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Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995

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Dark, Sweaty, and Good!

If you know anything about Chicago House Music then you know that Dance Mania Records was a purveyor of serious hardcore house music in the 80's and 90's. In the 90's, it laid down the foundation for what is now referred to as "ghetto house" and "footwork" represented by DJ Rashad. I can still remember walking out Metro's Smart Bar at 4 am in the morning into a cold Chicago winter night, steam rising from my sweat soaked clothes and hair, my ear still ringing from dance mania bass.

Digging into Dance Mania...

While I was too young to experience the "glory days" of house music in the 90s, I've since burrowed myself into the underground in NY, and within the last year or so have felt a growing sense of nostalgia for music of that period. With their stripped down, raw aesthetic, it's easy to spot imprints like L.I.E.S. and DJs like Nina Kraviz all stylistically tipping their hats not only to Dance Mania, but to Chicago house from that period in general.

And besides acting as a good history lesson, the music is thoroughly enjoyable as well… Just try not to get amped listening to this. Highly recommended.


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Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995
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