Marshall Jefferson ‎– Move Your Body · The Evolution Of Chicago House

Unisex ‎– USEXCD 004
2 × CD, Mixed, Compilation


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August 21, 2019
A special mix, released the year before my own personal antipodean summer of love. 10,000 miles from home I discovered the joy of dancing, taking yokes, smoking too many cigarettes and talking in depth with someone I had just met on a balcony while below us Jeff Mills lashed out balls to the wall techno.

I bought this at a HMV in downtown Sydney and put it on my trusty Sony Discman as soon as I left the shop. The intro still gives me chills and when Pockets - Come Go With Me kicked in my mind was truly blown. When it transitioned into Logg - You've Got That Something my mind was the galaxy brain meme. Spread over two CD's there are many moments like this; the breakdown of You Saved My Day segueing into the opening arpeggios of Your Love, wrapping my head around Liz Torres' vocals on Quest - Mind Games, opening CD2 with Moody and having the penultimate track be Chip E's Like This and closing everything off with Ain't No Mountain High Enough. Jefferson's balance of boogie, disco and house is absurdly well placed.

This is clearly a produced DJ mix featuring dubby effects and loops as well as snippets of vocals and beats sprinkled between transitions and would likely sound a lot different as a live mix. Not better or worse, just different. There is also a lot of hype man proselytising regarding the 'TRUE GODFATHER' of house music, Mr. Jefferson. This could get tiresome but I think it's a little bit (though not entirely) tongue in cheek.

I still haven't heard another mix quite like this. Marshall Jefferson is by reputation an okay DJ but nobody will question his prowess in the studio. He is behind dozens of quality Chicago house releases, too many to list here and his influence on house music in general is immeasurable. This mix however is testament to my belief that when it comes to DJing, first and foremost comes the records, then the programming, then the technical stuff. As a package it comes with a lengthy bio and interview with Marshall and the invaluable tip for any prospective interviewers out there: if you want Marshall to talk, the one thing you need to do is buy him a nice big steak!