We are happy to have been given another opportunity to programme another Finest Friday. thanks to all of you who came out and created a fantastic atmosphere at our last outing with Rick Wilhite & Jamie 3:26.
We are equally excited to bring some more midwest freshness to you with a bonafide house legend & hero Lil Louis as well as Grimy Edits /Merchandise & Discogs Crate Diggers boss — Zernell Gillie. Myself & Tama Sumo will be on hand as well with some fiery tunes. Make this a start to your CSD weekend.
More on Lil Louis & Zernell Gillie is below
A boanfide hero & house royalty, One of the most prolific Chicago house producers during the late 1980s thanks to his massive club hit «French Kiss», which sold in the millions. The huge sucess of French Kiss led to collaborations with major labels such as Epic. Born in Chicago, Louis was the son of guitarist Bobby Sims, who recorded for Chess and appeared with the psychedelic-soul unit Rotary Connection. He grew up with nine siblings and played both drums and bass as a child, then began DJing in the mid-1970s (he earned his nickname after an appearances at the club River's Edge while still in middle school). By the end of the decade he had his own club, the Future, where he began working on his editing techniques, thanks to a cassette deck and later a reel-to-reel recorder.
By the 1980s, Lil' Louis was hosting the biggest house parties in Chicago, and he began recording his productions around that time as well. His first single «How I Feel» appeared on his own label, and he began collaborating with Marshall Jefferson on several tracks, including «Seven Ways To Jack» by Hercules, Byron Stingily's «I Can't Stay Away». In 1987, his new single «French Kiss» became a local hit, then a platinum-selling international classic after being licensed to CBS and FFRR. The success triggered a major label contract through Epic, and the release of his debut album «From The Mind Of Lil' Louis» (1989).
Charting a course across jazz-fusion and R&B as well as house, and included session contributions from Larry Heard, Die Warzau, and his own father on drums. From the album, the moody single «I Called U» became another club hit. His follow-up album, the more stylistically unified «Journey With The Lonely», Lil' Louis retired from recording for over four years, preferring instead to set up his own studio in New York and work on production with Babyface and Me'Shell Ndegeocello. He returned by collaborating with «Little» Louie Vega of Masters At Work and also worked on production for Black Magic.
Lil Louis to this day continues to produce some of the best house music and tour. With a new album also ready for release shortly, Lil Louis reign is still going ahead full steam.
Zernell was born in Chicago and started DJing at the age of 14. This was during the early years of house music and like a lot of Chicago teens he religiously listened to the Hot Mix 5 on WBMX. By 1986 most of his friends where into the Disco / House music culture. Zernell musically grew up in the Music Box and other Chicago night clubs listening to the sounds of Ron Hardy and was schooled by the master in the art of song selection and timing that drives dancers into a frenzy. Zernell’s Grimy style of music features some of the hottest and rarest house & disco songs and re-edits mixed just the right way to keep you dancing and wanting more, which has made Zernell one of the hottest dj’s in the underground scene today.
As usual Tama Sumo & Lakuti will also be joining the dots musically.
come & celebrate, life, love & music with us.
we look forward to seeing you.
Lerato & Kerstin.