Thursday, June 21, 2007
DJ Slugo Presents Jackmaster Charles - The Return of the Master
Jackmaster Charles (aka DJ Slugo), "Were Hungry" (YSI link)
Jackmaster Charles (aka DJ Slugo), "T-N-E Taris" (YSI link)
Jackmaster Charles (aka DJ Slugo), "Down Low" (YSI link)
Okay, let's dig deeper into the Dance Mania catalogue, the Chicago label that defined the house music scene of that city. Here's another DJ Slugo jawn, this one under the alias of Jackmaster Charles. I have to say, that might be the gulliest alias ever. I mean, Jackmaster alone is sick, but to tag on the prosaic Charles. Yes please.
Anyway, The Return of the Master EP dropped in 1996 and is much more for the straight house heads, avoiding the more booty/ghetto side for the most part. You just get jackin' acid tracks on Side A, none of the vocals, call and responses, etc. Peep "Were Hungry" and "T-N-E Taris" to understand what I'm talking about. What sticks out for me most on these two tracks is the drums, so insistent and banging. Like, it's impossible for you not to start tapping your foot or nodding your head, despite the harshness of the sound. He also uses this sort of typewriter keys sound that provides this nice choppiness and allows for a nice change of pace. I've also included one of the more booty house tracks from the B side, "Down Low," a