Chicago House

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Chicago House, for a long while, was the ultimate in underground labels, being responsible for the start of a genre that defied the establishment with more effect than most genres ever have done. The label "Trax Records" have been an influence over Industrial as much as it has been an influence over House music.

This label were the originators of “House” music, when the drum machine revolution arrived, Underground club DJs played Italo Disco tracks like "Dirty Talk" and the "MBO Theme" by Klein M.B.O., they played early B-Boy Hip Hop tracks such as Man Parrish's "Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)" and Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force's Planet Rock and Looking for the Perfect Beat as well as electronic music by Kraftwerk; these genres were influential to the whole Chicago genre of House, it would be easy to sight Kraftwerk’s influence on the whole Wax Trax! sound as well, similarly it would be easy to see some sound similarities between the Electro Hip Hop sounds and some of the Meat Beat Manifesto tracks.

“B-boy Hip Hop” oriented tracks like “Come to Me” by Gwendolyn and “Dum Dum” as well as the Italo Disco influenced “Under Cover” by Dr. Derelict released the first Chicago home made House hit, “On and On” (1984) which had hypnotic lyrics, driving bassline, and percussion. This was the first House record pressed and sold to the general public.

In 1985 things really took shape with, Mr Fingers's landmark "Can You Feel It?"/"Washing Machine"/"Mystery of Love" showing a Jazz influenced, lush, sound that was created using a Roland TR-707 and Jupiter 6 synthesizer, (Synths that can be heard in Wax Trax! releases as well) This song helped to start the trend for the Deep House genre, In the same year, Chip E.'s "It's House" is a good example of the Chicago House Music style. In 1986, Phuture's "Acid Trax" showed the development of a House music subgenre called Acid House which arose from experiments with a 303 machine by Chicago musicians such as DJ Pierre. The 303 provides bass some awesome bass sounds and can still be heard in today’s Industrial movement.

Early House recordings were Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love"; "On and On" by Jesse Saunders (1984) and Chip E.'s "The Jack Trax" “It’s House” and “Time to Jack”, which used complex rhythms, simple bassline, sampling technology, and minimalist vocals. Similar recording techniques to a lot of the electronic side of the Wax Trax! label as well.

House vs Industrial

will be adding information here soon, but for now, check this out from the point of view of Industrial

Discography

12" singles

  • TX101 -- Le Noiz "Wanna Dance/Certainly"
  • TX102 -- Jesse Velez "Girls Out On the Floor"
  • TX103 -- Le Noiz "I'm Scared/Get Out"
  • TX104 -- Farley Keith (Jackmaster Funk) "Jack the Bass"
  • TX105 -- Kevin Irvin "Ride the Rhythm [Remix]"
  • TX106 -- Farley Keith "Funkin With Drums Again"
  • TX107 -- Vince Lawrence "Virgo Tracks Again"
  • TX108 -- Jesse Velez "Super Rhythm Trax"
  • TX109 -- Ron Hardy "Sensation"
  • TX110 -- Screamin' Rachel "My Main Man"X
  • TX111 -- Man Goes Disco "Sensuous Woman"
  • TX112 -- Adonis "No Way Back"
  • TX113 -- Sleezy D "I've Lost Control"
  • TX114 -- Marshall Jefferson "Virgo/Free Yourself/R U Hot Enough"
  • TX115 -- Fresh Dum Dum "Part Two"
  • TX116 -- Farley Keith "Give Yourself to Me"
  • TX117 -- Marshall Jefferson "Move Your Body/House Music Nat'l Anthem"
  • TX118 -- Master C & J "When You Hold Me"
  • TX119 -- Sweet D "Thank Ya/Do It"
  • TX120 -- Adonis "We're Rockin Down the House"
  • TX121 -- On the House "Ride the Rhythm [Original]"
  • TX122 -- Willie Wonka: "What is House"
  • TX123 -- Radio Fashion "You Get What You Deserve"
  • TX124 -- Farm Boy: "Jackin’ Me Around"
  • TX125 -- Fat Albert "Beat Me Til I Jack"
  • TX126 -- Santos "Work the Box"
  • TX127 -- Mr. Fingers: "Can U Feel It/Washing Machine"
  • TX128 -- Sampson “Butch” Moore: "House Beat Box"
  • TX129 -- Jungle Wonz: "The Jungle"
  • TX130 -- Boris Badenough: "Hey, Rocky" (Artist was actually Dean Anderson [1] though often miscredited as Frankie Knuckles.)
  • TX131 -- Lidell Townsell: "Party People"
  • TX132 -- Robert Owens: "Bringin’ Down the Wall"
  • TX133 -- Terry Baldwin: "Housemaster"
  • TX134 -- Two House People: "Move My Body"
  • TX135 -- Jungle Wonz: "Time Marches On"
  • TX136 -- On the House: "Give Me Back the Love"
  • TX137 -- Mr. Lee "I Can't Forget"
  • TX138 -- Mystery "Mystery Girl"
  • TX139 -- Eric Bell "Your Love"
  • TX140 -- Mr. Lee "Came to House"
  • TX141 -- William S "I'll Never Let You Go"
  • TX142 -- Phuture: "Acid Tracks"
  • TX144 -- Dalis "Rock Steady"
  • TX145 -- Kevin Irving "Children of the Night"
  • TX146 -- Two of a Kind "Somewhere in West Hell"
  • TX147 -- Pleasure Zone "Charley/House Nation"
  • TX148 -- Dr. Derelict "Doctor"
  • TX149 -- Dean Anderson "Don't Stop/Don't Dub"
  • TX150 -- Frankie Knuckles Presents "Baby Wants to Ride/Your Love"
  • TX151 -- Frankie Knuckles Presents "It's a Cold World"
  • TX152 -- Hercules "Lost in the Groove"
  • TX153 -- Dancer "Am a Dog/Boom Boom"
  • TX154 -- Evie "Stay the Night"
  • TX155 -- Rich Martinez "Are You Ready"
  • TX156 -- Mr. Lee "House this House"
  • TX157 -- Pierre's Phantasy Club "Got the Bug"
  • TX158 -- Lidell Townsell "Get the Hole"
  • TX159 -- Curtis McClaine "Let's Get Busy"
  • TX160 -- Dancer "Number Nine"
  • TX164 -- Pleasure Zone "Fantasy/I Can't Understand"
  • TX165 -- Phuture "We Are Phuture EP"
  • TX166 -- Mr. Lee "Pump Up Chicago/London/New York"
  • TX167 -- Donald Rush "Knockin at my Door"
  • TX168 -- Mike Wilson "Hit Tracks III"
  • TX169 -- Maurice Joshua "I Gotta Big Dick/This is Acid"
  • TX170 -- Lidell Townsell "Jack the House EP"
  • TX171 -- Mr. Lee - "Acid Fantaslee"
  • TX172 -- Farley Keith "As Always [Ricky Dillard]"
  • TX173 -- K.G.B. "Respect Rap"
  • TX174 -- Kool Rock Steady "Power Move"
  • TX175 -- Virgo Four "Virgo Vol. 4/Do You Know Who You Are"
  • TX176 -- M.E. "M.E. EP [Deep House]"
  • TX177 -- Grand and Dezz "You're Too Good"
  • TX178 -- Scamara "Kisses Never Lie"
  • TX179 -- J.R. "It's About House"
  • TX180 -- Samurai Sam "House Japanese"
  • TX182 -- Kamia "Take Me I'm Yours"
  • TX184 -- Maurice "Get Into the Dance"
  • TX185 -- Kipetotec "Sex Sells"
  • TX187 -- Gotham City "Bat Trax"
  • TX190 -- Streetlife "Streetlife/I Will Survive"
  • TX191 -- MTS & RTT "Native House"
  • TX192 -- Streetlife "Glow of Love"
  • TX193 -- Streetlife "Tearin Down the Walls"
  • TX194 -- Marshall Jefferson "Move Your Body '90"
  • TX195 -- Yvonne Gage "Bad Girls/Heartbreak Hotel"
  • TX196 -- M.E. feat. Yvonne Gage "Winter Days/Summer"
  • TX197 -- Humanoid "Slam"
  • TX198 -- Bart Starr "Way To Go Homer" - written by Jesse Saunders
  • TX199 -- Ralph Rosario "Running Away"
  • TX200 -- Over 2 U "Force of Habit"
  • TX201 -- Humanoid "Crystal (Back Together)/The Deep"
  • TX202 -- Lidell & The People "Another Lover"
  • TX203 -- Bazz "Very Well"
  • TX204 -- The Music Factory "It's Getting Late"
  • TX205 -- Kevin Irving "Puppet/About That Time"
  • TX301 -- Fast Eddie "Yeah Yeah Yeah"
  • TX302 -- Black Man "Beat that Bitch with a Bat"
  • TX303 -- Johnny Fiasco "Iz U Iz Or Iz You Ain't My Baby"
  • TX304 -- Farley "Love Can't Turn Around/House Nation"
  • TX305 -- Fast Eddie "No Other Love"
  • TX306 -- Joe Smooth "Untitled"
  • TX307 -- ???
  • TX309 -- ???
  • TX308 -- Amber (Joe Smooth) "A Matter of Time"
  • TX310 -- K. Kool (K. Alexi) "Hot Swing/Hot Summer Swing"
  • TX311 -- The Fusion EP
  • TX312 -- ???
  • TX313 -- United Freaks of America "Get Up Off Your Ass"
  • TX314 -- Hercules "Streetfighter"
  • TX315 -- Jungle Wonz "Bird in a Gilded Cage"
  • TX316 -- Ramovia "Your Love"
  • TX317 -- Pound "Move Yo' Body Again"
  • TX404 -- Adonis "Basement Jazz Remixes"
  • TX417 -- David Chong "There is no place / Our Last Chance"
  • TX418 -- Hydraulic Funk "Flash Light/Godzilla/Godzilla Rap (Feat. Afrika Bambaataa & M.C. G.L.O.B.E.)"
  • TX419 -- Dave Robertson "Liquidity & Warmth/Loss of a Love"
  • TX420 -- Maurice "Desires"
  • TX421 -- Frankie Knuckles "Waiting on my Angel" (2002)
  • TX467 -- Various Artists "Best of Movi' Record Vol. 1"
  • TX468 -- David Chong "Auto Ed"
  • TX476 -- Mr. Fingers "The complete can you feel i(Martin Luther King RX)"
  • TX486 -- Screamin' Rachel "Don't make me lonely"

LPs and EPs

  • TX107/114 -- Virgo Tracks Again/Virgo "Free Yourself"
  • TX5001 -- Various: “Chicago Trax Volume 1”
  • TX5003 -- Various "Acid Trax Volume 1"
  • TX5004 -- Various "Acid Trax Volume 2"
  • TX5005 -- Steve Poindexter Featuring "Short Circuit"
  • TX5007 -- Various "Acid Trax Volume 3"
  • TX5016 -- Armando Presents the New World Order
  • TX5017 -- Acid Wash - Written by J. Lopez
  • TX5018 -- Lost Trax - Previously unreleased tracks by Mr. Fingers
  • TX5019 -- K. Kool (K. Alexi) "Trick Tracks"
  • TX5020 -- Phuture "Lost Tracks featuring 'Men on Film'"
  • TX5021 -- Ralph Rosario's Greatest Hits
  • TX5022DP -- Joey Beltram Presents "Dance Generator" (Double pack)
  • TX5023 -- XXX Tracks
  • TX5024 -- Armando "The New World Order Level 3"
  • TX5025 -- Kaay Alexi Shelby & Brazil '
  • TX5027 -- The Beltram Re-releases 1989-1991
  • TX5032 -- Armando Presents the New World Order 4 94
  • TX5033 -- Steve Stoll "Octaves"
  • TX5034 -- Frankie Bones "Bone Up!"
  • TX5035 -- Steve Stoll "FM"
  • TX5036 -- ???
  • TX5037 -- ???
  • TX5038 -- ???
  • TX5039 -- ???
  • TX5040 -- ???
  • TX5041 -- Acid Trax IV (1996)
  • TX5042 -- ???
  • TX5043 -- ???
  • TX5044 -- ???
  • TX5045 -- DJ Rush "Klub Kidz" (1996)
  • TX5085DP -- "Anyone Can Dance" by Crystal Distortion (Double Pack)
  • TX5086DP -- "Contaminated 2G" by Gene Hunt (Double Pack)

CDs and Compilations

  • CDTX5001 -- "20th Anniversary Collection" by Various Artists
  • CDTX5002 -- "Next Generation" by Various Artists (2004)
  • CDTX5003 -- "Acid Classics" by Various Artists (2004)
  • CDTX5004 -- "Queer Trax —Coming in loud and queer" by Various Artists (2004)
  • CDTX5005 -- "Rarities & B-Sides" by Various Artists (2004)
  • CDTX5006 -- "Extacy" by Screamin' Rachael (2004)
  • CDTX5010 -- "Twilight Trax" by Various Artists (2005)
  • CDTX5011 -- "Trax Classix" by Armando (2005)
  • CDTX5013 -- "Trax Classix" by Joey Beltram (2005)
  • CDTX5016 -- "Trax Classix" by Phuture and DJ Pierre (2005)