Rahaan @ Hustle

Words: JOSH RAY
July 18, 2013

Known to some as the definitive DJ’s DJ, Rahaan began his music career in the house music mecca of Chicago during the late 1980s when he started mixing on a tape deck, throwing parties with long term friends; Afrodesia, Booda and Ameer – known collectively as the Chuck Brothers.


Back by dope demand, RAHAAN YOUNG – one of Chicago’s finest selectors returned to Liverpool this weekend, gracing the Shipping Forecast’s Funktion 1 sound system with the soulful house and disco vibes he has come to be world renowned for. Playing at James Morgan’s retrospective club-night; Hustle for a second time in less than a year, Rahaan transformed the Ship’s Hold into a dirty disco den – reminiscent of the notorious loft parties the Windy City became famous for in the 1980s.



Known to some as the definitive DJ’s DJ, Rahaan began his music career in the house music mecca of Chicago during the late 1980s when he started mixing on a tape deck, throwing parties with long term friends; Afrodesia, Booda and Ameer – known collectively as the Chuck Brothers. After establishing himself in Chicago’s formidable underground scene, Rahaan took a break from the game and moved to Wisconsin where he implemented his supreme crate digging skills, returning to Chicago in 1996 with an extremely dangerous record collection.

Upon returning to the place where it all began, Rahaan further cemented himself in the city’s scene playing out of the Spot with his recently reinforced record collection. Once established, the door opened for him to win guest spots at the Sisterz of Vision and Soul in the Hole club-nights before he secured himself a residency at one of the city’s finest nightclubs – the Buddha Lounge. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t long before the veteran’s love and knowledge of music coupled with his outstanding technical mixing ability propelled him out of Chicago’s underground circuit and onto the international playing field.

Local DJ Rich Furness was handed the daunting duty of warming the Hustle crowd, beginning the boogie in fine style with an on-point selection of funky house beats and disco grooves.

Quick to the point, Rahaan immediately launched into a squelching, acid affair, soon to be complemented by jazz-funk melodies, before blending a disco edit of the Copasetic’s Dance With Me. He was off. Continuing in the same vein, Rahaan seamlessly mixed between house, funk and disco – spinning out tracks from the likes of Light of the World, Kat Mandu, Woman and Cosmic Force.

Things began to get decidedly heavier an hour and a half in, when Rahaan chose to play out some electro house bangers. Though, ensuring not to abandon the boogie, he interspersed these heftier tracks with familiar disco edits and house classics, before finishing his first stint behind the decks with a rumbling, electro chugger.

James Morgan kept the groove rolling when Rahaan stepped down, tracks like the MAW Remix of Nina Simone’s See-Line Woman and MD X Press’ highly influential US garage track God Made Me Phunky were a highlight. After the short interval it was time for Rahaan to return and for the last 15 minutes he filled the room with immense cheer. This outstanding night was concluded with Jill Scott’s rendition of Bill Wither’s feel good classic Lovely Day. Smooth enough.


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