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Like discovering a Northern Soul gem decades after it was made… but even sweeter. Club Chi’ll have found a holy grail of house right here. Chicago house legends Marshall Jefferson and Jungle Wonz having unearthedunreleased tracks played by Ron Hardy, direct from the tapes in 1985, then lost for decades with no one but the Music Box crowd hearing them until now… 35 years later?!
Those lost tapes have now been recreated through Marshall’s unparalleled and unquestionable production skills, and who better to give you their story than the man himself:
“I would take tapes to the Music Box and Ron Hardy would play my music. VIBE was one of those tracks. I recorded VIBE in 1985, but it became one of my tracks that I just forgot about until some guy on Facebook sent me a recording of it, that was taken from a club. The only person who I ever gave a recording of VIBE to was Ron Hardy. The only other people I know who had copies of the track was Gene Hunt and DJ Emanuel Pippin. The original version of VIBE was made using a Roland 707, Roland JX8 P keyboard and a Roland 727 drum machine. I was still working at the Post Office at the time, and this was pre-Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem). VIBE was the building blocks for Move Your Body because it was using the instruments on the track that I discovered what I could do with the bass sound, to make a track like Move Your Body.” - Marshall Jefferson
Likewise, ‘Human Condition’ by Jungle Wonz, sees Marshall reuniting with Harry Dennis, using the same base as Vibe Three but with Harry providing the vocals with his brilliant poignant lyrics over the top, that are evidently relevant for us all today. Speaking on ‘Human Condition’ Harry expressed, “The track we have is on terms of suffering in the Hoods of Chicago or any place with poverty, and it’s deep.”
Danny Rampling on Human Condition: ‘This is a great track and the words so appropriate for the social conditioning unfolding at present.’
Terry Farley: ‘Discovering stuff like this is almost Tutankhamun territory!”
Ashley Beedle: ‘A superb production from Marshall Jefferson and Harry Dennis who made up the legendary Chicago house outfit Jungle Wonz. This track 'Human Condition' comes from the early days of house but trust me it sits right here in the present! A dark-vocal rides against a glorious Chi-town groove. All the elements are there. If you love house music consider this a bonafide classic.'
Matt says: Where the bleedin' eck have they found this?! Just when you thought that rich seam of original Chicago house music had been bled dry, Marshall Jeff goes and hits us slap bang in the face with this! If you're into that Robert Owens / Larry Heard / Trax sound then you're about to be very happy!
A1. Marshall Jefferson - Vibe Three
B1. Jungle Wonz - Human Condition