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Caserta’s “Ricky” Is Another Grand Shadeleaf Release

Shadeleaf has been somewhat over-represented in our review section over the last year. It's for good reason, and you should prepare for many more. thatmanmonkz continues to give a clinic in modern A&R with...

Listen to Miruga’s Marvelous “Be Free”

You can hear a certain song for 5 seconds and it feels like you've been listening to it your whole life. That's how I felt about "Be Free" from Miruga's EP of the same...
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Marc King: Ever Forward (FXHE)

At a time when most American labels are having trouble getting records pressed, the greatest problem Omar S and FXHE are having is keeping them in stock. As of May 2015, Detroit's FXHE has...

Point G: Classics and Unreleased Jams

There hasn't been a more inexplicable but delightful story than the resurgence of interest in the music of Gregory Darsa. His Point G alias has been taking most of the bows but it's a...
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Classic Label Cyclo Reissues and Remixes Rednail Kidz

The Derrick Carter and Chris Nazurka collaboration "Do My Thing" gets remixed by Mystic Bill, Hallo Halo, Your Only Friend and Nacho Marco. There ain't a human being on Planet Earth that can say they...

New Perspectives: Julius The Mad Thinker Prepares Concept Album

Chicago DJ and producer Julius The Mad Thinker has offered a sneak preview of a new concept album he calls Perspective.
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Secret Studio: Thought Subtraction EP

Every record from these guys feels like a real "secret" - a present shared from two neighbors that moved away to California to become hippies and the fam they left back home. It's not...
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Various Artists: Deep Club

It's usually with a bit of embarrassment that I write about the records of ex-Chicagoans. The "brain drain" is real, it's been going on for decades now and it's never going to stop. Deep...
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Joey Anderson: Dozen Roses

The electrifying EP finds Joey Anderson back where soul music, techno, space disco and oddball novelty records meet.

Closer To Truth: Chapter Two

Various Artists strikes again with an EP that's more of a label sampler and nearly as long as an album from the dynamic new label Closer To Truth. Launched with a series of free...
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Kerri Chandler: The Thing for Linda 2010 (Downtown 161)

Repressed for the masses, Kerri Chandler's The Thing For Linda 2010 has grown 10 times more brilliant and bright in my eyes since first released.

Occidental: Pariah Dreams

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From Hell With Love: 5 Years of Lumberjacks in Hell

The grand experiment known as Lumberjacks in Hell has been a smashing success. In five years’ time, label owner Marcel Vogel has managed the delicate balancing act of attracting some of the most prominent...
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Closer To Truth Drops Another Hot Comp

Chapter Four features standbys Alex Agore, J's Gruv and Nicolas Meyer with some new blood.

Ron Trent’s Dance Floor Boogie Delites

"If you close your eyes you can almost hear Stevie": Ron Trent's Boogie Down/In The Light on Music and Power.

Various: Delusions of Grandeur 50

On first listen the Delusions of Grandeur 50th release brings to mind several descriptors like spacey, mysterious, smooth, funky, weird, super sexy, quirky and groovy. After listening a few more times I'd add...
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Donnie Tempo: Trak Register

The one and only Donnie Tempo aka Darren Brandon aka DJ Quad and a dozen other akas shows up on black wax from Chicago's Perpetual Rhythms.
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Blue Mondays: Vinyl Ain’t Vintage Vol 1

A rallying cry from two guys that make beautiful but fun Deep House.

Lay-Far: How I Communicate

Cloudy skies be damned! "How I Communicate" is a delicious disco slice of heaven guaranteed to perk up your atmosphere on even the gloomiest of days. Whether you like your disco on...
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Garage Favorites from Plastik People’s Collections #6

Hi Times, DB Selective and Ruff Trax get repressed on shimmering black wax by Marc Cotterell's Plastik People.

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