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Strut proudly presents the first definitive retrospective of one of the most influential labels and producers of Chicago house music. Cajmere and the seminal Cajual Records imprint. celebrating a huge 20 years of hard jacking classics and seminal US garage.
It started from a love of early Chicago house and as a hobby, piecing together tracks on a
"sixty-buck keyboard, a cheap four-track and a cheap drum machine". Curtis A. Jones, chemical engineering student
and long-time ‘80s video games obsessive, then left a Masters course at UC-Berkeley, returned to Chicago and
unleashed his first DIY tracks in 1992 on the ‘Underground Goodies’ EPs for ClubHouse, setting the blueprint for his
early raw, cut-up production style. Soon after forming his own label, Cajual (with the CAJ taken from his initials), he
unleashed the madcap, bubbling groove ‘Coffee Pot’ (later re-titled as ‘Percolator’), a worldwide club hit. The early
years of Cajual confirmed Cajmere’s reputation for gritty dancefloor perfection with the infectious, tongue-in-cheek
conversation ‘Chit Chat’ and his first release with vocalist Dajae, who would become a regular collaborator. Their
‘Brighter Days’ became a definitive calling card, exploding in a host of mixes by Cajmere himself Todd Terry and
Masters At Work’s Louie Vega and reaching no. 2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music / Club Play chart.
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