DJ Sneak

Real Name:
Carlos Sosa
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One of the second wave of influential Chicago house producers and a member of the vanguard of late-'90s American house producers, DJ Sneak wasn't born in the Windy City but began listening to house soon after his family arrived from Puerto Rico in the early '80s. Because he could speak no English, Sneak gravitated to instrumental music (as well as graffiti art), and became inspired by Chicago legends such as Marshall Jefferson and DJ Pierre. Many of those early innovators had left Chicago for the East Coast by the late '80s, when Sneak was ready to start in the business; by 1992, however, Cajmere had begun a resurgence in the city's classic sound by starting up Cajual Records. Sneak aided in the revolution with a series of singles on Cajual's sister label, the harder-oriented Relief Records. Besides other productions for Strictly Rhythm, Henry St., ZYX, 83 West and Feverpitch (several of which feature Armand Van Helden on co-production, building on the Latin vibes of their heritage), DJ Sneak has also released mix compilations including 1996's Kinky Trax Collection and the following year's Buggin' Da Beats. He also worked in the Gramophone Records store in Chicago.

Founder of the independent vinyl labels Defiant (1993), Magnetic (2001) and Oomph (2002) as well as Leg (1995) for promo releases plus digital only labels Sneaks House (2008) and Sneak Tip Music (2008).

In 1995 he established his own record store called "Sneak Beats" in Toronto (Canada) which sold underground house music on Vinyl and CDs from their store and by mail order. It closed down approximately 10 years later.
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Albums

RR 771-1 DJ Sneak - Blue Funk Files album art DJ Sneak Blue Funk Files (Album, EP) Relief Records RR 771-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
5379882 DJ Sneak - Dancin' album art DJ Sneak Dancin'(CD, Album) Urban 5379882 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
ZMAG 02 DJ Sneak - Magnetic Illusions album art DJ Sneak Magnetic Illusions (Album) Magnetic Recordings (2) ZMAG 02 US 2001 Sell This Version
ZMAG 015LP DJ Sneak - Housekeepin album art DJ Sneak Housekeepin (Album) Magnetic Recordings (2) ZMAG 015LP US 2004 Sell This Version
ZMAG18 DJ Sneak - Loop De Loop album art DJ Sneak Loop De Loop (Album) Magnetic Recordings (2) ZMAG18 US 2005 Sell This Version
ZMAGDLP001A DJ Sneak - House Of House Part A album art DJ Sneak House Of House Part A(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320 + File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Magnetic Recordings (2) ZMAGDLP001A US 2009
ZMAGDLP001B DJ Sneak - House Of House Part B album art DJ Sneak House Of House Part B(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Magnetic Recordings (2) ZMAGDLP001B US 2009
MAGD015 DJ Sneak - Magnetic Illusions 2 album art DJ Sneak Magnetic Illusions 2(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Magnetic Recordings (2) MAGD015 US 2011
MAGD026 DJ Sneak - In Demand album art DJ Sneak In Demand(7xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Magnetic Recordings (2) MAGD026 US 2012
MAGD022 DJ Sneak - Signature Sounds Of DJ Sneak Vol. 1 album art DJ Sneak Signature Sounds Of DJ Sneak Vol. 1(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Magnetic Recordings (2) MAGD022 US 2012

Singles & EPs

DR101 DJ Sneak - Sneaky Traxx album art DJ Sneak Sneaky Traxx Defiant DR101 US 1993 Sell This Version
SHCDEF 120 DJ Sneak - Booty Call album art DJ Sneak Booty Call (Maxi) Strictly Hype Recordings, Defiant SHCDEF 120 US 1994 Sell This Version
CAJ 220-1 DJ Sneak - Moon Doggy E.P. album art DJ Sneak Moon Doggy E.P. (EP) Cajual Records CAJ 220-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
RR707 DJ Sneak - Blue Funk EP album art DJ Sneak Blue Funk EP (EP) Relief Records RR707 US 1994 Sell This Version
DR 102 DJ Sneak - Beetz-N-Noizez EP album art DJ Sneak Beetz-N-Noizez EP (EP) Defiant DR 102 US 1994 Sell This Version
CAJ 214 DJ Sneak - Funkadelikrelic album art DJ Sneak Funkadelikrelic Cajual Records CAJ 214 US 1994 Sell This Version
SR12402 DJ Sneak - Sneak Essentials Volume 2 album art DJ Sneak Sneak Essentials Volume 2 Strictly Rhythm SR12402 US 1995 Sell This Version
JX 011 DJ Sneak - Outrageous EP album art DJ Sneak Outrageous EP (EP) Jinxx Records JX 011 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
RR 722 DJ Sneak - Blue Funk II album art DJ Sneak Blue Funk II Relief Records RR 722 US 1995 Sell This Version
DT-1636 DJ Sneak - Da Pimpdoggy album art DJ Sneak Da Pimpdoggy (EP) Downtown 161 DT-1636 US 1995 Sell This Version
ET - 006 DJ Sneak - Platform E.P. Vol 2 album art DJ Sneak Platform E.P. Vol 2 (EP) 83 West Records ET - 006 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
HS 179 DJ Sneak - The Polyester E.P. Volume 2 album art DJ Sneak The Polyester E.P. Volume 2 (EP) Henry Street Music HS 179 US 1995 Sell This Version
CIR 103 DJ Sneak - Circuitry Control album art DJ Sneak Circuitry Control Circuit Records CIR 103 US 1995 Sell This Version
ET-003 DJ Sneak - Platforms E.P. album art DJ Sneak Platforms E.P. (EP) 83 West Records ET-003 US 1995 Sell This Version
T 101 DJ Sneak - The Polyester E.P. album art DJ Sneak The Polyester E.P. (EP) Henry Street Music T 101 US 1994 Sell This Version

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Aimeric

Aimeric

March 29, 2021
I don't know the person and I don't have twitter but reducing his music to basic loops... Simple and efficient doesn't mean easy. Moreover, to criticize the fact that he sampled disco or whatever is to criticize a whole part of electronic music, hip-hop included. It's obvious that there are a lot of uninteresting things, but there are also a lot of bombs.
And a lot of the best house djs I saw in the 90's knew that very well. The dancefloor too.
glitchtrauma

glitchtrauma

February 23, 2021
Don't give a damn about internet beef. Frankly I don't care if he's a personality I will like or not. It's what comes out of them speakers and it bangs. Yeah, you can say it's just disco cut ups, but when they damage a dancefloor who is complaining?
Neo_Chayanne

Neo_Chayanne

January 9, 2021
Nothing extraordinary about this supposed 'Legend' of the house music scene! Duh! He might be a big name for some kinda people but not for those who know how is his attitude & boasting snobbish approach..nothing absolutely is even extraordinary about his music, sampling here & there, more often during the 90's period, stealing original artists music from the 80's to supposedly inventing a pathetic new genre :( This guy is a big disappointment for the house music scene!
greenie2600

greenie2600

December 14, 2020
More power to those who enjoy Sneak's music (and there are plenty of you) – but his stuff doesn't do much for me. He seems to have one trick: sample some old disco song, and loop it indefinitely over a basic house beat.
n0m0re

n0m0re

December 24, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
While I acknowledge that DJ Sneak is quite important to house music, I must admit though that he has one of the worst personalities of any electronic musician out there. For those who don't know, Sneak is quite active on Twitter; and by active I mean he does nothing but get himself into beefs. People who have fallen target to his rage range from commercial folks like Steve Angello and Deadmau5 to underground favorites like Joris Voorn and Seth Troxler. Anybody else who will try to question him or point out hypocrisy will only result in getting blocked (a pussy move coming from a self-described House "Gangster"). Heck, his problem is so bad he might as well be called the Kanye West of House Music, or Electronic Music as a whole.
pseudokings

pseudokings

August 17, 2011
Sneak is a house music legend. Probably my favorite house producer, and that is not something I say lightly. And he hasn't lost a step in 18 years. Hopefully there's another 18 years of sweet house brilliance to come.

Some Sneak Essentials:
Babylon Fallin' / In Da Clouds (Da Original Dub) / Come Together / Dancin' / How Sexy / Love / Show Me the Way / Just A Goody Party / Reachin' / Orchestrated Groove / Digital Love by Daft Punk (lyrics) / Throw Your Hands / All Over My Face 08 / Sneakwaves (Main Mix) / Some More / Set Me Free (DJ Sneak Mix) by Doc Martin / Jus Right (DJ Sneak Remix) by Josh Wink / Gone Daft (DJ Sneak Remix) by Kruse & Nurnberg / The Truth (DJ Sneak's Filthy Dub) by Lawchair Generals / Uptown Hoedown (DJ Sneak's Tribute Mix) by Robb Swinga / Feel The Same (DJ Sneak Dub) by Triple X (XXX) / You Are The One (DJ Sneak Remix) by Winx / Since 1993 / Intergalactic Disco by Le Knight Club vs. DJ Sneak / Intergalactic Disco (DJ Sneak's Version) by Le Knight Club vs. DJ Sneak / Shake It Down (Sneak's Shaken Beats Mix) by Laidback Luke & A-Trak / and many, many, many more

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