Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bang the Box!!! (Past, Present and Future Pt. 2)

We at Clearly Good Music had a sincerely good time this week at all of our parties. Tipsy Tuesday at Jolly Bob's, Jump Around at Cardinal Bar, PBR @ Segredo, Wyatt at Plan B, and the Moomba+ radio show were all top times so thanks to everyone who was down to clown.  I had been expecting the day I wrote this article to be extra gorgeous and it just didn't quite make it there.  Dark and dreary and cold.  So I decided I wanted to listen to house music, but not the kind that usually is labeled "classic house" but rather, to play what I actually used to rave to in order to get the day started right.  Kids, meet Bad Boy Bill, Hyperactive and Terry Mullan. They invented rage face but it came from having to hall five record cases full of vinyl up to every Chicago loft party :)  This is the house music I remember from Chicago rave parties.  Aggressively and actively mixed jackin' records from DJ's who probably don't endorse the "sync" button.  That is not a diss on DJ's who use those modern tools but there is something to consider.  These DJ's had no computer screen, no lines to match up on Serato and usually could barely see in the lofts and warehouses they played at.  These are live mixes, no internal mode to bail you out, often no effects to mask anything.  STR8 Mixin' and Bangin'. Enjoy the true sound of the underground, unless you mean B96 in Chitown, none of these records you will hear were ever played on the radio.  I was going to write a bunch about a classic house DJ/producer named DJ Sneak attacking the Swedish House Mafia and Steve Angello for not repping house music well.  Instead I'm going to mention the fact that there are many DJ's right here in Madison who balance the old and new elements of house and dance music perfectly and are the best of both the DJ Sneak era and the Swedish House Mafia era.  Their names are Nick Nice, Mike Carlson, Wyatt Agard, DJ Foundation and a host of others.  Sorry for the run on paragraph by the way. One thought. One love.

Hyperactive Live in Madison, WI 1995

Terry Mullans Infamous "New School Fusion" (not called volume one cuz he probably didn't plan on making more, he did)