First Listen: GU – Mr Heard (Strictly Jaz Unit)
Unless havin’ spent the last 30 years living in a desert island, the name of Larry Heard should then be familiar to you. A man who, most likely, set up the foundations of Deep House back at the time. Be it under his own name, as Mr Fingers, if not as Fingers Inc. with Robert Owens and Ron Wilson.
Chicago pal Glenn Underground pays a brilliant tribute to Mr Heard as the opening cut to his ‘Savior Of Chicago’ EP. The connection is instant. And I most likely thinking of those stellar keyboards arrangements, somehow reminding of Mr Figers’ ‘Closer’. Here we have an invitation to the transportation of the soul. A deep dive into inner feelings. All in all, the elements GU has accustomed us with for ages already. Therefore makin’ of ‘Mr Heard’ another masterpiece of his. But wait a minute! ‘Savior Of Chicago’ has more on offer than the only ‘Mr Heard’…
Glenn Underground also offers us ‘Battery Acid’ bringing us back to the early days of Acid House, although with a Deep and somewhat trancey feel. Another fascinating trip of his, to saty the least…
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Glenn Underground is the founding member of the Strictly Jaz Unit. He was raised on Disco classics and freeform Jazz in Chicago’s Southside… The place where House music saw the light. Taking inspiration from Chicago’s original pioneers, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy, Lil’ Louis, and the likes, Glenn has produced some of the most well respected Deep House Music tracks one can think of.
His releases for Cajual, Prescription, Guidance and Peacefrog have set the standard for sophisticated Dance music. He is one of the few DJ’s who can walk the line between Deep Jazz/House, Disco-influenced House and the kind of classics featured at the legendary parties of late 70’s Chicago.