Boomkat Product Review:
Still Music Chicago close this killer 1st series of mixtapes with an unidentified mix *possibly* by Ron Hardy, backed with another wicked one by Devastating Daryl. Lost for 30 years and now back in circulation thanks to discovery of some 160 reel-to-reel recordings, Chi freaks should be getting excited right about now!
As the label explain:
"Back in 2017, Jerome Derradji received a call by one of Chicago’s most renowned record dealer. 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. All the mixes were professionally transferred and remastered to the best of our abilities."
Back to this tape - we say *possibly* by Ron Hardy as the unknown A-side is titled Is It You Ron?, but I’m not sure we’ve ever heard Ron scratching, as he does here, so there’s that. No mither, as the mix turns out to be a killer selection of hard-edged, haughty house and string stabs mixed and blended with a purpose: to JACK.
B-side Devastating Daryl shows what he’s about with another funked-up ride thru bumpy Chi beats and booming warehouse acid trax, heavy on the classics but still with enough IDs needed to indulge the trainspotters.