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DJ / Dance Fri Mar 05 2010

XLR8R releases Chicago City Guide Podcast by Ghetto Division

ghettodivision_podcast.jpgMuch lauded music magazine XLR8R showed our fair city a bit of love yesterday, as it unveiled a representative Chicago City Guide podcast, done by local DJ collective Ghetto Division. XLR8R has long been a well-respected resource for the global DJ community; recognizing groundbreaking artists, while reflecting on present trends in music and culture. Their City Guide is an extension of the publication that takes a close look at the scene in a particular city, and is available online and in apps for iPhone and Android. More for the non-touristy type travelers, the City Guide for Chicago not only lists upcoming events, but old standbys like Gramaphone Records and even some of our more off-kilter local attractions (Museum of Surgical Science, anyone?). XLR8R also shines a light in a city's small niches with regular podcasts showcasing local talent and sound.

Hailing from various South side neighborhoods, Ghetto Division has been garnering attention for their raucous parties; most notably, the Southside Shakedown at the Metro. XLR8R says that their difficult choice of who to represent a city as integral as Chicago was made when Ghetto Division requested to tackle the Chicago City Guide podcast. Moving deftly from classics to their own productions, the comprehensive 90-track 70-minute mix is a veritable history lesson on the home of house. Judging from the comments and the attention for the mix only a day after it's release, it's not hard to agree when XLR8R tweeted that Ghetto Division "murdered" the tall order of defining the Chicago sound — past and future.

The mix is available here for download.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I worked with Ghetto Division on this project.)

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