Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago.

Label: BBE Music.

Release Date: ‘27th’ March 2020.

Two years after releasing a 12” preview sampler, BBE Music will release Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago on the ‘27th’ March 2020. It’s a compilation of  edits from the DJ and producers Jamie 3:26, who hails from the birthplace of house music, Chicago. The sound of the Windy City can be heard throughout this much-anticipated compilation that features seven edits from Jamie 3:26.

He was born Jamie Watson, and was brought up in Beverley, on the South Side of Chicago. Growing up, music was an important part of his life, and it was no surprise when Jamie became a DJ and then producer.

One of the secrets of Jamie 3:26’s success as a DJ, was his willingness to embrace and spin all types of music from different eras. Old favourites, floorfillers and long long hidden gems found their way into his record box as he was a man on a mission. Jamie 3:26 was determined to  help people for the problems in their lives and keep the dancefloor full. This he succeeded in doing  home and then, further afield.

Meanwhile,  Jamie 3:26 was embarking upon a career as a producer, and in 2008, released his debut single The Basement Edits-Volume One. Two years later, in 2010, The Basement Edits-Volume Two. This was the start of  Jamie 3:26’s production career.

Over the next few years, he released singles on labels in America, Britain and the UK. This included Insanity Project on Rush Hour Store Jams in 2014. 

There were also a couple of collaborations, including with Masalo on Testify which was released on the Local Talk label in 2016. They pair were reunited in 2017 for Red Light which was released on the Japanese label Eureka! The following year, Jamie 3:26 released a 12” sampler on BBE Music.

This was the Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago. It featured edits of Calender’s Comin’ On Strong and a remix of  Cabrini-Greens And Cornbread’s Stomps And Shouts. The two edits were a tantalising taste of what was to come from Jamie 3:26, who was by then, an international touring DJ.

Two years after the release of the 12” sampler on BBE Music comes the album Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago. It features seven of Jamie 3:26’s edits that are guaranteed to fill any dancefloor.

This includes the album opener Venus and Mars by BSTC’s album Music For A Saturday Evening which was released in 2008. It’s a genre-melting track where elements of Acid House, funk, stabs of blazing horns, rocky guitars and a myriad of percussion that drives the arrangement to this uplifting and irresistible track along.

Mighty Science released The Lesson on 2010. It was written and produced by Errick P Spencer and the version included on the compilation is an edit of Doc Brucio’s Original Mix. The arrangement is almost mesmeric, and more than hints at house music’s roots in the Windy City as the vocal adds the finishing touch to what’s a welcome addition to the compilation. 

The Jungle  was released by Jungle Wonz in 2011 and was edited by Jamie 3:26. This became Jamie’s Jungle Sounds Edit. It’s pulsating, hypnotic and filmic as a myriad of jungle sounds assail the listener on this captivating and memorable track.

When Quest released Mind Games in 1989, it featured a vocal  from Liz Torres. There were three tracks on the original 12” and Jamie 3: 26 has edited the  Underground Mix. It’s the musical equivalent of time travel, and for many people of a certain age, will be a welcome reminder of the early days of house.  

Just like Jamie 3:26, Braxton Holmes is a producer, remixer and DJ from Chicago. In 2003, Braxton Holmes featuring Cabrini-Greens and Cornbread released Stomps and Shouts. Fifteen years later, the Jamie 3:26 Basement Edit featured on the 12” sampler Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago. It makes a welcome return on the compilation and is a fusion of funk, disco and house. Together they play their part in what’s a joyous, driving and hands-in-the-air floorfiller that’s guaranteed to get any party started.

In the history of house music, Chip E’s name looms large. He started DJ-ing in 1982 and by 1984 was working as a producer. In 1985 he released the genre classic It’s House which was one of the reasons why Street Mix magazine crowned Chip E as the Godfather of House Music in 1986. Thirty-five years later and It’s House is recognised as one of the most important, influential and innovative house tracks and Jamie’s Basement Edit is a homage to a classic.

Jamie 3:26 Edit of New Jersey funk band Calendar’s Comin’ On Strong closes the compilation. It’s taken from their 1976 album It’s A Monster, which also features their proto-disco song Hypertension. However,  Comin’ On Strong is an oft-overlooked hidden gem where funk and disco are fused by Calendar and provide the perfect way to close Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago.

For anyone who enjoyed the 12” sampler which BBE Music released in 2018, then Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago  is a must have compilation. It features seven edits from Jamie 3:26 and showcase his eclectic taste in music that is a feature of his DJ sets. Classics and hidden gems rub shoulders on Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago which is a tantalising taste and a sample of the sound, style and culture of the Windy City and the genre it lents its name to, house. 

Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago.


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