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Gemini: the cult Chicago producer of the 90's, who released over 200 tracks from 1994 to 1999 with some of the best labels in the game then disappeared, sees more of this back catalogue dutifully mined and represented here.

Released via Groovin' sub-label Dark Groove, it contains four tracks that perfectly showcase the producer's loose and jagged style; concentric beats, biting acid, jack patterns and a lo-fi grit resplendent throughout.

Gemini perfectly straddles the house and techno boundaries with a poised, hi-tech flair to most of his productions. This makes them perfect for bridging the gap between the two genres and means his tracks find love across a wide spectrum of DJs.
 






"The Storyteller" by Ron Trent's Gemini Jazz project is a tribute to Johnny Hammond. It's released via his unrelenting Music and Power label and is the second joint to drop this week! The title track combines a deep, hypnotic tribal groove with bright piano flurries and echo-drenched vocal chants. "The Tone" has hints of Jaco Pastorious, a delicately constructed piece which simmer with intricate conga lines and rising strings, indicating a rest in momentum and moment of reflection. "The Place Inside" concludes with Latin percussion, upright bass and ethereal, crystalline vox. More freeform spiritual jazz than Chicago house banger, it will, nonetheless, find favour in both camps! Early support from the big three - Vega, Krivit and Francois K. TIP!



Gemini

On The North Star With Gemini

As one of Chicago’s most mysterious and revered characters, the story of Gemini, aka Spencer Kincy has become something of a myth in recent years – blazing a trail throughout the 90’s, prolifically releasing over 200 tracks from 1994 to 1999, Spencer’s music had shades innovation and soul few of his peers could match. Then, suddenly, at the peak of his career, he disappeared from view. Gemini’s unique combination of Chicago groove, Detroit strings and spacey effects have rightly ensured ‘On The North Star’ as a sought after classic of the era. The EP was the second of Gemini’s two 12” for Peacefrog which was closely followed by his Peacefrog long-player ‘In And Out Of Fog And Lights’ (re-press coming soon). Lush transcending deep house for the conersiour.

As one of Chicago’s most mysterious and revered characters, the story of Gemini, aka Spencer Kincy has become something of a myth in recent years – blazing a trail throughout the 90’s, prolifically releasing over 200 tracks from 1994 to 1999, Spencer’s music had shades of innovation and soul few of his peers could match. Then, suddenly, at the peak of his career, he disappeared. Rumours and gossip of Spencer’s whereabouts and situation have been rife in the music press, and rarely on the money. Spencer is alive and well, and wants his music to be heard. This album has been licensed directly from him, and the money made from this reissue will go directly to him. Originally released on Cajual subsidiary Relief in 1997, "Imagine-A-Nation" is Gemini’s most complete and varied album. You may well know the music - every track is on youtube, or you have picked up one of the very expensive original pressings on discogs, but here it is, in its fully re-mastered glory! Spencer runs through a myriad of basslines, more rhythmic changes than your average free drumming record and an orchestra’s worth of sample snippets, and still makes sure that each track bumps like it should. In fact the drum programming on this album is enough on its own to garner a five star review. Snares and hats snap and crackle, ricochetting off the solid kick, while sounding like they’ve been lifted off short circuiting 808s and 909s. It's inventive, addictive and irresistible. 



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