Home Town Chicago
Chicago gave us house music. Beginning in the early '80s, as rough edits of disco tunes and primitive drum tracks, spun in dank clubs in the city by DJs like Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, Lil' Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, and Jesse Saunders, the incessant throb of house music soon started to spread around the world. With initial hits from Farley in the mid-'80s, the world fell in love with house; copying it, watering it down in more and more commercial strains. Attention on house music's birthplace quickly diminished, leaving the city full of kids brought up on the early raw sound of house. A second wave of DJs began to emerge, pushing a darker, more rhythmical strain of house that was currently being seen in Europe. DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter, Gemini, Cajmere, Glenn Underground, Roy Davis Jr., Paul Johnson, and countless others began releasing their unhinged take on the house sound, and began DJing in basements all over the world, but being largely ignored by the now-gargantuan house music audience worldwide. Debuting on Curtis Jones' Relief Records -- the tougher sub-label of his Cajual label -- Boo Williams dropped his A New Beginning EP in 1994 and quickly established his own sound. More ferocious releases for Relief followed, as did a 12" for renowned Dutch techno imprint Djax. Come 1996, Relief offered Boo an album release, for which he delivered Home Town Chicago, Boo's electronic love letter to house music. While still driving and heading straight for the dancefloor, Home Town Chicago showed a softer side to his sound, and is the perfect place to start Anotherday -- a new label dedicated to shedding light on forgotten classics.