Chicago is the kind of city that holds a mythological significance for fans of electronic dance music. It was there, in its network of warehouses and basements, that House music was born.
Since the early 80’s the House sound of Chicago has pulsed outwards from the Windy City and spread across the world. Rooted in black Disco music, and first appearing via high intensity DJ sets and looped-up homemade tape edits made by disc jockeys and producers who we now consider to be the greats.
House has since gone on to become a number of different things, fragmented into sub genres, but the city that birthed it still remains true to the original way of doing things.
Case in point, Boogie Nite, a Chi-Town native who has been in the scene since he first started dancing at parties in the ’80s knows what House truly is.
Having released a string of incredibly funky records on labels such as Lumberjacks in Hell, Rush Hour, Grimy Edits, and Glenview we now get to fully explore the Mind Of Boogie Nite on this, his debut full length album…
“I was born and raised in Chicago. I started in 1986. We’d go to parties and we would be out there dancing. Basically, we went to every party. Lil’ Louis at the Bismarck, Lil’ Louis at the Congress. I was too young to get into the Music Box and stuff like that, I was just out of high school. I did hear Frankie live.”
“My main thing is to make you dance. I don’t really like the soft stuff. I like it hard… The way I’ve been brought up is that when you go to a party, you get there, and you dance your ass off, and you sweat, and it’s an experience. My style is like an attack. It’s aggressive, I want you to move, I want you to lose your mind out there. Even with my mixes. Some of my mixes are really, really, really aggressive and hard. I just want you to move. I just want you to dance. At least, that’s the goal.” Boogie Nite.
12 tracks of Chicago fire mastered by Windy City veteran Bruce Ivery and dedicated to the memory of DJ Izrail. Effortlessly crossing the Nu Disco and House divide – from the party starting, Loleatta Holloway sampling, opening track of ‘I Know We Can Make It’, through to his more funked up jackin’ side, before climaxing with the beautifully ethereal epic that is ‘Aria’, ‘From The Mind Of Boogie Nite’ packs a punch where it counts without ever forgetting to tickle you soul. 10/10 DDR
Also available to buy on Bandcamp…