Friday Night Tune: Larry Heard versus Marshal Jefferson – Your Mine Vs Destination (Zernell Gillie’s Rework)

The main reason that this weeks Friday Night Tune is so late in coming is that, due to a combination of the energy sapping humidity, exhaustion from a long week at work and having to devote my spare time to something else, I simply couldn’t think of a tune to write about. It happens like that occasionally; your state of mind or some other fundamental changes in a way that renders a piece of music as dry as a piece of gravel and about as interesting.

Still, it forces you to look around and re-evaluate music you haven’t heard in a while. It’s interesting what you find. Your Mind Vs Destination was not one I had really thought about talking about before, and even now I’m not entirely sure what I am going to say about it. It’s a tune that has simply been haunting my subconsciousness for a few weeks. whenever I’ve been having a wee mix, it one of those records that seems to slip into the space at the end of the playing tune without you thinking too much about it and with no more right to be there than a nagging insistence that it should stay.

It certainly has stayed, and not just in my mind. I am unsure of when it was originally released. Or when the original parts were released, in fact. It’s essentially a remix by Chicagoan DJ Zernell Gillie, who has become famous for the edits he releases through his label, Grimy. As a whole, though, it’s representative of an entire all-but-lost era of House and a good reminder that the music released across those famous Chi-town labels and the music that people were dancing too in clubs like the Music Box were not always exactly the same thing. I have no idea where, if anywhere, I originally heard it, but I only became aware of it a couple of years back when I bought a copy of the Gene Hunt Presents – Chicago Dance Tracks compilation that Dutch label Rush Hour Recordings put out a little while back.

The album represents underground Chicago House that was passed between producers and DJs way back in the early days but rarely – if ever – found a proper release. Often they were played in clubs straight from the tape before vanishing into the ether until Hunt dug out a bag of them and went to work in tracking down the release rights.

We should be thankful that he did. The album is a testament to the early underground sound of Chicago. Jacking, Acidic, dark prime quality movers that sound as modern (more so) than anything we’re buying today. It’s a veritable Who’s Who as well, with the likes of Mike Dunn, Virgo 4, Steve Poindexter and other luminaries all covered. This one is no exception.

It’s a dream pairing, really. The influence of Larry Heard and Marshal Jefferson on House music is all but impossible to quantify. I’m not even going to try. I’m not even going to bother about talking about the tune because sometimes, instead of worrying about what you’re going to say, its wiser to stay quiet. Instead, go and soak yourself in one of the deepest, slinkiest pieces of proper deep House you are ever likely to hear, and, when the disco infused sample and the vocal chime into life, just smile and let it wash all over you.

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