To say that Roy Davis Jr. is a legend of house music would be somewhat of an understatement. Born in California but brought up in Chicago’s South Side, Roy Davis Jr. went on to A&R for Strictly Rhythm while running his own Undaground Therapy Muzik label and releasing on labels like Peacefrog, Cajual and Thomas Bangalter’s Roulé imprint.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in April and being forced to cancel dates (you are still able to donate for his medical fund), the man is back on the road with gigs scheduled in the UK, Holland, France and Berlin, where he’ll be hitting the Prince Charles decks this coming Friday for the Emancipate party alongside Tyree Cooper, Mandel Turner and Bobby Starrr.
Ahead of the gig, we’ve asked Roy Davis Jr. to pick 5 old-school Chicago classics to help get us in the right mindset for the night. Get listening below and for more info on the party, head over to Facebook or Resident Advisor.
We also have 2×2 guestlist spots to give away for the party. To get involved simply leave a comment under the article.
Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
This is one of my favourite classics because it was one of those records that set the tone for what we call house music it’s also the house music anthem. If you don’t know this record please take the time to check it out.
Fingers Inc – Music Take Me Up
One of those tracks that was just so raw, it made me want to make house music like this. Robert Owens can never go wrong with Larry Heard.
K-Alexi – Shelby My Medusa
I can remember when I first heard this track being played by Armando Gallop at a Chicago Badboy party in Chicago and was like what is this record I need it! He was like I got the record from Derrick May you have to get it from him. Found out months later it was on Transmat Record label out of Detroit but it was done by Mr K-Alexi out of Chicago and I have been dropping for many years since.
Chip E Inc- It’s House (Re-Edit)
It’s house was one of the first records out with the words house in it. It use to drive all of us dancers crazy whenever it was dropped on the floor at any party.
Cajmere ft. Dajae – Brighter Days (Underground Goodies Mix)
This is like a vocal Jackers Anthem! When this record first came out you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing this in the club, skate rink or the radio! Just one of a few joints that could stand the test of time.