Funk.

The label set out its stall with a series of landmark Chicago releases including 7 Ways by Hercules, Li l Louis The Original Video Clash, and international smash House Nation by Housemaster Boyz. During the 80s, it cemented its reputation for uncompromising club records and DJ Tools with sounds spanning raw garage (Victor Romeo s Love Will Find A Way), acid trax (Robert Armani) and quality house (Da Posse).

Into the 90s, Barney unleashed the groundbreaking "Hit It From The Back" by Traxmen and Eric Martin, ushering in a primitive new sound around faster, stripped down rhythms and X-rated party-starting lyric lines. Barney remembers, Guys used to call in and ask for music on Dance Mania they were saying, gimme some of that ghetto stuff. Dance Mania producer DJ Slugo adds, when we made Ghetto House... we made music for the bitches. Music for the grinding sh*t and all of that. The sound spawned a whole new swathe of homegrown producers releasing a fast flow of no-compromise dancefloor bangers: Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, DJ Milton, Waxmaster and Slugo all became leaders of the scene. The influence of ghetto house became widespread, not least for Daft Punk, whose track "Teachers" from their Homework album in 1997 was effectively a tribute to Dance Mania. The new wave of productions also paved the way for the later Chicago juke and footwork scene.

Today, with the label back up and running courtesy of Ray Barney and Parris Mitchell, Dance Mania remains a revered Chicago institution across dance music. With Hardcore Traxx, Strut traces the history of the label on a definitive compilation for the first time, from the early classics to ghetto house anthems alongside big money rarities and oddities hidden within their substantial catalogue. Produced in association with Dance Mania, the release is compiled by Conor Keeling (DJ behind the popular "Teachers" Daft Punk influences online mix) with help from Miles Simpson of Ransom Note. Physical formats feature full label history and artist interviews by DJ Chrissy Murderbot alongside rare photos.


Disc: 1

1. Hercules - 7 Ways (Club) - Hercules

2. Victor Romeo featuring Leatrice Brown - Love Will Find A Way (Club) - Victor Romeo

3. The House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House - House Nation - The House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House

4. Duane & Co J.B. Traxx - Duane & Co

5. Vincent Floyd - I Dream You - Vincent Floyd

6. Da Posse featuring Martell - Searchin Hard - Da Posse

7. Club Style - Crazy Wild - Club Style

8. Jammin The House Gerald - Black Women (Club) - Jammin' The House Gerald

9. Tyree - Nuthin Wrong - Tyree

10. Strong Souls Twinkles - Strong Souls

11. 3.2.6 Falling (Armando s House mix) - 3.2.6

12. Rhythm II Rhythm A Touch Of Jazz (Lifestyles Of The Rich mix) - Rhythm II Rhythm

Disc: 2

1. DJ Funk - House the Groove - DJ Funk

2. Paul Johnson Feel My M.F. Bass - Paul Johnson

3. DJ Funk The Original Video Clash: Video Clash II (Street mix) - DJ Funk

4. Parris Mitchell Project feat. Wax Master - Ghetto Shout Out!! - Parris Mitchell Project

5. DJ Deeon Da Bomb - DJ Deeon

6. Houz Mon Fear The World - Houz' Mon

7. Vincent Floyd I m So Deep - Vincent Floyd

8. Tim Harper Toxic Waste (Club mix) - Tim Harper

9. Robert Armani Ambulance - Robert Armani

10. DJ Deeon House-O-Matic - DJ Deeon

11. Traxmen & Eric Martin Hit It From The Back - Traxmen & Eric Martin

12. Top Cat Work Out - Top Cat