Born in the clubs of Chicago, house is a sound which has travelled the globe.
Spawning all manner of off-shoots, sub-genres and revivals, the classic house sound is something which is difficult to beat. Even with those myriad of options, though, the Clash team find themselves continually drawn back to the music which poured out of New York and New Jersey in the early to mid 90s.
Born from a unique breeding ground of clubs, DJs and producers, the era seemed to push the envelope sonically while retaining the joyous bounce which made house music so irresistible in the first place. Strange, euphoric sounds, the legacy of that generation can be felt in the work of almost every house producer worth their salt.
Hot Chip musician Felix Martin is clearly a fan. A respected DJ in his own right, the crate digger is known for peppering his sets with rare cuts from the prime era of New York house. Set to appear at Ritual this Saturday (March 9th) the line up also includes appearances from Coda, Tempo Tantrum, Herve and a headline performance from Stanton Warriors.
Ahead of this, ClashMusic asked Felix Martin to piece together a quick playlist of New York and New Jersey house.
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Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Remix) - Celestial Choir
Stone cold classic.
Face My Heaven - Todd Edwards
Todd Edwards is a big influence on Hot Chip and we were honoured to have some remixes made by him a few years back.
Bounce To The Beat - Todd Terry
Enduringly likeable groove on this one.
Look Right Through - Storm Queen
Modern day classic.
You're In My System (Kerri Chandler Remix) - The System
A big favourite & always a winner on the dance floor.
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Ritual returns to Chelsea’s state-of-the-art venue Under the Bridge on Saturday night (March 9th).