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Jamie 3:26 presents A Taste of Chicago

BBE Records
Jamie 3:26 presents A Taste of Chicago
With this love letter to Chicago’s underground house scene, Jamie 3:26 moves from the mid-’80s to the modern day, reinterpreting classic songs from Quest, Chip E, and Calendar. His edit of Mighty Science’s ‘The Lesson’, built around howls of laughter that playfully twist around stuttering synths, is brazen, if also a little irritating. But the pure rush of Jamie’s mixes of Quest’s ‘Mind Games’ and Calendar’s ‘Comin’ On Strong’ is undeniable, and makes you feel like you’re walking through the Windy City with a spring in your step. Both tracks represent the two sides of a city where electronic and soulful R&B enjoy feeding off one another. This is an imperfect but interesting compilation, and Jamie does well to capture the rapid hi-hats, off-beat hand claps, and funky grooves that have made his city’s scene so endearing.