You must understand, that HOUSE music is pure entertainment. Made for the best clubs, created to let all sub woofers run on maximum and bring people’s blood to a fine rhythm. Never expect deep thoughts in lyrics or melody, it is not made to make you think. You may want to look into “Deep House” genre for more complex rhythmic patterns and deep melodies.
Take HOUSE music as electronic dance music. And here is what Wikipedia says:
Be in a good mood and have the will to move your body. Don’t just listen to the track - feel it. This is the key to the appreciation of house.
Be relaxed, be comfortable, let it flow.
Distinct musical compositions possess an ability to unconsciously trigger memories. Reflections of captured moments are released by the vibrations of sound waves that were prominent within that past space. Like a photograph the image of the bygone moment is revived in the current second. For me, one such record that performs this shamanistic capability is Mondeé Oliver’s Stay Close on Chicago’s Gherkin Records. Being no stranger to the avant-garde, Gherkin was responsible for releasing a multitude of innovative works.
On this specific release, it is the “Mr. Fingers Club Vocal” that stands alone. Its individuality is attained though an intensely musical ten-minute juxtaposition of instruments, samples and vocals which when combined produces a work that is extraordinary. This allows the song the faculty to capture moments within its sum and substance.
The sonic photograph operates similar to the photographic image. In experimental fashion it can host numerous memories, the way a multiple exposure stacks moments like Lego blocks. Or it can be the definitive moment that stands alone. Stay Close functions as a multiple exposure in my case.
The initial exposure and most significant layer returns me to the renowned loft parties that occurred in Wicker Park before its current modernized transformation. In the early ’90s party pluggers were D.I.Y. Xeroxed colored cardstock with monotone black typography disclosing only date, location and selectors. I remember the turntables positioned in the k
itchen at 1355 Milwaukee where many local heroes that were just learning how to tie their capes would experiment on the crowd with a mixture of Disco, underground House and jack tracks (I use the term “jack” in the most unadulterated form). Revived are mental images of friends met and experiences shared on the wooden dance floor that welcomed the feet of all that arrived with good intentions. This is one of the few songs triggering memories that I want to stay close with me so they do not fade into the abyss of obscurity.
Mondeé Oliver: Stay Close (Fingers Club Vocal)
Never Stop (Sunset Ritual Mix and Instrumental) – Louie Vega Starring Duane Harden
Days Like This (Deepah Dub Re-Rub) – Sean Escoffery
Let’s Dance – Samir Maslo
Thankful (Alioscia Mele MIx) – Dawn “Souluvn” Williams
Make Ya Freak (Original Mix) – DJ Dan
Voice – K.C. Flight
Good Life (Matt Smallwood Remix) – Innercity
House Jack – DJ Pp & Simone Vitullo
Falling (Original Club Mix) – Tocadisco
Man With The Red Face (Rene Amesz Remix) – Mark Knight and Funkagenda
Brother On The Run (Triad’s Basement Dub) – Mousse T. feat. Boris Jennings
Greed (Extended Mix) – Luca Cassani
It’s All I Need (Original and Siopis Remix) – Climbers
Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) – Green Velvet
Wrong (Original Mix) – My Digital Enemy
Transitions (Bootleg Mix) – Mihai Popoviciu
Remove (Original Mix) – Veerus, Maxie Devine
She Was On My Mind – Robosonic
Full FX – Kolombo
Throw Your Hands – Kolombo
Count On Me – Deetron
No Eyes (kyodai Remix) Claptone