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Mike Dunn re-launches his legendary Dance Mutha label


Chicago pioneer Mike Dunn re-launches his legendary Dance Mutha label. The regenerated imprint will serve up unreleased foundation jack tracks and new cuts from him and other key names in house, techno and acid.

Mike Dunn is a pivotal house artist who brought his own famously raw and stripped-back style combined with infectious hip hop elements. He is behind plenty of well-known anthems, most famously ‘Dance You Mutha’ and ‘God Made Me Phunky’, and founded Dance Mutha in 1988.

It released music by MD Connection, Gershon Jackson and I-ROC-T, while Dunn also co-founded seminal acid labels Warehouse Records and Muzique Records which played a key role in the development of Chicago and acid house. Dunn has continued to produce over the ensuing four decades and has landed on the likes of Defected, Nu-Groove, Classic, Trax and many more. The relaunch of the Dance Mutha label has been inspired in part by Dunn’s discovery of a raft of ‘lost’ unreleased masters from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It’s these tracks that provide the jumping-off point with this new release.

’43:31′ is the first out of the blocks and brings prickly acid texture to raw analogue drums. Slapping hits add extra bite to this most stripped-back and effective slice of pure warehouse music. Then come the snappy snares and deep bass of ‘Acid Feet (Phaze 1)’. This spare, impactful cut is riddled with shapeshifting acid and caustic synth textures that bring the rugged drums to life. Last of all, the excellent ‘Time Machine’ will indeed take you all the way back to the dark, delirious and delicious days of the earliest acid house with its wonky 303s burrowing deep into the night next to coarse claps and ice-cold hits.

Mike Dunn Presents MD III’s ‘Tracks From The Beginning Vol.1’ arrives digitally and on vinyl via Dance Mutha on July 5th 2024.

We premiere ‘Time Machine’ on Data Transmission, check it out here and grab it on Beatport

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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