The Chicago based Chrissy is an old hand in dance music, having been a DJ for 20 years both in clubs and also in assorted barns and fields spread across the American mid-west at the fertile rave scene that bubbled up there during the 90s. He holds a deep knowledge across many genres but in recent time he's become best known for the output of his excellent Nite Owl Diner imprint. Not focusing on any one corner of the genre, the label is just as happy putting out raw ghetto jams like Ali Berger's WKL as it is to put out the dreamy synth disco of The Black Madonna's "Venus Requiem". So with Chrissy just about to drop a new 12" on the excellent Cool Ranch label, we asked him to dig into his past and pull out 8 tracks of mid-west rave bangers.
"I grew up in the 1990s Midwest rave scene, and it was only later that I realized how regional the music was. Turns out a lot of things that I thought of as anthems were relatively unknown in Europe or on the coasts. I could make a list of the BIG MIDWEST ANTHEMS, but there are already plenty of people on the internet evangelizing about “The Percolator” and “X²” and “Get Get Down”, so I figured I'd go into some of my personal fave cuts that informed my DJing and songwriting instead."
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E-Dancer - Pump The Move (1991)
When UK rave culture started trickling into America, it was divisive. I remember Derrick May complaining about European kids with samplers bastardizing American techno and house music, whereas Kevin Saunderson embraced the new sounds (and even licensed some Moving Shadow and Reinforced tracks for KMS). This tune shows Kevin taking UK rave sounds back to Detroit and making them his own.