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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chicago Skyway Selects Five Favorite Recent Dance Records

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

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Hopefully you were lucky enough to catch Chicago Skyway's set last Saturday at upstart 222 Hyde-based party Acid Test. But if you weren't -- or if your ears are still buzzing -- then you're in luck, because we've managed to get the man to send over five of his favorite recent tracks. As you might expect from a DJ who's been active since the late '80s, his selections are deep and varied, with the kind of forward-thinking-yet-old-school Chicago-vibe he works with on his own productions. Give these a spin, and, if they're your thing, then be sure to check out Acid Test's events in the near future for further explorations of "the art and artistry of vinyl DJing."

"Beat Traxx," by Ricardo Miranda

"A lot of people underestimate the beat track. These are perfect to get the crowd hyped, to play an accapella over, or to just transition from one mood to another. I've been listening to these beats nonstop for the past couple of days."

"Phazzled," by Ike Release / Innerspace Halflife

"A great release by the MOS Label! Hakim and Ike throw down! I really like Ike's "Phazzled" on this one simply for the atmospherics and that beautiful pad. That flanged out sound is really hypnotic, and it definitely takes you on a voyage."

"Can You Feel It," by Jamie 326

"I'm really lucky to have been able to attend the many Basement Parties Jamie 3:26 used to play at. It was a huge basement on the South Side of Chicago. Dark. Damp. Music was always bangin'. Disco and house all night long. This takes me back to those parties. Pure and sleazy. Taking out the meat and potatoes of the song... just like Uncle Ronnie Hardy taught us."

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