There is a Saturday Night Fever building in Chicago these days. That fever has been diagnosed as Nu House and the Dr’s office that can give you the cure is located in clubs like Logan’s East Room on North Milwaukee. If that is too far to go for the cure, you can go get smart over at 3730 Clark St., and head over to The Smartbar. Or maybe you want to go for the full cure and hit up Berlin, under the care of DJ Ariel Zetina. But if you have that fever so bad that you are starting to get the twists and the shouts, you need to hit up the Mayne Stage on W. Morse Ave. to get the check-up of the main Dr. of Nu-House, DJ Matt Warren.One of the longest running House DJ’s and record company entrepreneurs in the business, Warren just happened to release one of the better Nu-House albums of the year. All the songs follow in that grand Chicago House music tradition of being the revenge of Disco music on the unsuspecting public. His single “Get on Up” will fill the bill and will have you sweating on the dance floor. “Music Is My Life” (the title track from this current album he’s released on the Wake Up! Music label), or “Music Es Mi Vida” will not quit until you do. You better be drinking a lot of water too, to stay hydrated. It is going to make your legs sore in the morning.“La Rosa” is one of those deceptively simple songs featuring some live sounding instruments. It has the repetitive 4/4 drumbeat that gets accented by the hit-hat cymbal, and the down home funked-out and up bassline which is all done with a salsa type flair. The thing that really speaks loudest here on this record is the fine production and engineering. Matt Warren does a reimagining of his house classic “Bang the Box” that marries the new technology production sheen with house music ‘s proud history of being analog. Bringing in the analog sound does not date the music like you’d think it would, in fact, it does the exact opposite.
One of the many things I admire most about the DJ’s and indie record companies that have stayed true to the ethos of house music, like Warren does, is that they never followed trends in Dance music. They lead the audience to what house music’s essence is and they never followed the audience to all the different styles of EDM. Matt Warren and the new release, “Music is My Life”, is leading the party like a great DJ does, and the audience is following Matt to his House. It is the brand Nu-House, that analog music and hard work and dedication built, and it looks like it will be a solid party stop for years to come.