Rush Hour continues to unearth never released Chicago house classics from the 80s as original Chi-town DJ Gene Hunt shares some of his own personal edits and mixes with us - up to now this stuff has been hidden away on reel-to-reel tape!
A resident at the the Hyatt Park Athletic Club, where he DJd alongside Ron Hardy, Gene gradually became Ron's protégé. Ron passed on his musical knowledge onto the youngster and the pair started recording music together as well. Local producers began to give Gene reel-to-reel tapes of their new productions for him to play out in the clubs. Many of these were never released and most producers lost their own tracks over time. Luckily, Gene had stored all his copies and 25 years later the time has finally come to share this great music with the rest of the world.
The tracks included here are all rough, uncut versions, oftentimes home made drum computer jams, which never made it to final production at a professional studio. They represent early output of the artists involved, some tracks dating back as early as 1982-1983. The compilation features unreleased tracks by Mr. Fingers, Steve Poindexter, Ron Hardy, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Virgo Four, Virgo & Adonis, Steve 'Silk' Hurley and even by Dion, who later kick started Common's career and more recently has been Kanye West's sidekick. It also includes reworks and original versions that were never properly released, like Ron Hardy's original version of 'Sensation' or Gene Hunts version of 'Donnie' and Mike Dunn's rework of Gherkin Jerks' (Larry Heard) 'Acid Indigestion', or reworks of classic Lil Louis and Larry Heard tracks. These tracks were deemed not commercial (i.e. radio friendly) enough by labels such as Trax or DJ International, but were all the more popular in the Chicago clubs.