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Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995 Double CD

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  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: STRUT
  • ASIN: B00FYCTXZM
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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.

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A compilation of two halves. The first being classic Chicago house a la Trax and DJ International. The second being a collection of ghetto house classics.

Knowing Dance Mania more for its booty shaking ghetto sound, if anything I was more impressed with some of the tracks in that classic early house vein. Both the Da Posse ft. Martell tracks are absolute quality smooth house with nice jazzy piano. Equally both the Vincent Floyd tracks are excellent, the first being reminiscent of Larry Heard, the second closer to Derrick May. The Rhythm II Rhythm track is probably the highlight of the whole comp for me. The electric piano chords, those choral swells, the high pitched interconnecting synth bleeps, it all works so well. A couple of more jacking, techno-ier tracks sandwich the lovely deep house track by Strong Souls, aptly named 'Twinkles'. Both the Victor Romeo tracks are great also, be it the soulful vocal track of 'Love Will Find a Way' or the funkier, organ led 'Ride the Ride Rhythm'. Funnily enough my least favourite tracks are the two most famous. Maybe it's down to overexposure, but Hercules's (Marshall Jefferson) '7 Ways' and 'House Nation' seem to drag on forever over their 7-8 mins.

So overall first half impressions exceeded expectations. There is some very nice classic first wave house here. Now onto the half I most fancied beforehand.

Firstly, the names are include many legendary in the ghetto house/ghettotech/juke scenes: DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, Jammin' Gerald, Robert Armani and Paul Johnson is pretty big name in house in general. Whether these are their best work for Dance Mania is arguable but tracks like 'Feel My M.F.
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considering some of the artists/songs on this labels discography i think this album could of been so so so much better than it actually is... some great old school on their though

hopefully a volume 2 is in the works
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If you are a Househead, you will love every track!
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Great tracks took me back to my days.
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HASH(0x90f3bc84) out of 5 stars Quite a bit of fun 31 Mar. 2014
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Not sure how original all these tracks are, house producers were always imitating other producers, but after the initial Chicago house trend passed, Dance Mania kept on and made house fun as hell. Most of these tracks are timeless party tracks... not hard to see at all why Dance Mania tracks are still spun.
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