- This week on the pod: A mix straight from Chicago's Boompty HeadQuarters by Derrick Carter.
- Is there a name more synonymous with Chicago house music than Derrick Carter? You might be able to make a case for Green Velvet or Felix Da Housecat, but Carter surely belongs in the conversation. Through his productions, remixes and DJ sets, he was one of the most important figures in the Windy City's mid-'90s resurgence.
Like his contemporaries, Carter hasn't slowed down a bit: After a stellar run of exactly 100 releases with his Classic label (an imprint run with Luke Solomon that is set to open its doors once again later this year), Carter focused his attention on DJing and production, but perhaps most of all remixing—as you'll hear on his RA podcast. "I've been working on loads of stuff but it seems as if it takes forever to get released," he tells us. That much is clear: Carter's RA podcast is all him, all boompty, all house, all nü pschidt. It's a bouncy mix that'll have you wondering what all those labels are waiting for...
What have you been working on recently?
A lot of the stuff that's included in this mix. Plus, a few other goodies. I've got a new release (as DJ Bang) on Perspex, which is Anu from Freeform Five's label. I've also got a new thing coming out on GKM (Greens Keepers Music) and an assortment of remixes, and productions under various nom de plumes.
Where and how was the mix recorded?
I recorded it here at my place. I just kinda started and mixed it. Not much in the way of trickery involved as I wanted to leave the music pretty much unmolested. Me and my CDJ's. I did a little pre-mastering is all...
Can you tell us a little about the mix?
Well, I've been working on loads of stuff but it seems as if it takes forever to get released and I have people coming up to me all of the time asking what I've been up to "studio-wise." I thought that I could take this opportunity to let a few cats out of the bag and create a B.H.Q. Showcase.
How did it feel to be named the 66th most famous Chicagoan a few years back?
It felt just fine. Not much different than any other day really. Though, it rather impressed my neighbors.
Why are you bringing Classic back?
Why not? It's still a valid and well regarded marquee. We mostly shut it down in order to have a break and figure out what our next move should be. Cue to now and we've figured it out. Besides, there's a world of music out there and we rather liked having a little corner of this madness which we could call our own.
What are you up to next?
I am literally just about to go and walk the dogs. After that, I'm off to bed. It's nearly 7 AM and I could use the rest.
01. So Called - These Are The Good Old Days (D's BHQ Vocal) - Unreleased
02. Home And Garden feat. Chez Damier - In & Out (D's Nü-Vo Vox) - OM
03. Ian Pooley feat. Tim Fuller - What I Got Is Love (D's BHQ Vocal) - Unreleased
04. DJ Bang - St. James Infirmary Blues (Mix 2) - GKM
05. Adele - My Same (D's BHQ Vocal edition) - XL Recordings
06. Hercules & Love Affair - You Belong (D's Rhythm Bounce) - DFA Records
07. Nate Manic - It's Never Easy (BHQ Malfunction) - Bad Advice
08. 3rd Face - Canto Della Liberta (a la Boompty Dub) - Classic
09. Easily Influenced - Rockit (BHQ Favorite Mix) - HAWT
10. Trade Marq - Broken Wagon (Brknwgnbhq Dub) - Bananza
11. The Microphone Band - U Step (D's Chicago Rub) - Dust Traxx
12. Greens Keepers - Buffalo Girlz (D's Club Vocal) - GKM
13. Almost September feat. MC Lyte - Beautiful (D's BHQ Vocal) - Unreleased
14. Roisin Murphy - Ruby Bleü (D's Private Stock) - Unreleased
15. Amos Lee - Sweet Pea (a la Boompty) - Unreleased