Various Jerome Derradji Presents Kill Yourself Dancing: The Story of Sunset Records Inc. Chicago 1985-89

Various Jerome Derradji Presents Kill Yourself Dancing: The Story of Sunset Records Inc. Chicago 1985-89
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Appearing at house music's year zero, Chicago, IL's Sunset Records helped play a significant role in the eventual sound, look and feel of electronic dance. Although not nearly as influential as labels like DJ International and Trax, Sunset has collected 21 songs for their first compilation, Kill Yourself Dancing. Drawing from '70s disco and early' 80s British new wave and synth-pop acts like Modern Mechanical Music, Razz, White Knight and (label co-creator) Matt Warren inject a sizable amount of personality and rubbery rhythm into these primitive, drum machine-based anthems. Remastered and packaged with a 23-page booklet, including photos and label chronology, Kill Yourself Dancing represents a fascinating snapshot of one of America's most under-appreciated and overlooked genres. However, it's that same specificity that prevents Kill Yourself Dancing from being a truly essential listen for most casual house fans. (Still)