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Exclusive Playlist | Lee Foss Talks About His First Time

Veteran DJ/producer brings down the house with classic cuts that age better than your Freshjive overalls.

Patrick Greenby Patrick Green

Few DJs have had the impact of Lee Foss on the electronic music scene over the past decade, which is why the visionary Chicago DJ, producer, tastemaker, and label boss make the perfect artist to kick of Crave’s new playlist series, The Breaks.

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The Breaks will feature world-class DJ/producers talking about their “first time” and what they played the night they got their “big break.”

“I was booked to open for Dixon in 2004 at Smartbar in Chicago,” says Foss in an email. “That was the first DJ set that gave me any legitimacy locally so I remember it like it was yesterday and I was excited to play with Dixon because the music he’d been making as Wahoo was great. Definitely felt nervous carrying my records in there.”

“Starlit” by DJ T

This was sort of an electro house edit of my mine — hypnotic tango and one of the first songs on Get Physical. It sounded different to me from the funk house that had been dominating the years before that and the boompty house in Chicago.

“Mango Boy” by Magic Potion

Cool little deeper house build-up track. I was obviously opening back then so I needed a lot of different build-up tracks to gradually draw people on the floor. This one was dirty and soulful at the same time and worked like a charm.

“Caught Up” by Metro Area

This is one of Metro Area’s most beautiful songs and also a great opening track to build-up from a slow dance floor and get people listening. Such beautiful detail from some of the best to ever do it.

“He Not In” by Chicken Lips

This song still has one of the all-time massive basslines, and they kind of brought back the analog drum machine at a time when no one was doing it. This record still sounds fresh today.

“2 After 909” by Justus Kohncke

This one was a crazy robot funk jam from a disco-obsessed German that is still one of my favorite tracks. This one picked up the energy well and I needed a lot of funky tools like that back then.

Foss just dropped another excellent single “Till The Light” featuring Infinity Ink, from his highly-anticipated forthcoming debut full-length, Alchemy, which comes out in February 2017.