The Chicago house icon puts together a chart for Beatport featuring a blend of his own tracks and those of his contemporaries.
DJ Spen has curated a chart for Beatport featuring 20 velvet-smooth soulful house tracks. Boasting a range of productions from artists such as MicFreak, Shaun Escoffery, DJ Strobe and Ron Hall, the playlist also contains a number of cuts from Spen himself. Most notably, he’s included the lead single from his latest album Soulful Storm, which is out now on Spen’s label Quantize Recordings. Finding huge success within the dance music community, the album reached No 1 on Traxsource and was described as “the way to do soulful house properly” by DJ Mag.
Dubbed a “classic house legend” by DJ Mag, DJ Spen kicked off his career in the ’80s working as a radio DJ while making hip-hop productions with the group The Numarx: a trio that would go on to record the enduring classic “Girl You Know It’s True”, later made famous after being covered by Milli Vanilli. The years that followed saw Spen move away from the hip-hop scene, embracing the classic Chicago house sound that would become his trademark, after joining forces with famed production collective The Basement Boys. Recording under the alias Jasper Street Co., Spencer issued his first 12″ through Basement Boys Records in 1995, the high-voltage gospel house track “A Feeling”. This was the first in a massively successful series of releases for the label that brought Spen both commercial and critical success, leading to worldwide recognition as a pioneer of house music. His latest record is out now on Quantize Recordings.