Let’s face it guys, despite its many faults the United States of America is the most important country in history, musically speaking at least. Through the struggles of inner-city youth and disenfranchised African-Americans came the roots of Blues, R&B, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Funk, Disco, Hardcore, Punk, Hip-Hop, and last but not least Techno and House, whose dichotomic influence over the last quarter century of music and western culture cannot be overstated. Let’s take it back to 1991 to talk about Chicago-native Cajmere, AKA Green Velvet, AKA Curtis Allen Jones, considered to be part of the second vanguard of DJs to come out of Chicago after demi-gods Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Frankie Knuckles, and Steve “Silk” Hurley.
Jones was a chemical engineering graduate student at UC-Berkley when he decided halfway through to say “Fuck it” and pursue his dream of becoming a house producer. Through trials and tribulations his dream came true in 1992 with his infectious club hit “Coffee Pot (Time for the Percolator)”. Since then he has consistently been releasing music under Cajmere, his more instrumental leaning moniker Green Velvet, or the numerous collaborations he’s done with the likes of Jaime Jones, Walter Philips, and Russoul. Beyond his impressive caché of tracks he has stayed true to his Chicago roots: an infectious meddling of disco, drum machines and catchy R&B vocals. This formula will never go bad, ever.
Cajmere and Gene Farris – Coconuts
By Laurence ‘Pucho’ Henriquez