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- Monica's "Don't Take It Personal"
Mica Alaniz, promoter, Signal Chicago club night what she's obsessed with.
R&B singles from 1995-1998 If the ages 10-13 are at all formative, radio hits from then should be so indelibly etched into your subconscious that you have to sing along when you hear them years later. Oddly, this particular itch is one that only YouTube videos consumed in two-hour binges can scratch. Remembering that between Monica's "Don't Take It Personal" and Next's "Too Close" there's Missy, TLC, Aaliyah, and Boyz II Men makes me wonder what vortex Babyface disappeared into.
The Three H's: Hyperdub, Hotflush, and Hessle Audio Signal aims to bring Chicago a sound that's far ahead of what you'll hear anywhere else. In order to find that sound, I'm a huge fan of DJ/producer-run record labels; of those, the three H's are always on point. Hyperdub, Hotflush Recordings, and Hessle Audio are a troika of contemporary electronic music's most influential labels and run by three of its leading lights as well: Kode9, Scuba, and the trio of Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, and Pangaea, respectively.
DJ Ustreams Nothing makes me drop everything I'm listening to like a DJ Ustream. Besides the obligatory nod to BoilerRoom.TV—a series of parties live-streamed online—following individual DJs on Twitter means you're able to catch the announcement of an impromptu Ustream mere minutes before the broadcast starts. There's no better way to get a head start on new tracks than when tuned in from the intimate setting of the DJ's own (usually messy) living space.