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Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness
Various Artists
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Release Date
January 21, 2015

The Double Vinyl comes on heavy weight 180g vinyl.

Strut return to the archives of seminal Chicago house label Dance Mania in January 2015 for ‘Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness’. The follow-up to Strut’s acclaimed Dance Mania label retrospective ‘Hardcore Traxx’ from early 2014, this new instalment places the spotlight on the raw, stripped back, hyper bpms of ghetto house and the rise of the movement’s fresh generation of stars during the mid’90s including DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, Jammin’ Gerald and DJ Milton.

The album tells the story of the evolution of Chicago’s sound during the era as mix tapes circulated through local stores and DJs developed their own under- ground following, playing local parties in the projects. Crowds began responding to faster bpms and gangsta rap-inspired X-rated lyrics. As DJ Deeon remembers, “it bridged the gap. It made it OK for guys in the ghetto to like house again and it brought the women onto the dancefloor too.” Dance Mania was perfectly positioned to capitalise on the new sound – many of the DJs came regularly into Ray Barney’s record store and, as Chicago’s most trusted and respected label owner, he was offered the best tracks for commercial release at an early stage.

‘Ghetto Madness’ brings together some of the underground classics and enduring favourites that earned Dance Mania the title of ‘Ghetto House’s Motown’. Tracks include DJ Deeon’s party-starter ‘The Freaks’, raw DJ Funk cut ‘Computer Sex’ and Nina Kraviz favourite, Paul Johnson’s ‘Give Me Ecstacy’. Other featured gems from the archive include the dark early Steve Poindexter outing ‘Computer Madness’ and Tyree’s in-demand jam, ‘Nuthin’ Wrong’.

‘Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness’ will be released in 1CD unmixed, 2LP and digital formats. Physical formats are fully illustrated in raw ghetto style by James Wilson and also feature CD a fold-out poster featuring an exclusive James Wilson illustration featuring the Dance Mania DJs as tattoos!

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Pump That Shit Up Jammin' Gerald 4:09 Buy

    Pump That Shit Up

  2. 2 The Freaks DJ Deeon 3:40 Buy

    The Freaks

  3. 3 1112 DJ Deeon 7:04 Buy


  4. 4 Computer Madness Steve Poindexter 4:16 Buy

    Computer Madness

  5. 5 Hit It Darien 4:19 Buy

    Hit It

  6. 6 The Reactor DJ Rush 4:17 Buy

    The Reactor

  7. 7 Bounce That Booty Wax Master Maurice 3:53 Buy

    Bounce That Booty

  8. 8 Let Me See You Butterfly Traxmen 5:13 Buy

    Let Me See You Butterfly

  9. 9 Pump On The Floor Jammin' Gerald 3:31 Buy

    Pump On The Floor

  10. 10 Give Me Ecstasy Paul Johnson 6:15 Buy

    Give Me Ecstasy

  11. 11 Ghetto Booty Parris Mitchell 5:34 Buy

    Ghetto Booty

  12. 12 House-O-Matics DJ Milton 4:53 Buy


  13. 13 Computer Sex DJ Funk 4:06 Buy

    Computer Sex

  14. 14 Bitches DJ Funk 2:42 Buy


  15. 15 The Groove Houz' Mon 5:22 Buy

    The Groove

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