Over the last five or six years, Still Music boss Jerome Derradji has been on a mission to chronicle the formative years of the Chicago house movement via a series of compilations that aim to shine a light on forgotten Windy City labels and producers. His latest collection focuses on Let's Dance Records, a largely overlooked Chicago imprint helmed by DJ Mike Macherello and in-house producer/engineer Duane Thamm Jr. The 11 tracks showcased on this fine collection were all recorded and released between 1983 and '85, mostly by Macharello and Thamm at the controls, and as such sound like the roots of house music - even if the tracks themselves are largely influenced by Italo-disco, NYC electro, wavy synth-pop and Windy City disco-boogie. Incidentally, a compilation focusing on the duo's follow-up imprint, Play House Records, is apparently in the works.
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