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Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
0730003311420
Release Date
6 February 2014
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Limited 180g Vinyl Edition (Only in the Strut Store)

Coming 2014, we have a very special release on the way for lovers of quality original Chicago house music as we team up with the legendary Dance Mania Records for their first ever full label compilation, dropping on January 27th, 2014. Dance Mania has wielded its influence heavily across dance music since its first breakthrough club smash in ’86, Duane & Co’s ‘J.B. Traxx’, offering a raw, DJ-led alternative to the Chicago powerhouses of Trax and DJ International. Founder Ray Barney astutely released classic after classic during the early years – ’7 Ways’ by Hercules (Marshall Jefferson), ‘House Nation’ by Housemaster Boyz (Farley Jackmaster Funk) and Li’l Louis’ debut recordings all helping to cement Dance Mania’s credentials. Throughout its long history, the label never pandered to commercial pressures and the lure of the “hit”, focusing purely on the dance floor and the DJ. As styles changed and Chicago clubs like The Factory held sway during the ’90s, Dance Mania became a key player, unleashing uncompromising anthems like Robert Armani’s ‘Ambulance’ and ushering in ghetto house with Traxmen and Eric Martin’s ‘Hit It From The Back,’ as BPMs became faster and lyrics became ever more X-rated. A new wave of producers including DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, Slugo and Paul Johnson all appeared on Dance Mania, recording prolifically and honing the new ghetto style, stripped back and raw. The label’s influence continues today. Daft Punk famously name-check a series of Dance Mania producers on their ‘Teachers’ track, featured on the albumHomework and you can hear the label’s DNA through contemporary sounds as varied as Diplo, L.I.E.S., Brazil’s baile funk movement and Chicago’s modern day footwork producers like Nate and Rashad.

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  1. 1 7 Ways (Vocal) 6:49 Hercules Buy
  2. 2 Love Will Find A Way (Club) 4:24 Victor Romeo feat. Leetrece Brown Buy
  3. 3 House Nation 8:11 The House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House Buy
  4. 4 J.B. Traxx 3:41 Duane And Co Buy
  5. 5 I Dream You 5:20 Vincent Floyd Buy
  6. 6 Searchin' Hard (Mike Dunn's AC mix) 6:24 Da Posse feat. Martell Buy
  7. 7 Crazy Wild 7:30 Club Style Buy
  8. 8 Twinkles 5:39 Strong Souls Buy
  9. 9 Falling (Armando's House mix) 4:37 3 2 6 Buy
  10. 10 Ride On The Ride Rhythm (Track Edits) 5:41 Victor Romeo feat. Cool Dave-O Buy
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