122 BPM is the story of how a father and his son changed Chicago’s Dance music scene in the 1980s and went on to take the world by storm, leaving an impression that will last forever with just a couple of 12” releases the world would soon know as House music. Nemiah Mitchell Jr and Vince Lawrence couldn’t have known what their contribution to House music would become. Their story provides the missing Chicago link between soul, disco, new wave and then House, between the radio and club DJs and their audience, between the old generation and the new generation. This is the story of the first House records ever made – long before Trax or DJ International were even dreamt of.
This compilation includes numerous unreleased tracks and beyond hard to find house tracks made in Chicago in the early to late Eighties from the catalogues of Mitchbal Records and Chicago Connection Records.
It is available as a 3 cd set – including a 1 hour exclusive mix from Jerome Derradji – with a 28 pages booklet documenting the story of Mitchbal and Chicago Connection Records and also as a gatefold DLP and an exclusive D12″ featuring the uber rare Frankie Knuckles‘ Unfinished Business – Out Of My Hands remixes along with the original classic disco release by Chicago disco band OMNI .
This what the The LA Times says about 122 BPM : ” Compiled from the vaults of Mitchbal and Chicago Connection records (a father-and-son label combo at the center of the genre’s birth and inspired by Berry Gordy), it’s both an expertly curated historical document and a total party record.”
You can also check a couple of interviews Jerome Derradji did for National Public Radio, or Time Out New York, or Detroit’s Schoolcraftwax to know more about this great release or check the links below to listen to the tracks.
Listen to 122 BPM here.