Earlier this year Strut Records released Ghetto Madness, a collection of material from recently revived Chicago electronic label Dance Mania. Ghetto Madness is Strut’s second compilation of tracks from the label that birthed ghetto house; it follows last year’s Hardcore Traxx, a 24-track release spanning the years 1986 to 1997. The 15 songs on Ghetto Madness are drawn from Dance Mania’s 90s catalog, and the tunes are made by many of the producers whose raunchy and raw dance cuts transformed ghetto house into an underground phenomenon.
Paul Johnson and Victor Parris Mitchell, who helped original Dance Mania owner Ray Barney restart the label in 2013, contribute one song each to Ghetto Madness—”Give Me Ecstasy” and “Ghetto Booty,” respectively. Tomorrow night Johnson, Mitchell, and fellow Dance Mania family member DJ Lil’ Tal will team up to spin at Logan Arcade, so you can get down to ghetto-house classics while battling it out on the ridiculously addictive ten-player arcade game Killer Queen. It’s a free performance and starts at 9 PM; prepare for the evening by listening to a Spotify stream of Ghetto Madness below.