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Vienna Now Deems All Clubs As Culturally Signficant

The high culture in nightlife wars continue to rage on after the well documented troubles of London’s fabric, Chicago’s nightclubs,  and the triumph of Berlin’ Berghain’s status of cultural importance. Now, a new city: Vienna, has come to the night world’s aid, deeming ALL their nightclubs to be spaces of cultural significance and thus ridding them of the country’s 15% “entertainment tax” (it should be noted this tax only pertained to dance events and not to “standing room” style concerts. As an example, an Austrian musician was fined some €10,000 because too many people were dancing at his show). The tax ... Read more

Stream Jackmaster’s DJ-Kicks In Full Now

Prior to its release tomorrow, Jackmaster has provided fans with an early stream of his DJ-Kicks release. The 25 track compilation draws its inspiration from the city’s that have developed Jackmaster’s sound, including Chicago, Detroit and, of course, his native Glasgow. Find more information and stream Jackmaster’s DJ-Kicks – HERE Tracklist: 1. LNRDCROY – Freedom for Antboy II 2. Denis Sulta – My Soul Needs Justice 3. Phil Moffa – Centre Of The World 4. X_1 – Happy Hippie Hifi 5. Eliphino – Isabella Road 6. Massimiliano Pagliara – I Am Running All My Drum Machines At Once and Dancing ... Read more

President Obama Meets With Chosen Few DJs

In the final stages of his presidency, US commander in cool Barack Obama invited Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs to the White House. The “Chosen Few” are 8 Chicago House Music ambassadors (Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn), whose annual Chicago picnic is now in its 26th year. In fact, for its 25th edition, Obama appeared on a large screen during the event congratulating the artists and acknowledged the DJs place in musical (and Chicago) history. The visit went down in Mid-May, but now images have just been released of the President, his ... Read more

10 Best Remixes By Frankie Knuckles

On what would have been “The Godfather of House” 61st birthday, we thought to honor the legend of Frankie Knuckles with a selection of his 10 finest remixes. Spanning decades, genre’s and mood, these selections show a side to Knuckles musical legacy, which may be overshadowed, given the prolific nature of his own original productions. Virtually a who’s who of dance music through the decades, everyone from disco icon Chaka Khan to the new era house of Satoshi Tomiie are covered. See also: 5 Essentials: Kerri Chandler So, check out the selections and tell us if we missed any, or ... Read more

Chicago Icons Converge For Annual Frankie Knuckles Foundation Support

Sunday, 17 January sees Chicago’s Smartbar and Metro support the city’s prodigal son, Frankie Knuckles, with a building wide fundraiser supported the late house heroe’s foundation. The foundation, who’s aim is to “dedicated to the advancement of Frankie Knuckles’ mission as the global ambassador of house music through media, conservation and public events continuing and supporting the causes he advocated,” celebrates Knuckles’ 18 January birthday with the annual event. Many icons of House including David Morales, Louie Vega, Terry Hunter, Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, and will be behind the decks all night. The event, titled: For Frankie, will also feature live performances by ... Read more

Interview: Roy Davis Jr.

Roy Davis Jr. is, in no uncertain terms, a legendary DJ and Producer who has helped define this thing we know as House music. With a (self titled) “soul-electronic” sound, bringing together the sounds of garage, disco, r&b, house, hip hop and soul, Roy has graced everything from underground imprints to major league labels since the 1990′s, including everything from Defected, King Street Sounds, XL Recordings to Universal, Sony and Warner Brothers. Initially turned on to dance music by DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Marshall Jefferson, and Lil’ Louis, Roy Davis Jr. started spinning himself at the age of 12, ... Read more

Frankie Knuckles’ Complete Record Collection To Display In Chicago

Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank is a new cultural centre to be opened in conjunction with the city’s architecture Bienalle on October 3rd. The former bank, which was purchased by the Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates for $1 (!) in 2012, will feature, as Gates puts it, a “repository for African American culture and history.” Alongside such display’s as 60,000 lantern slides from the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the libraries of the Johnson Publishing Archive, featuring magazines like Jet and Ebony, will be the, completely in-tact, vinyl record collection of Chicago’s very ... Read more

President Obama Congratulates Veteran Chicago House DJs

Chicago House legends Chosen Few DJs received blessings from perhaps the most famous Chicagoan of them all over the weekend, President Barack Obama. “Michelle and I are sorry we can’t be home with all the house heads in Jackson Park today,” Obama explains. “We’re having a 4th of July get together of our own at the White House, with some of America’s finest servicemen and women, and their families, but I still wanted to wish the Chosen Few DJs and all of you a happy 4th of July, and a happy 25th anniversary, Chosen Few Picnic. Love you Chicago! Enjoy ... Read more