Included on the album is a long-lost Frankie Knuckles cut
Here's some news to get lovers of classic Chi-Town house music excited: DJ International are to release their first compilation in 30 years.
As any house lover worth his/her/their salt knows, DJ International – headed up by Rocky Jones – was, alongside Trax Records, one of the two record labels that really put house music back on the map back in the late 80s, not least through their best-selling series of Jackmaster compilations, the first six volumes of which were released in the years 1989-1991, and which brought this new, exotic sound – otherwise only available on expensive and hard-to-find 12-inches – within reach of everyday record buyers.
The label relaunched earlier this year, still with Jones at the helm and now on a mission to help uphold that classic Chicago sound while also keeping one eye on the present – and the future. Accordingly, the 23-track Jackmaster 7 finds scene veterans like Chuck Roberts, Sterling Void, Chip E and Alexi Shelby nestling up alongside a host of fresh young talent. Also included on the album is Carefree (I'm A Star), a long-lost track from the late great Frankie Knuckles that was previously unreleased.
The album's out on 24 September and is trailed by the single How Does It Feel (Uranii) by Paris Brightledge, which is out now. The full tracklist can be seen below.
1. Frankie Knuckles feat. Big Mel - Carefree (I Am A Star) (Ruff Loaderz Remix)
2. Paris Brightledge - How Does It Feel (Urananii) (Brightledge Ascension Mix)
3. Anthony Thomas - Promised Land
4. Chuck Roberts feat. Noize Kontrol - The Jack (Let There Be House) (John Lynx Remix)
5. K. Alexi Shelby and Tony Lovelasss - God's People
6. Chip-E - Free Me Save Me
7. State Of Rhythm - Want'n More
8. The Ritchie Family - Whatcha Got (Rapped)
9. John Lynx feat. Alley Parton - Watch Me Soar
10. Corky Traxman Strong - Get Down Lil Girl
11. Arica Gale - My Life (Grown and Sexy Mix)
12. Bobby Wilson - Are You Ready
13. Nicky Roland - I Lose Myself (Soul Man Mix)
14. Erta Ale - Check It Out
15. Chi-Bliz - This Is My House (My Dubz Remix)
16. Harry The IT Dennis feat. Curtis McClain - Sometimes I Cry
17. Linda Rice - Running
18. Dexter Love - Tonight You Are My King
19. Tyler James Logsdon - Movement Three
20. Loleatta Holloway - Deep (John Lynx Remix)
21. Meechie - House DJ's (Original Mix)
22. Sterling Void feat. Sara - Over You
23. Sinclair - I Don't Walk Away From Love
Jackmaster 7 is out on DJ International on 24 September