Here’s One They Made Earlier: 28th November 2022

For this week's edition of Here's One They Made Earlier, we're going back all the way to 1992. It's somewhat hard to believe this track was made 30 years ago, but that's how life is these days! Marc Kinchen is a name well known in the house music scene. Less known is the fact he started out in the Detroit techno world, producing a number of records released through the likes of Kevin Saunderson's KMS…

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Derrick May’s plan to get his career back? Reunite the old crew…

There's been a lot here on Ears To The House over this week about Derrick May, hasn't there? We don't really apologise for this - we've been away for a few weeks and more normal levels of coverage will resume soon. Today, it's all about how the occasional Detroit DJ - who hates it when we call him this, apparently - wants his old career back. As even the man himself now admits on his…

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The 30 year “Brighter Days” remixes are out – and we’re not impressed

Back in 1992, a young Chicago music producer called Curtis A. Jones got together with a young singer called Karen Gordon - who usually went by the stage name of Dajaé. They made a track together called "Brighter Days" - Jones did a few versions whilst also roping in Todd Terry and Louie Vega to provide remixes. Since then, it's become one of the most well known house music tracks for anyone who can be…

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Rhano Burrell needs YOUR help

Nu Groove Records might not be the most instantly recognisable label from dance music history, but it was one of the more quietly influential. Originally set up in 1988 to release tracks by brothers Rheji and Rhano Burrell, it soon became something bigger - the catalogue was eventually sold to house music behemoth Defected in 2017. The label was even responsible for the creation of Masters At Work - Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez released a track…

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Did Resident Advisor die in 2019? Our question as they turn 21…

In the USA, turning 21 is considered a big deal. Such a big deal, in fact that Taylor Swift - whose feet are currently bothering the Buzzfeed office - once wrote a song about it. And why is it a big deal? Mostly because you can now legally get drunk. Go figure. And as of next month, Resident Advisor will be able to get intoxicated in America too. To celebrate what they obviously consider quite…

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Was THAT the best you could do, Mr Tenaglia?

We've said it before and we'll say it again. No one from the Ears To The House team could ever be convinced to visit a nightclub on Christmas Day. Not for us - mince pies, rubbish television viewing, alcohol and someone releasing noxious odours after eating too many Brussels sprouts are more our kind of thing. But we obviously have no issue with anyone who takes a different view - Christmas is sadly not a…

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Derrick May and a Thanksgiving parade: the inside story

Last Monday, Ears To The House launched back onto the online airwaves with the news that Derrick May was due to appear at the Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit on Thursday. We wrote again on Tuesday before receiving confirmation early on Thursday morning that he would no longer appear. A final article appeared on Friday after the parade. Today, we shall reveal the full story of what's happened over the past week and some of…

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Saturday Recap: 26th November 2022

So that’s another week over and done with. Welcome to the weekend! Normal service resumes tomorrow. Right now, let’s quickly recap some of what’s been on Ears To The House during our first week back... Pete Tong's DJ academy is running a DJ mix contest! London’s Metropolitan Police used a hip hop record shop to entrap criminals. Derrick May WON'T be appearing at Detroit's Thanksgiving Day parade. Will Blake Baxter tread where others wouldn't? Michael Gracioppo. Yes,…

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Rebekah did a livestream for HÖR Berlin – the end went a bit wrong…

It's been a bit of a heavy week on our return to the online airwaves, so Ears To The House is pleased to see this one arrive in the inbox for some light relief. It concerns techno DJ and #ForTheMusic campaign leader Rebekah Teasdale, a livestream for broadcaster HÖR Berlin and an unexpected end to her set. HÖR Berlin are based in a small studio at Kreuzberg, and they started making a name for themselves…

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BREAKING NEWS: Jesse Saunders in hospital after “major stroke”

Ears To The House is saddened to learn that Jesse Saunders, quite possibly the first person to release a house track on vinyl, has had what we understand to be "a major stroke". Two sources in Chicago have confirmed the news to us today. We understand that Saunders, who celebrated his 60th birthday back in March, was hospitalised at the start of the week - and it's now been confirmed he's had a large stroke.…

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