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Listen Now: Move Your Body With Producer/DJ Karsten Sollors' Midwest Dance Playlist
The Recording Academy's Chicago Chapter is celebrating 60 years of musical excellence this year.
As part of the festivities, they tapped Chicago-based, Canada-born DJ/producer Karsten Sollors to compile a killer playlist of pulsating dance beats from the birthplace of house, Chicago, and techno, Detroit, to celebrate the groovy side of the Midwest. Below, you'll find old-school classics from house and techno legends like Paul Johnson, Marshall Jefferson, Frankie Knuckles, Robert Hood and Cajmere, alongside newer bops from Gorgon City, the Blessed Madonna, Honey Dijon and Moodymann.
"The Midwest is the original home of house music, and it has an incredibly rich history of dance music creation,” Karsten Sollors tells GRAMMY.com via email. "I was absolutely honored when the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy asked me to make selections for this playlist for their 60th anniversary. Here are a few of the artists and tracks I believe have made waves in the past, and are making waves currently in the dance music category from the Midwest. Much love."
For the past 60 years, the Recording Academy's Chicago Chapter has recognized and celebrated the creative accomplishments of our members across the Midwest, fought for their collective rights, and supported them in times of need. We are proud of our legacies and excited to continue looking ahead. Here's to the next 60.