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Chicago’s Smart Bar Launches Label



Chicago house music has a long and illustrious past with the Windy City continuing to be a hotbed of electronic music to this day.  One of the pivotal figures in the current scene both as an innovator and facilitator is undoubtedly Marea Stamper. Better known as The Black Madonna, the Smart Bar manager appears well set to continue adding to the rich musical history of Chicago in the foreseeable future adding the title of label co-founder to her CV as Smart Bar inaugurates its newly affiliated label Northside ’82.

Named after the club’s location on the city’s North Side and the year of its opening, the first release for the burgeoning imprint, the ‘Dance Equations’ EP comes from local resident, Ike Release, who house aficiandos may also know as one half of Innerspace Halflife alongside Hakim Murphy. Promising to release music from a mix of established, up-and-coming artists and residents we’ve high hopes for the new outpost and if we know the folks at Smart Bar they won’t disappoint.

Set to arrive on vinyl July 3rd before being released digitally August 14 you can check out the tracklist for and preview the ‘Dance Equations’ EP below.

A Dance Equations
B1 Bijou
B2 Direct Current



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