The 100th release coming on Gene Farris‘s Farris Wheel Recordings is a fourteen track compilation EP chock-full of classic, Chiacgo House based tracks featuring some of house music’s brightest minds. A global ambassador of the Chicago House sound, Farris has built his career off of bringing quality, danceable house music to the masses for their groovin’ pleasure. A consistent contributor to the evolution of house music and its sub genres, Farris began playing Acid, House, and Disco music at an early age, and by the mid 90s was playing some of Chicago’s finest warehouse parties. Aside from headlining his own label, Farris has also seen releases on some of house music’s most recognizable labels such as Soma, Relief, and Defected, and allowed for him to continue down a path of rapid expansion and exposure as big time house DJ and producer. As a close friend of Chicago House legend Cajmere/GreenVelvet (GV), his relationship has spawned well over 15 collaborations, and as previously mentioned, releases on GV’s label, Relief Records. With an impressive resume over the last couple of decades, and no intent on slowing down, Farris Wheel 100 presents not only a culmination of his work to date, by bringing in the likes of Jason Hodges, Chuck Daniels, and Wally Callerio, but also a glimpse into perhaps what’s to come.
Fortunately for listeners, this compilation contains fourteen tracks and over forty-five minutes of killer music including cuts with Deep, Chicago, and Acid house style influences. Farris kicks off the compilation in a proper manner with his 2016 original mix of ‘The Spirit,’ which is highlighted by resonating vocal cuts, a smooth percussive rhythm and some pretty slick house samples. Sonny Fodera sports another stellar release on the compilation, this time straying from his typical sound and tapping into the classic Chicago roots of house music. A catchy piano melody, slight disco influences, and a smooth vocal cut highlight this funky track. The Ron Hardy tribute titled ‘Fresh Air‘ by John Hardin embodies everything that is the classic house sound. From the bellowing vocal cut, to the simplistic, yet catchy piano riffs, this song will have you moving til the break of dawn. Jerome Baker‘s track titled ‘Mindpoint‘ is a more subtle track, with an echoing vocal that features more tech-house influences than some of the other tracks seen on the album. While the percussion takes hold of the track, the subtle saxophone rhythm in the background is what really puts this one over the top. The following track is by an artist that many (including Chicago house legend Mark Farina) consider to be one of the greatest underground house DJs in the world. Wally Callerio slays late night sets and underground house events across the country and is easily one of the most under rated producers I’ve ever come across. ‘Myfifi’ is a percussive driven track with an echoing vocal cut layered over the top. The deeper side of house music is a bit more prevalent here as he intertwines vocals, smooth drums, and funky melodies throughout the course of the track.
From start to finish, this fourteen track album is without a doubt a treat for everyone. Check the provided playlist below and don’t skip out because the entirety of this album is incredibly well produced. Also, follow Gene and his label on social media below, and if you’re ever in the Chicago, be on the lookout for Gene Farris events like his monthly Farris and Friends event or his regular appearances at Chiacgo’s infamous SpyBar.