Growing up during the second wave of Chicago artists that were in control of the growth and evolution of House and Techno in The Windy City, Gene Farris has undeniably solidified himself as one of the cities cultural icons. Really gaining popularity in the mid 90s, the rest of the world really began to take note of Gene and his talents after garnering support from acts such as Loco Dice, Carl Cox, and Green Velvet (aka Cajmere). Having racked up over 20 releases on the latter’s label, Relief Records, Farris has built quite the impressive resume and his productions, including collaborations with artists such as GV and Sonny Fodera have been played all across the globe.
2016 has been a pretty big year for Farris and his label Farris Wheel Recordings as the Chicago legend remains hard at work both in the sutdio and behind the booth. Most notably, Gene Farris released his album, In The Screen, last week on Green Velvet’s label Relief Recordings and boasts a rather impressive list of collaborations to accompany. Harry Romero, Sonny Fodera, Anthony Attalla, Loco Dice, and Nathan Barato, among others all make appearances on what has resulted in a really great album for the energetic Gene Farris. Drawing on Influences from both Tech and House, Detroit and Chicago, tracks such as ‘Dance It Out’ with Harry Romero deliver more of a whacky, underground Tech House vibe with catchy, low end vocals. The Sonny Fodera collaboration, ‘Freak You Back’, follows along the same lines, with a seriously groovy bass line and looped vocal that is backed by some crisp percussive rhythms. On the other hand, In The Screen provides tracks such as ‘Dance All Night’, which remain heavy on the low end but feature a Chicago/House influenced vocal sample from Dajae. Gene Farris then teams with Loco Dice on the incredibly rhythmic and complex track ‘Free Life’. Distorted vocals and rolling bass lines takes listeners for a journey while the carefully constructed synths really take things to the next level making this one the ideal track to whip out at the after hours party. In total, In The Screen brings 10 new tunes to the table from Gene Farris, all of which are capable of holding their own on the dance floor. If you haven’t already, check the album’s stream below and be sureto purchase your copy on iTunes or Beatport!