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Podcast 270: Cajmere

Chicago's history is full of house-music legends and innovators, but few figures loom larger than Cajmere (a.k.a. Curtis Jones). While he's perhaps better known these days as Green Velvet, Jones first made his mark as Cajmere, heading up the influential Cajual label and dropping a slew of influential tunes, most notably "The Percolator," which remains a classic floor-filler to this day. Yet the quality Cajual releases didn't stop there, and now, more than two decades after the imprint's founding, the Strut crew has stepped in to commission Only 4 U: The Sound Of Cajmere And Cajual Records 1992 - 2012. The two-disc collection features some of the finest gems from the Cajual catalog, some of which also appear on this exclusive mix Cajmere has put together for the XLR8R podcast series. Digging deep into the vaults of his celebrated label while also making sure to include several more current cuts, Jones keeps the uplifting house vibes flowing wile simultaneously celebrating Cajual's past and present. The songs are raw and the production is stripped down, but the music has an inherent vitality and still sounds great, even after all of these years. As such, we're more than happy to simply sit back and revel in Cajmere working his magic.

01 Mark Grant & Braxton Holmes "Ron Hardy" (Cajual)
02 Cajmere & Gene Farris "Donna's a Flower" (Cajual)
03 Cajmere feat. Derrick Carter "Dream States (Dub)" (Cajual)
04 Jump "Chico" Slamm "Mecca" (Cajual)
05 Johnny Fiasco "Conduction" (Cajual)
06 Glenn Underground "Beyond" (Cajual)
07 Cajmere feat. Dajae "Brighter Days" (Cajual)
08 DJ Sneak "Disco Erotica" (Cajual)
09 Workin' Happily "Feel It (Cajmere Remix)" (Cajual)
10 Gant Garrard "Soul Scenario" (Cajual)
11 Dajae "Get Up Off Me (Cajmere Dub)" (Cajual)
12 Jamie Jones, Cajmere & Russoul "Masterplans" (Cajual)
13 DJ Mes "TK-421" (Cajual)
14 Cajmere & Russoul "Let's Dance" (Cajual)
15 Cajmere "Percolator" (Cajual)
16 Cajmere feat. Walter Philips "Freaks & Stars" (Cajual)
17 Cajmere feat. Terence FM "Feelin' Kinda High" (Cajual)
18 Cajmere "Conflict" (Cajual)
19 Cajmere feat. Jamie Principle "God Sent" (Cajual)

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