The latest in the seemingly never-ending slew of golden-era acid house re-presses to drop in 2017 sees K. Alexi Shelby’s All For Lee-Sah EP brought back from the dead on Derrick May’s Transmat Records. These three tracks all use the classic 303-and-909 formula to good effect. The sexy bounce of the title track has aged particularly well.
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Much needed reissue of this 1989 eternal acid/house/techno classic from Chicago legend K. Alexi (Risque III, Club M.C.M). Now back in print on Derrick May’s legendary, Detroit foundation imprint Transmat. It’s a shame they’ve not used Alan Oldham’s original artwork, but hey, you can’t win ‘em all. K. Alexi has been responsible for many Chicago house classics (see Essence of a Dream, More Than Just a Dance etc.) and there’s three of them on this very record. ‘All For Lee-Sah’ is Alexi in sensual mode with booming drums, 303, and vocals relaying what he wants to do to Lee-Sah, who makes an appearance with chopped android like vocal. ‘My Medusa’ (was included on the Warp 10+1 Influences compilation) is a proper DJ tool that judders and snakes along in true Chicago, percussive style with rattlesnake like drums and a smattering of spitting acid. ‘Vertigo’ is pure acid house magic, beginning with low end 303 that unfurls into zinging and chirping warehouse acid bliss. Producers still try to emulate this raw sound to this day, yet there’s just something about the energy and authenticity of these vintage tracks which is simply untouchable. Anyone interested in the evolution of house and techno should own a copy of this record and now’s a good time because original copies go for top dollar.
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