Rush Hour has dusted off a batch of previously unreleased tracks by Lil Louis, Ron Hardy, Larry Heard and more.
Next month, Rush Hour will release Chicago Dance Tracks, a collection of previously unreleased songs by some of Chicago's most influential house producers.
All of the tracks included come from the personal collection of veteran DJ and producer Gene Hunt. Beginning in the mid-'80s, Hunt was one of Chicago's most active DJs, always playing at parties around town, often alongside Ron Hardy. This made him a go-to person for artists trying to get their music played out in clubs, and over the years Hunt amassed a serious collection of reel-to-reel tapes by then up-and-coming producers. Chicago Dance Tracks draws from this archive of demos, unearthing songs that even the artists themselves had lost. The tracklist reads like a who's who of Chicago house luminaries: Lil' Louis, Mr. Fingers, Steve Poindexter, Virgo Four, etc.
The compilation is the latest in a series of essential house releases by Rush Hour, following their reissues of Virgo, Recloose and early Trax releases. It will be available on vinyl and CD, with different songs included on each.
01. Virgo Four - The Dryer
02. Larry Heard vs. Marshall Jefferson - You're Mine vs. Destination (Zernell Gillie's rework)
03. Fingers Inc. - 326 Donnie (Gene Hunt's Box Rework)
04. Mr. Fingers - Finger Fuck
05. Dion & Tony - 1015
06. Steve "Silk" Hurley - I Don't Know
07. Mike Dunn - Gherkin Aftermath 909
08. Farley J.M.F. - Yes He Saved Me (Gene Hunt Mix)
09. Craig Loftis - Yes I'm Right
10. Farley Keith Williams - J.M.F. Groove
11. Ron Hardy - Sensation (Original mix)
12. Lil Louis - Super Clash (DJ Cease aka George Dupree Rework)
A1. Mr. Fingers - Finger Fuck
A2. Fingers Inc. - 326 Donnie (Gene Hunt’s Box Rework)
B1. Ron Hardy - Sensation (Original mix)
B2. Steve "Silk" Hurley - I Don’t Know
C1. Mike Dunn - Gherkin Aftermath 909
C2. Steve Poindexter - Betsy Smithe
D1. Farley J.M.F. - Yes He Saved Me (Gene Hunt Mix)
Rush Hour will release Chicago Dance Tracks on May 16th, 2011 on CD and on May 2nd on Vinyl.