- We can’t actually say, that retrospective compilations are unique these days. There are quite a few of them out there and I’m sure there are more to come. Yet City to City presented by DJ Deep is something to look deeper into. Right from the design of the box, City to City seems interesting.
DJ Deep has put together two CDs of rare and classic house and techno tracks. Geographically speaking, this is the sound from Detroit, Chicago and New York.
The first CD is called Chicago/Detroit Experience and includes tracks from the likes of DJ Pierre, Basic Channel, Jeff Mills, Rhythm is Rhythm (Derrick May) and many others. Tracks are both old and new ranging from 1987 to 2004, all mixed by DJ Deep.
Timeless tracks like Jeff Mills "Expanded" and Basic Channel "Phylyps Track volume 1" guarantee a deep experience and the rest of the pack keep the emotion as well.
The Chosen Ones "Destiny House" is a gem from the Chicago house era. Mr. Fingers "You’re Someone Special" brings in the soulful vocal groove. Produced by legendary Larry Heard in 1989, this was one of the most difficult tunes DJ Deep had to pick. You simply cannot favour one Larry Heard tune to another.
The first CD is closed with Underground Resistance feat. Yolanda "Your Time is Up", the first UR release ever.
CD 2 is unmixed and features eleven tracks including Glenn Underground's "House Music Will Never Die", Kerri Chandler's "I Feel It", Ron Hardy's "House Flashback" and Ron Trent's "12’ of Pleasure". Second track, Mike Perras "Keep Movin", is truly a classic and we can all see dancing to this beat and melody.
And to mention more tracks, definite highlights include Cajmere with Derrick Carter "Dream State" and Byron Burke "String Ensemble". Closing the compilation is Ron Trent 13 year-old song "12 of Pleasure".
Compared to to the first CD, unmixed disc is a lot more housey. This completes the retrospective journey through Detroit, Chicago and New York Underground House Sound.
As you might expect, this is a truly deep experience which DJ Deep himself points out, "This compilation is definitely not a best of Chicago, Detroit and New York House Sounds. It’s a very personal selection of tracks that are very special to me.�