Robert Owens – Deep Down (Chocolate Puma Main Mix)


Though electronica has typically been a producer’s medium (and the few vocalists who succeed are usually women), Robert Owens became one of the people associated with the late-’80s golden era of Chicago house. Born in Ohio in 1961, Robert Owens grew up singing in church, but years later, he was working as a DJ in 1985, when he met Chicago producer Larry Heard. The pair formed Fingers Inc., along with Ron Wilson, and they released a few singles (“You’re Mine”/”It’s Over”) plus the 1988 full-length “Another Side”. The group disbanded quickly, as Heard’s burgeoning solo-production career (as Mr. Fingers) took priority.

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Chocolate Puma Featuring Colonel Red – Back Home


Fela Kuti riffs seem all the rage at the moment, although you could justifiably ask when they weren’t. As this is Chocolate Puma we’re talking about however, don’t expect any pretty afro-ethno beats. Do expect the normal Puma attack of big drums, big drops and fast-firing key riffs plus a counter-balancing melodic vocal hook from Colonel Red and a little frisson of the revving motorcycle/geiger counter effect popularised a year or two back. Classic Chocolate Puma, in short.

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