This November UMC begins an exciting new release campaign celebrating the output of seminal House music label, DJ International. From 10th November, they will be releasing around 8 tracks digitally every Friday, aiming for a total of 130 remastered singles in all. These will include tracks from the ‘Godfather of House’, Frankie Knuckles, Steve Silk Hurley, Marshall Jefferson, Fast Eddie, Chip E plus many more.
Each week there will be a highlighted, focus track epitomising the sound and far-reaching influence of the label. The first six focus tracks in the lead up to Christmas are as follows:
Chip E – Time To Jack
Fast Eddie – Acid Thunder
Frankie Knuckles – Only The Strong Survive
E.S.P. – It’s You
House People – Godfather Of House
Fingers Inc – A Path
DJ International is the largest original Chicago House label and was the first of the two record labels responsible for birth of House Music. Founded in the mid-1980s by musician Rocky Jones, DJ International also had a massive impact on the spread of House Music worldwide. They organised the first UK and European House Music tour in March 1987, featuring Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson and Fingers Inc on the lineup. Many tracks reached high chart positions in the UK, including a top 10 UK smash with Farley “Jackmaster” Funk’s Love Can’t Turn Around, the first house record to cross over from the clubs into the UK Singles Chart. Soon after this, DJ International topped the charts with #1 UK pop hit Steve “Silk” Hurley’s Jack Your Body.
Highlights of the campaign going into the new year include Fast Eddie’s Hip House and Yo Yo Get Funky, Marshall Jefferson’s Move Your Body, Darryl Pandy’s Work Your Body and It’s U by Farley Jack Master Funk & Ricky Dillard.