Encouraged by the high demand for ‘Foundations Vol.1’, which saw DJ Spinna and Kai Alce join forces to release the Cajmere classic ‘Brighter Days’ on 7” vinyl, the second volume of ‘Foundations’ sees the pair digging even deeper into House music history, selecting a pair of tracks from Chicago legend Tyree Cooper.
The first cut on BBE’s strictly limited 7” pressing was originally named ‘Video Crash’, then re-titled ‘Acid Crash’ on a bootleg version released around the same time. Whichever name you prefer, this 1988 track hails from an era of creative one-upmanship in the Chicago underground. The story goes that Marshall Jefferson and/or Lil’ Louis created a jam called ‘Video Clash’ in the mid 80s (there’s still some controversy about who made it, so we’ll say no more). Keen to go one better, Tyree hit the studio to make a track called ‘Video Crash’ and in the process he created one of the most potent and recognizable Acid House tracks of all time.
On the flip side and originally released back in ’89 is Joe Smooth’s ‘Too Deep’ mix of another Tyree classic: ‘Hardcore Hip House’. A crossover anthem, Tyree’s original version paired rap vocals and James Brown cutups with raw House beats. Fellow Chicago DJ Joe Smooth shows off the flawless, crisp production abilities that would later see him producing for Destiny’s Child, New Order and Whitney Houston with this superb, timeless Deep House remix.
Read more about the controversial Video Clash / Video Crash story in this fascinating article: http://5chicago.com/features/story-video-clash/