The legendary Chicago ghetto-house label, Dance Mania, has enjoyed a resurgence in 2014. This has been mainly down to the release of Hardcore Traxx: a retrospective of some of their biggest hits between 1986-1997. XLR8R have released a feature about the history of the label, Strut Records a mini-documentary on the same topic and Nina Kraviz has released her first all-vinyl mix, consisting of solely Dance Mania records. The sound has also been heralded through the recent output of the Night Slugs and Clone Jack for Daze camps, who have taken an unmistakeable influence from the label’s sound.
However, it is not all 130 plus beats per minute of percussive hits to the body. One less-heralded song reissued on the compilation is Parris Mitchell’s excellent ‘Ghetto Shout Out’. The “shout out” of the title is not to be underestimated. A list of affiliated crew members, the north, west, east and south sides, and of course, all the players, is teamed with the hypnotic refrain of ‘in this motherfucker, hell yeah!’ This is layered on top of a languid yet undeniably funky looped bassline which makes for a quietly effective DJ tool which could easily work in both warm up and peak time club environments.