Playing tracks by
MAUSER, Harmony Funk, Daryl Cura, Kyle Hall, Floating Points and more.
The ghosts of Chicago’s past as house music’s birthplace cast long shadows over the Windy City, focusing many minds on what once happened here instead of what’s to come. Hakim Murphy is one of few newer Chicago producers whose many talents and ambitions shine through historical preoccupations. The Chicago native began his musical career back in '96 by DJing around town while boning up on the fundamentals of production, opting to refine his skills until 2005 rather than rush to release. Listening to his records for Planet Detroit, Metamorphic Recordings and his own Machining Dreams and Synapsis Records labels, it’s clear this was time well spent. Murphy’s ear for talent should not go unmentioned, having scooped up tracks from relative unknowns like Avondale Music Society, Mauser and G. Marcell that are too good to remain unsung. He contributed LWE’s 60th exclusive podcast, more than an hour of sweat-inducing house and techno marbled with exceptional unreleased material from his labels.