House is Back, Jack (RF-016)

Sebo K

Finally its happening, after 2 years of being washed up by a wave of minimal, techno and electro, HOUSE music begins its triumphant return. Ah yes, a return to the organic drums, organ hits, garage shuffle, jacking Chicago and maybe even (gasp) a vocal or two! How amazing is dance music in 2008? SO amazing.

One of the signs that really caught my attention was back in July 2007 when Spectral Sound‘s Ryan Elliot performed in Cambridge @ the Phoenix Landing. He brought the dopest flavors to his mix. It was like this bouncy techno sound that was littered with House music and Garage accents. Like, one minute he’s playing a brand new release and the next he’s mixing Master’s At Work “The Bounce”, or K.O.T’s “Simon Says Bounce” (wait thats weird, they both have bounce in title… go figure). The point is, in context suddenly these old tunes sounded like they could be new releases.

In 2008 house music was all over WMC. At the underground parties and the after-hours, house didnt dominate like the sounds of tech and minimal (how could it when the headliners are Magda, Anja Schneider and Konrad Black) but at all the right moments, it poked its head out as if to say “hi, remember me, I’m house music, and I’m so damn refreshing right now its not even funny”.

So who’s playing what and what did we hear?

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Junior Vasquez
– Get Your Hands Off My Man (Sound Factory Mix) [Tribal America – 1994] BUY
The Italoboyz (Mothership, Get Physical) really brought the garage and Chicago sound alive in their DJ set at The Cheap Sunglasses After-hours at PS14. They got on the decks around 11:00am and played with tremendous feeling and originality. Of course they dropped a grip of their own tunes, including the jacking new Mothership release that samples John Coltrane called “Bahia”, but it was an edit of Junior Vasquez’s “Get Your Hands Of My Man” that brought us all back, way back, for an “oh shit” moment.

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Track Assassin
– Gimmie Da Drumz [Catalyst Records – 2001] BUY
Sebo K (Mobilee, Get Physical) was the other DJ who just absolutely brought the classic sounds to the party. We saw him twice, first at the Mobilee party on the rooftop of the Townhouse Hotel where he was just killing the old school. He dropped Eddie Amador‘s anthem “House Music” on Yoshitoshi, another jam that was so familiar it made us forget, and this DJ Sneak banger, “Gimmie Tha Drumz” under his Track Assassin moniker on Dust Traxx sister label Catalyst Records

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Josh One
Contemplation (King Britt’s Funke Mix) [Electromatrix – 2001] BUY
As if one performance from the Sebonator wasn’t enough, the man was back in the spotlight (or should we say sunlight) at Sunday School For Degenerates at Pawn Shop. Sandwiched between a tag team set from Joel Mull & Adam Beyer and then Steve Bug, Sebo brought back the house music bounce, dropping “Gimmie Da Drumz” again as well as an edit of King Britt’s remix of “Contemplation” by Josh One, a personal favorite that I haven’t heard in ages.

Thank the gods its all coming back!


  1. G says:

    House music never went away. Good DJ’s (usually experienced ones) would always dig deep and not just play the newest ‘trendy minimal’ offering sent to them hot of the press. DJ’s such as Ame, Dixon, Luciano, Villalobos, the aforementioned Steve Bug, Dennis Ferrer, Franck Roger, and the new kids on the block such as Rhadoo and Raresh etc have all been playing old tracks for a while. As Raresh said in a recent interview that he’s not old enough to remember most of the house tracks out there so to him it’s like discovering new music ;o)

  2. Gee Funk says:

    I’m not trying to sound all 2 steps ahead and hatin’ on what’s popular, but while I loved minimal up until about ’03, for me it ended there (for a number of reasons). FFWD to 05/06 and whoa sh!t it’s everywhere. In these ’04 plus years, I dug into house and boogie, so it’s nice to see things coming back around.

    I think at the same time the whole techno-house-trance (even) sounds are converging. It’s only (new) electro that truly sounds unique now. I’ve always been a sucker for deep tech house that didn’t label itself tech house, so in someways, it’s good times for me.

    How much did you guys hear Ralf GUM + Diamonddancer’s – all this love for you? First time I heard it, it was like damn – there it is. the vibe, the words, everything.

    Otherwise, I would have laughed at myself for being into it 5-10 years ago, but I love all the new jack stuff – Spatula City, lost my dog, dust traxx, etc.. :)

  3. BellaVida says:

    Well If you ask me House never went away but I do know what you mean as far as trance taking over the lime light for the past few years. And that sound still is pretty much in the limelight if you check the list of winners at the IMDAs last week. But if you love House Music you know how to dig in the crates for gems.

    I completely agree on the new House Music for 2008. Right now I’m enjoying Miguel Migs and Bongoloverz but there’s lots of new stuff thats really nice coming out right now.

    Speaking of Jack, I just wrote a post on my blog about how Jack was borne into House Music.

    Peace & Love


  4. HRSN says:

    house music never went away for me, but i know what you mean about it becoming more popular and creeping into more and more sets…

    my latest mix

    01. Hollis P Monroe – I’m Lonely [City Beat]
    02. DJ Sneak – The Music In Me [Strictly Rhythm]
    03. Johnny D – Riddim Mood [Oslo]
    04. Johnny D – Orbitalife [Oslo]
    05. Aleem – Criticable Us [Pro-Zak Trax]
    06. Petre Inspirescu – Floete [No Label]
    07. Chicago Dancefloor Voodoo – You Aint Dancin’ (Shy Town Remix) [Classic Recordings]
    08. Yann Solo – Tripping [Hoshi]
    09. Tori Amos – Professional Widow [Atlantic]
    10. Pitto – Sexvibe [Area Remote]


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