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To trace the origins of todays house music one needs to time travel back to the 80s following a bizarre trail that spans the Atlantic ocean hits the Mediterranean dance floors of Ibiza sneak into the backdoors of New Yorks recording studios and have VIP passes to the clubs of Chicago and London Since we cant deliver any of that heres a brief retelling of the birth of modern dance music House musics earliest roots are found in the musical hotspots of Chicago around 1985 Transplanted New York DJ Frankie Knuckles had a regular gig at a club called The Warehouse Knuckles would tinker with soul and disco tunes by laying down a drum machine-generated 44 beat on top of them The clubbers loved this new sound and house music named for the club was born More DJs took to the tables and the studios and soon there was an abundance of new house tracks penetrating both the clubs and airwaves of Chicago The new sound found its way to the East Coast where DJs in Philly and New York spun their own interpretations of classic dance tunes with a house beat on top But the biggest fans of the Chicago sound werent in the US at all Simultaneously pirate radio in Britain took to the Chicago sounds Incidentally at the time pirate stations were the only ones playing black music of any kind in the UK Before long house was the new soundtrack of the underground clubs of London The first house tune to break the underground ceiling was Farley Jackmaster Funks cover of Isaac Hayes Love Cant Turn Around which reached the national charts in September 1986 The UK couldnt seem to get enough Soon commercial success beckoned several of the early artists Steve Silk Hurley was the first to reach the ultimate accolade the UK No1 with Jack Your Body in January 1987 This success paved the way for a house-flavored single
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