Jerome Derradji, Chicago-based DJ, artist, Still Music Chicago owner, and virtual electronic music encyclopedia –recently chronicled the work of Matt Warren and Miguel Garcia from 1985 to 1989 via Sunset Records Inc. on Kill Yourself Dancing: The Story of Sunset Record Inc. Chicago 1985-89. The sister release, Bang The Box! The (Lost) story of AKA Dance Music, is set for release October 15th and continues the story of Matt Warren months after he left Sunset Records Inc. to form the AKA Dance Music label. Both collections offer a distinct looks at the early days of Chicago house, when new producers were fusing together elements of new wave, disco, acid, and industrial on primitive beat machines and equipment.
Both releases are profiled in two mini-documentaries that recently saw the light of day. FACT premiered the look at Kill Yourself Dancing and Sunset Records Inc., while The Drone featured the look at Bang the Box! and AKA Dance Music. The former is available on Vimeo here, and the latter can be seen on Vimeo here.
Both collections come in a superb gatefold double LP and a double cd compilation that includes remastered, rare and unreleased tracks from each eara, along with lost pictures and artifacts spread in the gatefold double LP versions, and multi-page booklets for the double cd version. Jerome Derradji and both reissues were profiled in last week’s issue in the Chicago Reader.