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Farley Jackmaster Funk needs little introduction â€“ weâ€™ll do one anyway. Original member of house musicâ€™s founding fathers and Chicagoâ€™s Hot Mix 5, itâ€™s no coincidence we celebrate his arrival straight after the 30 year anniversary of the first house crew to grace the radio. A guest at Frankie Knucklesâ€™ Warehouse in 84â€™, the club that gave house music its name and creator of House musicâ€™s first UK hit, â€œLove Canâ€™t Turn Aroundâ€ in 1986, which kick started the genre overseas.
A dominant force during the dodgy recording deals of late 80s Chicago, Farleyâ€™s name was frequented on the likes of DJ International and Trax Recordsâ€¦the most important early label in the history of House. Check the recent 25 years of Trax comp and youâ€™ll see Farleyâ€™s contribution. Whether it was â€œHouse Nationâ€ being wrongly credited to the â€œHousemaster Boyzâ€, his seminal hit â€œAs Alwaysâ€ being popularized in noughties Ibiza â€¦ or the overlooked â€œFarley Knows Houseâ€ â€¦ and he clearly doesâ€¦his visits to these shores have been few and far between and whilst Dogme East rejects any notions of hero status, it will be a privilege to have Farley J back in the UK.
There were other Jacks we were thinking about for the night, but Jack no # 1, Glasgowâ€™s golden boy and tastemaker within the bastardized swamp of bassed out club music, Jackmaster, demanded a chance to play with his Farley-prefixed namesake and so determined not to get bogged down in the mire of choice we went with himâ€¦
Jackmaster was a main bod at Glasgowâ€™s underground record store Rub A Dub, when still in his teens, running seminal pre/post/whatever the fuck-step labels Wireblock and Dress 2 Sweat in his early 20â€™s, putting on some of the most forward thinking parties his native city has known, before pulling it all together into Numbers, one of the worlds better record labels, housing the elite of todayâ€™s producers â€“ Jamie XX, SBTRKT, Deadboy, Roska + more.
Top that off with a Best British Breakthrough DJ award in 2010 (DJ Mag), and a FABRICLIVE mix CD in 2011, and you can see why Jackmasterâ€™s top of a tall tree right now. One that has roots in everything from UK Funky to post dubstep to classic Chicago n Detroit house and whoâ€™s branches are growing out across the electronic underground globally.
â€˜Jack the Tabâ€˜s â€˜Acid Tabletâ€™ volume one is cited as the UKâ€™s first acid record. Officially released in 1988, but created in 1987 before the storm had truly blown into town, and the work of amongst others, Richard Norris and cultural terrorist and great living Englishman, Genesis P-Orridge.
Genâ€™s currently in exile (after some Daily mail bullshit witch hunt) and busying himself with his continued pandrogynous transformativism project (http://genesisporridgearchive.blogspot.com/?zx=959d070b742506a), but the other key member of the Jack The Tab collectiveâ€¦Richard Norris, has kept himself busy over the decades as the Grid, half of Beyond The Wizard Sleeves with Erol Alkan and currently as the Time and Space Machine (in between writing books / Djing / living life). For Jack to Jack, Richard will take us back to those heady days of 87/88,â€™ with a set of proto UK acid and beyond, including a handful of previously unreleased /unplayed Jack the Tab material getting their first airing.
Finally, donâ€™t confuse young West Country hipster-worzels Just Jack with the likeable Camden Town one hit wonder of the same known. The award winning club night, featured in Resident Advisorâ€™s first episode of â€œReal Scenesâ€, which focused on Bristol, is the main player for all that is house and techno in the musically innovative city. A strong presence on the UK festival circuit, the party resides at Bristolâ€™s huge Motion skatepark. Recent guests include Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus alongside legends such as Andrew Weatherall and Carl Craig. Residents Tom Rio and Dan Wild, evidently more than jackinâ€™ enough for the party, comfortably take over room 2, alongside help from the Dogme residents.
As Chip E once said, â€œItâ€™s Time To Jackâ€.