D.J. International Records

D.J. International Records

Profile:
One of the larger two original Chicago house-music labels (the other being Trax Records). Launched in 1985 by Rocky Jones and Benji Espinoza (he passed away on October 24, 2020), 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.

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

LC 8121

As of 2021, all releases that the label controls have been licensed to Last Man Music.
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Contact Info:
DJ International
3 W. Golf Center
Hoffman Estates, IL
60169, USA
E: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (312) 388-4188
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Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
12 LTD 333 Tyree* - I Fear The Night ('87 House Mix) Tyree* I Fear The Night ('87 House Mix) 12 LTD 333 UK 1987 Sell This Version
14 Joe Smooth - Promised Land ('95 Remix & Original Mixes) Joe Smooth Promised Land ('95 Remix & Original Mixes)(CD, Maxi) House Nation, Dance Street, Dance Street 14 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
778 Shawn Christopher - People Of All Nations Shawn Christopher People Of All Nations(12", TP) D.J. International Records 778 US 1986 Sell This Version
07016 Joe Smooth - Promised Land Joe Smooth Promised Land(7", Single) D.J. International Records, BCM Records 07016 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
07146 Tyree* - Turn Up The Bass 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 Joe Smooth - Promised Land Joe Smooth Promised Land(12") D.J. International Records, BCM Records 12016 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
12025 Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* Featuring Daryl Pandy* - Love Can't Turn Around Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* Featuring Daryl Pandy* Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* Featuring Daryl Pandy* - Love Can't Turn Around(12", RE) BCM Records, BCM Records, D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 12025 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
12192 Fast Eddie* - Yo Yo Get Funky Fast Eddie* Yo Yo Get Funky 12192 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
12243 Tyree* - House Music Is My Life – Special Club Mix Tyree* House Music Is My Life – Special Club Mix(12") D.J. International Records, BCM Records 12243 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
12244 Kool Rock Steady - Let's Get Hyped Kool Rock Steady Let's Get Hyped(12") BCM Records, D.J. International Records 12244 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
12245 Fast Eddie* - Let's Go Fast Eddie* Let's Go(12") BCM Records, D.J. International Records 12245 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
12287 Joe Smooth - Can't Fake The Feeling Joe Smooth Can't Fake The Feeling(12") BCM Records 12287 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
20146 Tyree* - Turn Up The Bass Tyree* Turn Up The Bass(CD, Maxi) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 20146 Germany & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
26166 Various - The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix Volume 2 ('House' Strikes Again) 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 Various - The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix Vol. 1 (The Dance-House-Power-Remix) 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
33169 Various - The House Sound Of Chicago Vol. 1 Various The House Sound Of Chicago Vol. 1(LP, Comp, RE) D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records, BCM Records, BCM Records 33169 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
33220 Various - Acieed Inferno Volume 2 Various Acieed Inferno Volume 2(LP, Comp) BCM Records 33220 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
33443 Tyree* - Nation Of Hip House Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(LP, Album) D.J. International Records, BCM Records 33443 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
33444 Joe Smooth - Rejoice Joe Smooth Rejoice(LP, Album) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 33444 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
041 765 2 Various - The Evil Acid Baron Show Various The Evil Acid Baron Show 041 765 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
50139 Tyree* - Tyree's Got A Brand New House Tyree* Tyree's Got A Brand New House(CD, Album) D.J. International Records, BCM Records 50139 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
50140 Fast Eddie* - Jack To The Sound Fast Eddie* Jack To The Sound (Album) 50140 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
50206 Joe Smooth - Promised Land Joe Smooth Promised Land(CD, Album) BCM Records, D.J. International Records 50206 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
50443 Tyree* - Nation Of Hip House Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(CD, Album) D.J. International Records, BCM Records 50443 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
50444 Joe Smooth - Rejoice Joe Smooth Rejoice(CD, Album) BCM Records 50444 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
50446 Fast Eddie* - Most Wanted 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 Various - New Beat Megamix Various New Beat Megamix(CD, Comp, Mixed) BCM Records 56181 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
60140 Fast Eddie* - Jack To The Sound Fast Eddie* Jack To The Sound(Cass, Album) BCM Records 60140 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
60444 Joe Smooth - Rejoice Joe Smooth Rejoice(Cass, Album) BCM Records 60444 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
190 194-2 The FHR Project* Featuring Linda Rice - Out Of Control The FHR Project* Featuring Linda Rice The FHR Project* Featuring Linda Rice - Out Of Control(CD, Single, Jew) D.J. International Records 190 194-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
302 955 Various - Super Power Hit-Sensation Various Super Power Hit-Sensation(2xLP, Comp) Ariola, Ariola 302 955 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
450606 1 Various - Ronny's Pop Show 9 Various Ronny's Pop Show 9(2xLP, Comp) CBS, CBS 450606 1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
466024 1 Fast Eddie* - Most Wanted Fast Eddie* Most Wanted(LP, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466024 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466024 2 Fast Eddie* - Most Wanted Fast Eddie* Most Wanted (Album) 466024 2 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
466024 4 Fast Eddie* - Most Wanted Fast Eddie* Most Wanted(Cass, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466024 4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466146 1 Sterling Void - It's All Right Sterling Void It's All Right (Album) 466146 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466146 2 Sterling Void - It's All Right Sterling Void It's All Right(CD, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466146 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466146 4 Sterling Void - It's All Right 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 Tyree* - Nation Of Hip House Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(LP, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466147 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466147 2 Tyree* - Nation Of Hip House Tyree* Nation Of Hip House(CD, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466147 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
466147 4 Tyree* - Nation Of Hip-House 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 Joe Smooth - Rejoice Joe Smooth Rejoice(LP, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466385 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
466385 2 Joe Smooth - Rejoice Joe Smooth Rejoice(CD, Album, RE) CBS, D.J. International Records 466385 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
466385 4 Joe Smooth - Rejoice Joe Smooth Rejoice(Cass, Album) CBS, D.J. International Records 466385 4 UK 1990 Sell This Version
472002 Various - The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 1 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
472002WM330 Various - The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 1 Various The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 1(CD, Comp) D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 472002WM330 France 1995 Sell This Version
472003 Various - The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 2 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
472003WM330 Various - The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 2 Various The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 2(CD, Comp) D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 472003WM330 France 1995 Sell This Version
472005 Various - The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 3 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
472005WM330 Various - The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 3 Various The Original House Music Of Chicago Volume 3(CD, Comp) D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records 472005WM330 France 1995 Sell This Version
6088-12 Joe Smooth - Promised Land Joe Smooth Promised Land(12") ZYX Records, D.J. International Records 6088-12 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
655366 2 Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up(CD, Single) CBS, D.J. International Records 655366 2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
655366 6 Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up 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 Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up(7") CBS 655366 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655366 8 Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up 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 6 Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body(12") CBS, D.J. International Records 655470 6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655470 7 Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body 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 Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body (U.K. Only Mixes) 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 K.A. Posse - Dig This K.A. Posse Dig This(12") CBS, D.J. International Records 655518 6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655518 7 K.A. Posse - Dig This K.A. Posse Dig This(7") D.J. International Records, CBS 655518 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655522 2 Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge - Set Me Free Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge - Set Me Free(CD, Single) CBS, D.J. International Records 655522 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655522 4 Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge - Set Me Free Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge - Set Me Free(Cass, Single) D.J. International Records, CBS 655522 4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655522 6 Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge - Set Me Free Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge - Set Me Free(12") D.J. International Records, CBS 655522 6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
655522 7 Sterling Void Featuring Paris Brightledge - Set Me Free 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
655522 8 Sterling Void - Set Me Free Sterling Void Set Me Free(12") D.J. International Records, CBS 655522 8 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
655740 2 Joe Smooth - They Want To Be Free Joe Smooth They Want To Be Free(CD, Single) CBS, D.J. International Records 655740 2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
655740 6 Joe Smooth - They Want To Be Free Joe Smooth They Want To Be Free(12") D.J. International Records, CBS 655740 6 UK 1990 Sell This Version
655740 7 Joe Smooth - They Want To Be Free Joe Smooth They Want To Be Free(7", Single) D.J. International Records, CBS 655740 7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
828 022-1 Various - The House Sound Of Chicago Various The House Sound Of Chicago (Comp) 828 022-1 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
828 022-4 Various - The House Sound Of Chicago Various The House Sound Of Chicago(Cass, Comp, Dol) London Records 828 022-4 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
828 141-1 Tyree* - Tyree's Got A Brand New House! Tyree* Tyree's Got A Brand New House!(LP, Album) FFRR 828 141-1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
828 141-2 Tyree* - Tyree's Got A Brand New House! Tyree* Tyree's Got A Brand New House!(CD, Album) FFRR 828 141-2 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
839 377-1 The D.J. Fast Eddie* - Jack To The Sound 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 The DJ Fast Eddie* - Jack To The Sound The DJ Fast Eddie* Jack To The Sound(CD, Album) Disques Dreyfus 839 377-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
839 381-4 Joe Smooth - Promised Land Joe Smooth Promised Land(Cass, Album) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 839 381-4 France 1988 Sell This Version
839 825-1 Various - Dance Music Extravaganza Various Dance Music Extravaganza(LP, Comp) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 839 825-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
839 825-2 Various - Dance Music Extravaganza Various Dance Music Extravaganza(CD, Comp) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records, Disques Dreyfus 839 825-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
848 325-2 D'Bora - E.S.P. D'Bora E.S.P.(CD, Album) Smash Records 848 325-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
873380-2 Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up(CD, Maxi) Disques Dreyfus, Indisc Benelux 873380-2 Benelux 1989 Sell This Version
873380-7 Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) Fast Eddie* Featuring Sundance (2) - Git On Up (Single) 873380-7 Benelux 1989 Sell This Version
873595-1 Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body 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 Joe Smooth - They Want To Be Free Joe Smooth They Want To Be Free (Maxi) 877 055-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
877 057-1 Fast Eddie* - Most Wanted Fast Eddie* Most Wanted(12", Maxi) Disques Dreyfus 877 057-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
886 075-1 Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* - Love Can't Turn Around 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 Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* - Love Can't Turn Around Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* & Jessie Saunders* - Love Can't Turn Around (Single) 886 075-7 UK 1986 Sell This Version
886 095-7 Steve 'Silk' Hurley* - Jack Your Body Steve 'Silk' Hurley* Jack Your Body (Single) 886 095-7 UK 1987 Sell This Version
886 452-7 Sterling Void - Runaway Girl c/w It's All Right Sterling Void Runaway Girl c/w It's All Right(7", Single) FFRR 886 452-7 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
886 453-1 Sterling Void - Runaway Girl c/w It's All Right Sterling Void Runaway Girl c/w It's All Right(12", Maxi) FFRR 886 453-1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
889 103-2 The DJ Fast Eddy* - Yo Yo Get Funky The DJ Fast Eddy* Yo Yo Get Funky(CD, Maxi) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 889 103-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
889 104-7 Joe Smooth - Promised Land Joe Smooth Promised Land(7", Single) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records, Disques Dreyfus 889 104-7 France 1989 Sell This Version
889105-1 Joe Smooth - Promised Land Joe Smooth Promised Land(12", Maxi) Disques Dreyfus, Disques Dreyfus 889105-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
889 105-2 Joe Smooth - Promised Land Joe Smooth Promised Land(CD, Maxi, Car) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 889 105-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
889 305-2 Kool Rock Steady - Let's Get Hyped Kool Rock Steady Let's Get Hyped(CD, Maxi) Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 889 305-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
889 351-1 Tyree* - Turn Up The Bass Tyree* Turn Up The Bass(12", Maxi) Disques Dreyfus, Disques Dreyfus, D.J. International Records 889 351-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
5342801 Various - 12 Various 12"/80s Club Classics(3xCD, Comp + Box) Universal UMC, Universal UMC, Universal UMC, Universal UMC 5342801 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
7 4-87685 D'Zyre - Forever Amo'r D'Zyre Forever Amo'r(Cass, Single) Atlantic, D.J. International Records 7 4-87685 US 1991 Sell This Version
828052.2 Various - The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax Various The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax(CD, Comp) London Records, London Records 828052.2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
8735957 Tyree* Featuring J.M.D. - Move Your Body 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 Darryl Pandy - Animal Magnetism (The Chicago House Remix) Darryl Pandy Animal Magnetism (The Chicago House Remix)(12", Maxi) Zafiro 20112113 Spain 1987 Sell This Version

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deeman1976

deeman1976

July 4, 2021
edited about 1 year ago
so what happened with the deal with universal, to release the catalog digitally. did rocky jones have a disagreement.
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 :- )
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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!
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