D.J. International Records

D.J. International Records

Profile:
One of the larger two original Chicago house-music labels (the other being Trax Records). Founded in the mid-1980s, it released lots of deep, hard, soulful, and acid house tracks. In the late 1980s, it released many hip-house tracks as well. The label’s releases built one of history’s everlasting foundations of house music. International hits included Joe Smooth's “Promised Land” and "Fast" Eddie Smith's “Acid Thunder,” who, together with Kenny "Jammin" Jason, produced 1987’s smash “Can U Dance,” one of house music’s breakthroughs and one of its everlasting hymns. Tyree’s “Turn up the Bass” was one of the first and best hip-house tracks.

Some releases were licensed to Westside Records (2) in Britain and BCM Records in Germany; single releases were licensed to different labels worldwide.

DJ International’s catalog, including it's sublabels, has been in limbo since the label shut its doors in the early 1990s. The worldwide licensing- and exploitation rights for the World were granted to High Fashion Music B.V. in the Netherlands. In 2017, the label’s holdings were acquired by Universal Music.

For bootleg and counterfeit releases with the DJ International logo, please use D.J. International Records (2).

LC 8121
Sublabels
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
DJ International
3 W. golf center
Hoffman Estates, il
60169, USA
E: handheldfilms@hotmail.com
Phone: +1 (312) 388-4188

Worldwide exclusive licensee and licensing-inquiries (out of date):
High Fashion Music B.V.
Catharina van Renneslaan 12
1217 CX Hilversum
The Netherlands
E: office@highfashionmusic.nl
Sites:
[l688]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
12 LTD 333 I Fear The Night ('87 House Mix)  album cover Tyree* I Fear The Night ('87 House Mix) 12 LTD 333 UK 1987 Sell This Version
778 People Of All Nations  album cover Shawn Christopher People Of All Nations(12", TP) D.J. International Records 778 US 1986 Sell This Version
07016 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(7", Single) D.J. International Records, BCM Records 07016 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
07146 Turn Up The Bass  album cover Tyree* Turn Up The Bass(7") D.J. International Records, BCM Records, D.J. International Records, BCM Records 07146 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
12016 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(12") D.J. International Records, BCM Records 12016 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
12025 Love Can't Turn Around  album cover Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* Featuring Daryl Pandy* Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* Featuring Daryl Pandy* - Love Can't Turn Around (Maxi) 12025 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1986 Sell This Version
12192 Yo Yo Get Funky  album cover Fast Eddie* Yo Yo Get Funky 12192 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
12243 House Music Is My Life  album cover Tyree* House Music Is My Life(12") D.J. International Records, BCM Records 12243 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
12244 Let's Get Hyped  album cover Kool Rock Steady Let's Get Hyped(12") BCM Records, D.J. International Records 12244 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
12245 Let's Go  album cover Fast Eddie* Let's Go(12") BCM Records, D.J. International Records 12245 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
12287 Can't Fake The Feeling  album cover Joe Smooth Can't Fake The Feeling(12") BCM Records 12287 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
20146 Turn Up The Bass  album cover Tyree* Turn Up The Bass(CD, Maxi) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 20146 Germany & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
26166 The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix Volume 2 ('House' Strikes Again)  album cover Various The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix Volume 2 ('House' Strikes Again)(CD, Mixed) BCM Records 26166 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
26168 The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix Vol. 1 (The Dance-House-Power-Remix)  album cover Various The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix Vol. 1 (The Dance-House-Power-Remix)(CD, Single, Mixed) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 26168 Germany & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
33220 Acieed Inferno Volume 2  album cover Various Acieed Inferno Volume 2(LP, Comp) BCM Records 33220 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
33443 Nation Of Hip House  album cover Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(LP, Album) D.J. International Records, BCM Records 33443 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
33444 Rejoice  album cover Joe Smooth Rejoice(LP, Album) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 33444 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
041 765 2 The Evil Acid Baron Show  album cover Various The Evil Acid Baron Show 041 765 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
50139 Tyree's Got A Brand New House  album cover Tyree* Tyree's Got A Brand New House(CD, Album) D.J. International Records, BCM Records 50139 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
50140 Jack To The Sound  album cover Fast Eddie* Jack To The Sound (Album) 50140 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
50206 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(CD, Album) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 50206 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
50443 Nation Of Hip House  album cover Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(CD, Album) D.J. International Records, BCM Records 50443 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
50444 Rejoice  album cover Joe Smooth Rejoice(CD, Album) BCM Records 50444 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
50446 Most Wanted  album cover Fast Eddie* Most Wanted(CD, Album) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 50446 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland Unknown Sell This Version
55982 Fast Eddie* The Best Of The D.J. Fast Eddie(CD, Comp) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 55982 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
56181 New Beat Megamix  album cover Various New Beat Megamix(CD, Comp, Mixed) BCM Records 56181 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
60140 Fast Eddie* Jack To The Sound(Cass, Album) BCM Records 60140 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
60444 Joe Smooth Rejoice(Cass, Album) BCM Records 60444 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
190 194-2 Out Of Control  album cover The FHR Project* Featuring Linda Rice The FHR Project* Featuring Linda Rice - Out Of Control(CD, Maxi, Jew) D.J. International Records 190 194-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
302 955 Super Power Hit-Sensation  album cover Various Super Power Hit-Sensation(2xLP, Comp) Ariola, Ariola 302 955 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
450606 1 Ronny's Pop Show 9  album cover Various Ronny's Pop Show 9(2xLP, Comp) CBS, CBS 450606 1 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
466024 1 Most Wanted  album cover Fast Eddie* Most Wanted(LP, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466024 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466024 2 Most Wanted  album cover Fast Eddie* Most Wanted (Album) 466024 2 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
466024 4 Most Wanted  album cover Fast Eddie* Most Wanted(Cass, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466024 4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466146 1 It's All Right  album cover Sterling Void It's All Right (Album) 466146 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466146 2 It's All Right  album cover Sterling Void It's All Right(CD, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466146 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466146 4 It's All Right  album cover Sterling Void It's All Right(Cass, Album) CBS, CBS, D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 466146 4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466147 1 Nation Of Hip House  album cover Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(LP, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466147 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466147 2 Nation Of Hip House  album cover Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(CD, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466147 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466147 4 Nation Of Hip-House  album cover Tyree* Nation Of Hip-House(Cass, Album) CBS, CBS, D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 466147 4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466385 1 Rejoice  album cover Joe Smooth Rejoice(LP, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466385 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
466385 2 Rejoice  album cover Joe Smooth Rejoice(CD, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466385 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
466385 4 Rejoice  album cover Joe Smooth Rejoice(Cass, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466385 4 UK 1990 Sell This Version
472002 The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 1  album cover Various The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 1(CD, Comp) D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 472002 France 1995 Sell This Version
472003 The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 2  album cover Various The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 2(CD, Comp) D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 472003 France 1995 Sell This Version
472005 The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 3  album cover Various The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 3(CD, Comp) D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 472005 France 1995 Sell This Version
6088-12 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(12") ZYX Records, D.J. International Records 6088-12 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
655366 6 Git On Up  album cover Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up(12", Single) CBS, D.J. International Records 655366 6 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
655366 7 Git On Up  album cover Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up(7") CBS 655366 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655366 8 Git On Up  album cover Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up(12") D.J. International Records, CBS 655366 8 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655470 7 Move Your Body  album cover Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body(7", Single) D.J. International Records, CBS 655470 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655470 8 Move Your Body (U.K. Only Mixes)  album cover Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body (U.K. Only Mixes)(12") D.J. International Records, CBS 655470 8 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655518 6 Dig This  album cover K.A. Posse Dig This(12") CBS, D.J. International Records 655518 6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655518 7 Dig This  album cover K.A. Posse Dig This(7") D.J. International Records, CBS 655518 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655522 7 Set Me Free  album cover Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge - Set Me Free(7") D.J. International Records, CBS 655522 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655740 6 They Want To Be Free  album cover Joe Smooth They Want To Be Free(12") D.J. International Records, CBS 655740 6 UK 1990 Sell This Version
655740 7 They Want To Be Free  album cover Joe Smooth They Want To Be Free(7", Single) D.J. International Records, CBS 655740 7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
828 022-1 The House Sound Of Chicago  album cover Various The House Sound Of Chicago (Comp) 828 022-1 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
828 022-4 The House Sound Of Chicago  album cover Various The House Sound Of Chicago(Cass, Comp, Dol) London Records 828 022-4 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
828 141-1 Tyree's Got A Brand New House!  album cover Tyree* Tyree's Got A Brand New House! (Album) 828 141-1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
828 141-2 Tyree's Got A Brand New House!  album cover Tyree* Tyree's Got A Brand New House!(CD, Album) FFRR 828 141-2 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
839 377-1 Jack To The Sound  album cover The D.J. Fast Eddie* Jack To The Sound(LP, Album) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 839 377-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
839 377-2 Jack To The Sound  album cover The DJ Fast Eddie* Jack To The Sound(CD, Album) Disques Dreyfus 839 377-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
839 825-1 Dance Music Extravaganza  album cover Various Dance Music Extravaganza(LP, Comp) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 839 825-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
839 825-2 Dance Music Extravaganza  album cover Various Dance Music Extravaganza(CD, Comp) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 839 825-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
848 325-2 E.S.P.  album cover D'Bora E.S.P.(CD, Album) Smash Records 848 325-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
873380-2 Git On Up  album cover Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up(CD, Maxi) Disques Dreyfus 873380-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
873380-7 Git On Up  album cover Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up 873380-7 Benelux 1989 Sell This Version
873595-1 Move Your Body  album cover Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body(12", Maxi) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records, Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 873595-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
877 055-1 They Want To Be Free  album cover Joe Smooth They Want To Be Free (Maxi) 877 055-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
877 057-1 Most Wanted  album cover Fast Eddie* Most Wanted(12", Maxi) Disques Dreyfus 877 057-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
878 107-4 The House Sound Of London - Vol. IV - "The Jackin' Zone"  album cover Various The House Sound Of London - Vol. IV - "The Jackin' Zone"(Cass, Comp) FFRR, London Records 878 107-4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
886 075-1 Love Can't Turn Around  album cover Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* - Love Can't Turn Around (Maxi, EP) 886 075-1 France 1986 Sell This Version
886 075-7 Love Can't Turn Around  album cover Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* - Love Can't Turn Around (Single) 886 075-7 France 1986 Sell This Version
886 095-7 Steve "Silk" Hurley Jack Your Body(7", Single) London Records 886 095-7 1986 Sell This Version
886 452-7 Runaway Girl c/w It's All Right  album cover Sterling Void Runaway Girl c/w It's All Right(7", Single) FFRR 886 452-7 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
886 453-1 Runaway Girl c/w It's All Right  album cover Sterling Void Runaway Girl c/w It's All Right(12", Maxi) FFRR 886 453-1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
889 104-7 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(7") Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 889 104-7 France 1989 Sell This Version
889105-1 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(12", Maxi) Disques Dreyfus, Disques Dreyfus 889105-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
889105-2 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(CD, Maxi, Car) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 889105-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
5342801 12"/80s Club Classics  album cover Various 12"/80s Club Classics(3xCD, Comp + Box) Universal UMC, Universal UMC, Universal UMC, Universal UMC 5342801 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
828052.2 The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax  album cover Various The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax(CD, Comp) London Records, London Records 828052.2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
8735957 Move Your Body  album cover Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body(7", Single) D.J. International Records, Disques Dreyfus 8735957 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
20112113 Animal Magnetism (The Chicago House Remix)  album cover Darryl Pandy Animal Magnetism (The Chicago House Remix)(12", Maxi) Zafiro 20112113 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
63881-27723-2 It's Gonna Be Alright  album cover Pussy 2000 It's Gonna Be Alright(CD, Maxi) V2 63881-27723-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
885686091623 Can U Dance  album cover "Fast" Eddie Smith Can U Dance(5xFile, MP3, 320) D.J. International Records 885686091623 US 2010
885686091760 Break!  album cover Loftis* Break!(4xFile, MP3, 320) D.J. International Records 885686091760 US 2010
885686 091883 And All I Want 2 Say Is  album cover Rhythum Composers Feat QXI* Rhythum Composers Feat QXI* - And All I Want 2 Say Is(6xFile, MP3, 320) D.J. International Records 885686 091883 US Unknown
ACIDLP 1 Jackmaster Acid Trax  album cover Various Jackmaster Acid Trax (Comp) ACIDLP 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ACIDLP 2 Acido Amigo  album cover Various Acido Amigo(2xLP, Comp) Westside Records (2) ACIDLP 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
B.C. 33-2044-45 Chicago Trax Megamix / House Sound Of Chicago Megamix  album cover Various Chicago Trax Megamix / House Sound Of Chicago Megamix(LP, Mixed, Pic) BCM Records B.C. 33-2044-45 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
BCM 20016 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(CD, Single) BCM Records, D.J. International Records BCM 20016 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
BCM 33446 Most Wanted  album cover Fast Eddie* Most Wanted(LP, Album) BCM Records, D.J. International Records BCM 33446 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland Unknown Sell This Version
BCM 35240 The Future Of House... A New Generation  album cover Various The Future Of House... A New Generation(2xLP, Comp) BCM Records BCM 35240 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
BCM 55224 Jackmaster 4  album cover Various Jackmaster 4(2xCD, Comp) BCM Records BCM 55224 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
B-MX-1200 Hip House  album cover DJ Fast Eddie* Hip House(12") Grind B-MX-1200 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
BOY 043 Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(12") Boy Records (4), Boy Records (4) BOY 043 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
BOY-043-PRO Promised Land  album cover Joe Smooth Promised Land(7", S/Sided, Promo) Boy Records (4), D.J. International Records BOY-043-PRO Spain 1989 Sell This Version
CD 1026 Nation Of Hip House  album cover Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(CD, Album) D.J. International Records, Disques Dreyfus CD 1026 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CD 076-555892 Nation Of Hip House  album cover Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(CD, Album, RE) BCM Records CD 076-555892 Germany 1993 Sell This Version

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jancito303

jancito303

April 27, 2017
I saw a sign (November 2016) for the demolition of the building at 727 W. Randolph St, the original location for DJ International. Just curious if anybody knows anything about this. Should be considered a building of historical value for the city of Chicago :- )
djjimmy60

djjimmy60

April 10, 2015
THE FIRST RECORD LABEL TO CALL OR LABEL ITSELF HOUSE MUSIC!!! (Dj-888)
NO ONE HAS EVER CALLED IT'S MUSIC, HOUSE MUSIC BEFORE THE SPRING OF 1985!!!
Attari31

Attari31

November 26, 2014
Trax recently released a boxset, it would be great if DJ International did the same.
DaJacker

DaJacker

December 13, 2007
There was a pdf press release dated January 7, 2007 on the Phuture Trax Records website stating their intent for acquisition of the DJ International Records catalog. Under the new agreement, it stated that Phuture Trax retains the exclusive distribution rights for all music within the DJ International catalog and that the music will be packaged as collections and distributed across the globe under the Phuture Trax label. No definitive date has been given at all at this time on if or when the releases will become available to the public.
jaxxalude

jaxxalude

November 26, 2003
I am really stunned that nobody, up until now, made a comment on such a groundbreaking and historically important label! This label was the first "real" house music label and - as many people can easily see through its catalogue - released most of the early and influential house classics. And it's no secret that many of this music still sounds as fresh and vital as back then. Respect is due to DJ International!