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Let's go deep! Germany's foremost Chicagophiles Chiwax come through with the second half of the Virgo Four "E Series", and it's every bit as essential as the first half. Back in the day, the duo of Eric Lewis and Merwyn Sanders were the true pioneers of deep house and their 1989 LP still stands up as one of the best in the genre. Well, the clock's rolled on and Merwyn's pursued a different musical path, but Eric and new recruit Terry Ivy are continuing the legacy without missing a step. EP opener, "I've Loved You Before", is a truly beautiful house love song which rolls along at ocean floor depths. The whispered heartfelt vocals and sublime synths are in perfect harmony as you let the music take you. But what comes after love? Envy. Eric and Terry underpin some plaintiff strings with a nagging bassline and needling acid lines as they take us to the darker parts of our psyche. "Concrete Free" continues to play on our paranoia, bugging us out with an unsettling bassline, queasy leadlines and some of those creepy Chicago vocals perfect for sending the dancefloor west. If the EP started with love, then it finishes with lust in the form of the super sleazy "What You Do To ME". Opening with a stripped back bassline and some muffled moans, the track instantly transports you from the cruising gallery to the sweat of the dark room. A buzzing sequence enters the fray to add some extra midrange punch before the lead triumvirate of Eric's whispered vocals, jazzy rhodes licks and the rarely spotted house melodica! As sleazy as any conversation with Martin, this is the winner for me.

TRACK LISTING

A1. I've Loved You Before
A2. With Envy
B1. Concrete Free
B2. What You Do To ME

Virgo Four – E-Series Part One 12″ – Chiwax

chiwaxv401Even without original member Meryn Saunders, Virgo Four continues to produce excellent Chicago flavored House Music. Therefore, its fitting that the first cut, titled “Just Let Me,” seeks to take the listener on a journey back to the 80s heyday of Chicago house culture. With the same knack they had back in the day for creating music full of slinking synths, laid back atmospheres and sultry vocals this first track really sets the tone for this EP.

The aptly named “Superbass” follows a similar formula, but features a running staccato baseline with just the right amount of acid tinge to keep it from falling into the increasingly cliche modern deep house sound. Probably the standout track on the EP is “1986”. This is that classic house sound done to perfection, which is easy for Eric Lewis and Terry Ivy since they were two of the people who helped define it. Closing up the EP is “Let Me Touch Your Soul” which is a bit more hypnotic and driving than the other tracks and features some solid drum programming and synth textures. This EP is destined to be a modern classic in House Music with its classic sound but modern polish, marking it as a must-have.POSTED BY

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... "This is not (just) self-indulgence – it’s highly relevant to whatVirgo is. The majority of fans of the album probably were in a similar position to me, either not cool enough or not old enough (or not even born) when it came out, yet it remains relevant to this day. Not as a “retro” record, not as a signifier of dance music past, but as a perfect encapsulation of the geometries of house. It’s a metaphor I’ve used before, but when you hear something as perfectly designed as this, it’s like getting an amazing chair – one that is comfortable, beautiful, refined and usable every day. When you get something like that, regardless of its age, do you then abandon it or declare it obsolete or decide to attach a fifth leg to it just because your neighbours get a different chair made of some new construction material?" Joe Muggs

 

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     One of the positive aspects of living in a reissue culture is that people who didn’t get their props first time round do so on the rebound. M. and  E.  are two such guys. They released only three records in their short-lived career, but those first two (under the names M.E. and Virgo Four, released on Chicago’s legendary Trax label), were compiled into their eponymous album Virgo. ... the album is regularly described as “the greatest house album you’ve never heard.” You can, however, knock the “n” off that description ....

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  • Calum

    Calum Glasgow, Scotland

    Electronic me! WOWEE!
    Electronic me! WOWEE!
  • Me

    Me Here

    Viterbo,(Club Your Hands), Florence ( Tenax) and Paris (Concrete) were all great. Big fun
    Viterbo,(Club Your Hands), Florence ( Tenax) and Paris (Concrete) were all great. Big fun
  • Me

    Me Here

    We are looking forward to performing in Ibiza.
    We are looking forward to performing in Ibiza.
  • E.

    E. Here

    Amsterdam and Nijmegen were great to visit, as always. We really enjoyed the company. Thanks everyone. E.
    Amsterdam and Nijmegen were great to visit, as always. We really enjoyed the company. Thanks everyone. E.
  • Me

    Me Here

    We really enjoyed Dublin and the look forward to returning.
    We really enjoyed Dublin and the look forward to returning.
  • Kate

    Kate Dublin

    great show guys! had a great time in the grand social, I hope you have a nice time in spain.
    great show guys! had a great time in the grand social, I hope you have a nice time in spain.
  • Naomi

    Naomi Dublin

    Stoked for Dublin!
    Stoked for Dublin!
  • Sean

    Sean London

    Hey are you guys playing London anytime soon? I cant get to the Dublin gig.
    Hey are you guys playing London anytime soon? I cant get to the Dublin gig.
  • E

    E Here

    Thanks D. Berlin was great. Panorama bar was cool as usual. Moulin Rouge & Paris was spectacular.
    Thanks D.
    Berlin was great. Panorama bar was cool as usual. Moulin Rouge & Paris was spectacular.
  • D

    D berlin

    thanks for your berlin gig on saturday! nice to hear and see you play (even with a "real" bass guitar ;)! didn't knew that some of my favs in house music are virgo four tracks (until friends lent me a lot of virgo four 12" few months ago). all the best!
    thanks for your berlin gig on saturday! nice to hear and see you play (even with a "real" bass guitar wink! didn't knew that some of my favs in house music are virgo four tracks (until friends lent me a lot of virgo four 12" few months ago). all the best!

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