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Presents the Jackathon

(Get Physical; US: 8 Jul 2011; UK: 18 Jul 2011)

Remember when “jack” was a verb? In the glory days of Chicago and New York house music, it was. And though it never completely went out of style, 20 years later, that sultry, economical, funky type of house is coming back in fashion. Paying homage to the Berlin and London club nights for which it is named, The Jackathon has vintage house on its mind, though it’s comprised of contemporary tracks. You’ll hear plenty of hissing hi-hats, electronic hand claps, cold synthesizer washes and even a bit of acid. But this isn’t exactly a retread. Minimal and progressive house have informed these tracks, too, to the point where some of the vocal hiccuping is annoying.


Only German veteran Steve Bug’s “Jack is Back” sounds like it was produced in a time warp, so well does it summon the sounds of ‘89. With Chicago House legend Derrick Carter himself doing slow’n'low narration, The Jackathon leaves you no other choice but to jack your body.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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