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Back in 2017, Jerome Derradji received a call by one of Chicago's most renowned record dealers. It went like this: "Hey Jerome, I've got all these reel to reel tapes of Chicago House stuff. You want to take a look?" Less than 24 hours later, more than 160 reels were purchased and safely hauled back to the Still Music office and Jerome got to work. Around 50 of these tapes are DJ Mixes that were broadcasted on WGCI and WBMX in the mid to late eighties mostly with the Hot Mix 5. They were played on the radio only once and were lost until today. This series is an absolute window back to the heydays of Chicago House music....
Who da heck is Devastating Daryl?! This 3rd mixtape from Still Music Chicago’s recent discovery of 160 reel-to-reels should go some way to answering that question with two separate mixes made Daryl c. 1988 in the thick of the Chicago house phenomenon.
Side A is simply dated 5/4/88 and gets to work on your ass with immediate effect, cutting thru deepest, rudest and ruggedestest strains of Jack music, mercifully preserved remarkably well on the archaic format.
The B-side is titled W.G.C.I 1390 and was presumably recorded on the Chicago radio station of same name. The fidelity is a bit lower this side, but the tunes are pure gems, full of Afro-Cuban rhythms, freestyle soul vocals and percolated synth chorales with judicious use of flanging FX.