Boomkat Product Review:
There's very little that can be said about the legendary DJ International imprint that hasn't already, simply put - this is a label that really did change the face of electronic music. Having emerged out of a distribution network in the mid 80's, DJ International fast started pressing up their own releases and over the next few years would release some of the biggest and most influential Chicago House tracks of all time - many of which are strewn across this incredible compilation. The track-listing really does read like an educational trawl through the history of Chicago House Music, kicking off with Steve "Silk" Hurley's mighty "Jack Your Body", via Joe Smooth's 'Promised Land', Fingers Inc's 'It's Over' and Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk's classic "Love Can't Turn Around. Many of these tracks have become so entrenched in popular culture over the years that its sometimes hard to remember just how pioneering this music really was 25 years ago and running through this compilation gives you an opportunity to trace the evolution with a fresh perspective. Anyone looking for a solid primer for classic Chicago House should investigate without delay, and watch out for volume two due soon.
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