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Friday, Mar 18 2016 | 06:38
Image: 1576343 Sadar Bahar is surely one of Chicago's best keep secrets. Since he began collecting records in the early 80's, he's built one of the most formidable collections in the world. He and his friends went against the grain, eschewing electronic and techno in favour of hard to find rare groove sounds which they dubbed 'soul in the hole'. "We sought out the deepest hot stuff available and found out that there was so much untapped music. Our search practically took over our lives. Yet, it was a great investment, because our unique collection has given us dominance."
One of the most sought after DJs in the world of soul, funk and disco, Sadar Bahar still spins all over the globe, of course playing "strictly vinyl and vinyl only". Together with Lee Collins he selected 12 tracks for this very special vinyl compilation of 'Soul in the Hole', sure to hit home wherever it's played.

Sadar Bahar: "I was born in Newark, NJ during the late 60's. My family relocated in Chicago in the early 70's. I began my DJ pursuit when I was a child. My mom brought me a set of Technique turntables, and the rest is history. I knew at a very early age that I was destined to pursue a career doing what I loved, creating unique sounds of muzik. Muzik has always been my passion. I always hung around the older "old school" crowd who played house. They would play the game,"What you know about this?". They really influenced my interest and increased my desire to learn more about the unique sound of deep, deep house muzik. Later on some of these same individuals would tell me, "Man, your sounds are too deep for me".

I began my DJ career in the early 80's playing house, deep house and rare disco exclusively. During this time Chicago was filled with DJs who played house and disco sounds. However, I chose a different direction, playing rare, hard- to- find grooves. When some of the best-known, popular DJs whom I admired referred to me as a serious deep house muzik collector, a monster was born. All I wanted to do was visit different record stores. I developed a unquenchable desire to create one of the best collections ever. For many years, I spent most of my time in record shops seeking vintage deep house sounds. I soon realized that while I was out searching for the deepest house muzik, people had practically stopped playing muzik, and instead they were playing beat tracks only. Yet they were referring to these tracks as house songs. This was not "original" house muzik! I then retreated even deeper into house muzik. My partners and I began developing our own unique sound, known as SOUL IN THE HOLE muzik. We sought out the deepest hot stuff available and found out that there was so much untapped muzik. Our search practically took over our lives. Yet, it was a great investment, because our unique collection has given us dominance. We have stayed true to the game of spinning, and avoided the tracks and techno/electronics. For us, it's strictly vinyl and vinyl only.

I thank God for the opportunity to travel the world and share and learn more about this muzik that I love. Muzik lovers are the same all over the world. In many of the countries I have visited there were often language barriers, however, once the muzik began to play, we were able to communicate through our muzik. Muzik really is the universal language."

For Fans of:
Sadar Bahar, Strange Breaks & Mr Thing, Kon & Amir, Deep Funk, Gilles Peterson, Strut Records, Real Music For Real People


A1. Johnny Harris - Odyssey Pt 1
A2. Poetiquette - Soul Melody (Yam Who? Remix)
A3. Maxayn - Bail Out
B1. Seawind - Free
B2. Moses - Striving For Tomorrow
B3. Puzzle People - French Fried Boogie
C1. Sparkles - Trying To Get Over
C2. Carl Grubbs - Scorcher (Instrumental)
D1. Carlos Garnett - Mystery Of Ages
D2. Frédéric Mercier - Spirit

7" single:

E. Calender - Comin' On Strong
F. Chuck Higgins & The Wild Bunch - Funkyfied
Available from 01.04.2016
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