Artist of the day #50

How does one stumble upon Shawn Shegog‘s records in 2012? One doesn’t. One either got those some time ago, seriously digging or seriously paying. So why then? Well, Shegog mostly was a singer, or at least vocalist on some Mark Imperial releases, his No Name ones, and he really did contribute to the edge those have. On both his solo releases, he’s simply manages to get everything right (with a little help from the Imperial cohorts) especially on the “Living in the dark side” dub, one version absent from youtube and such, one heavily involved in my DJ sets.

Little is know about Shegog’s history, so one can only speculate, but one remarkable aspect of both his releases is the unlikely and all to rare dark visual aspect of his labels, one that is all too much absent in Chicago house, at least that dark! Maybe Shegog was way too tormented for this scene and vanished, yet he left us with two gems and that makes him a Chi town hero in my book.

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave

PS : shout out to Acid Square


Track of the day #49 – File under acid #4

People familiar with my sets will probably recognize this. When I first discovered this some years ago, I couldn’t believe this wasn’t considered a classic, but I made my peace, played the shit out of it, and it now seems to have gained some new attention in this past year. Mark Imperial is a special case, a business man with a strong musical vision, at least for acid house : he got the basic structure pretty fluently, but what sets him apart from other acid knoblers is he indeed got a more musical sensibility with that then most. Probably more famous for his Laurent X‘s Machines and his 1985 hit “J’Adore Danser“, the cherry over the cake is this incredibly poetic track, a “She Ain’t Nuthin But A Hoe” that subtly makes the acid line run and turn every corner possible in the book, a thing of beauty with an infectious groove that possibly sounds even more relevant now than it did some 25 years ago!

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #48 – File under acid lines #3

Another classic acid line. Eh… It’s actually more of a great 808 bass line, but who cares when it’s such a great track! Few people know of this since it’s one of the more elusive Chicago 12″s, one that will cost you serious dough if you wanna include it to your bag. Code 3 is a weird little unit responsible for three cool little tracks between 1987 and 1989 (1996 also saw an unlikely resurgence, but it is far from noteworthy), and apart from the somewhat famous Duane Thamm Jr. (countless collaborations with the likes of Denise Motto, Chip E, House Master Baldwin, Crystalite, etc, and his glorious Knight Action project), you won’t find anyone there that did anything beyond this project. And that is sad because Antonio Suarez Jr, Yolanda Colon &  S. Jammin-Lee have become heroes of mine, understanding so well the fundamentals of chi house and providing a coupla timeless underground classics that always manages to take the spotlight in my DJ sets.

Not acid but nevertheless balls :

Antonio Suarez JR also is responsible for the little nugget that Lisa Perez‘s “It’s Hot” is

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #47 – File under acid lines #2

First there was house, then there was acid. In the grand scheme that acid house music is, Maurice Joshua or just Maurice was at the right place at the right moment when he released in late 1988 his genre defining “This Is Acid“. “I Got A Big Dick” is another favorite, but for some reason his third track from that same year seems to have slipped through the cracks of history, probably because it was only release as part of a european compilation and never re-issued. That is a mighty shame as “The Other Side” certainly counts as one of the deepest acid tracks thanks to an inhabited vocal and one of the most beautiful 808 line ever. I think that I’m gonna write about those lines a little in the coming days, but Maurice just had to come first. There you go :

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #46

Back in the days, some of the best Detroit techno used to come from the UK, or that’s what we liked to think anyways. The likes of Stasis, Nuron, Black Dog, B12, In Sync and many others were at least on par with the motor city producers. One of the key factors surely was an early exposure to those sounds thanks to forward thinking record shops and distributors. One of those shops was the Fat Cat one, which would grow into the major indie label that it now is, even when the shop’s been now defunct for years. In this shop used to work Lee Grainge, a DJ and former music distributor specialized in electronic dance music, an occasional music producer (Ephebe, Original Vintage and Eagles Prey). After a few early record venture, Lee paired with the elusive Hazel Bligh to produce a couple of brilliant EPs under the Human guise. Over 15 years later those records still hold magic and direction, forgotten lore that should find its way into most techno and music enthusiast’s worlds.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #45 – Jason Noble’s passing.

Quite a sad one this time. I was recently having a discussion with fellow friends about the hay days of US punk rock, and Shipping News‘ first LP was voiced many times. And now, out of the blue, I just learn that its founding member passed away yesterday.  Jason Noble was also a leading voice in the careers of bands such as Rachels and Rodan, but Shipping News’ initial effort was back then one of the few remaining reasons many of us didn’t totally give up on current rock music in favor of Aphex, Autechre and co. Sure, Noble was already interested in electronics and filling his various recordings with field recordings and noises (his Per Mission project), but he was still loyal to a rock idiom that is now long washed out.

This is very sad news indeed, no puns intended, and the only good thing that could come out of it is if more people get introduced to this wonderful piece of rock that Save Everything is.

(if you don’t like the punk aspect of this, just fast forward to 3:00 or something and enjoy the tripy journey that is offered to you)

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the Day #44

Still on pseudo holiday, but still on the case!

Holidays… What the frig is that anyways? Do people quit on music for a little while when they leave home, does the record releasing process ever stop? Ah… I probably don’t know what I’m talking about since the concept of holidays has become so remote in the past few year in this writer’s case. What I do know, is that early Todd Terry still makes me forget about work and problems and lets my body take control. Terry sure is one of the biggest and richest oldschool house producer out there, and his name almost became a joke in the late 90ies, but he didn’t get where he got producing lame ass bland shit. No, he rocked the house as hard as Mr Lee and Chicago’s best! Here’s a forgotten door into NY’s finest!

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave