While not one of the most familiar names from the Chicago house scene, Gene Hunt was nevertheless one of the hardest-working and popular DJs during the Windy City's pioneering 1980s heyday. Here he's paired up with serial Chicago crate-diggers Rush Hour to present a collection of previously unheard tracks originally given to him on reel-to-reel tape. With many of Chicago's original pioneers present (Larry Heard, Virgo Four, Ron Hardy, Steve 'Silk' Hurley, Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk etc), Chicago Dance Tracks is house music's equivalent of finding a bunch of unreleased Beatles recordings in someone's loft. Musically, it's as delightfully raw, funky and uncomplicated as you'd expect, with tracks ranging from proto-acid and early jack-tracks to warped electro disco and heavy 808-funk. Nigh on essential.
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