The double-disc Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 will land in January.
The compilation comes not too long after news that the long-dormant seminal Chicago label was to relaunch with a series of its own reissues. Dance Mania was an important force in Chicago dance music throughout its lifespan, and was especially instrumental in pioneering the ghetto house sound from artists like DJ Funk and DJ Deeon in the early-mid '90s. Hardcore Traxx sets its sights beyond just that era, however, also chronicling the imprint's earlier years where it peddled house and acid from the likes of Tyree, Rhythm II Rhythm and Hercules.
For the collection, Strut collaborated with the newly active Dance Mania itself as well as Dublin DJ Conor Keeling. Chicago artist Chrissy Murderbot conducted interviews for the booklet in the compilation's physical release, which also comes with rare photos according to FACT.
For further reading on Dance Mania, check out our recent retrospective feature from Chicago resident Jacob Arnold.
01. Hercules – 7 Ways (Club)
02. Victor Romeo feat. Leatrice Brown – Love Will Find A Way (Club)
03. The House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House – House Nation
04. Duane & Co – J.B. Traxx
05. Vincent Floyd – I Dream You
06. Da Posse feat. Martell – Searchin’ Hard
07. Club Style – Crazy Wild
08. Jammin’ The House Gerald – Black Women (Club)
09. Tyree – Nuthin’ Wrong
10. Strong Souls – Twinkles
11. 3.2.6 – Falling (Armando’s House Mix)
12. Rhythm II Rhythm – A Touch Of Jazz (Lifestyles Of The Rich Mix)
01. DJ Funk – House The Groove
02. Paul Johnson – Feel My M.F. Bass
03. DJ Funk – The Original Video Clash: Video Clash II (Street Mix)
04. Parris Mitchell Project feat. Wax Master – Ghetto Shout Out!!
05. DJ Deeon – Da Bomb
06. Houz’ Mon – Fear The World
07. Vincent Floyd – I’m So Deep
08. Tim Harper – Toxic Waste (Club Mix)
09. Robert Armani – Ambulance
10. DJ Deeon – House-O-Matic
11. Traxmen & Eric Martin – Hit It From The Back
12. Top Cat – Work Out
Strut Records will release Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 in January 2014.