Test Pressing was very sad to learn of the passing of Paul Johnson this week. He was an undisputed house music legend who defined Chicago's sound during his wildly prolific career. Our thoughts are with his nearest and dearest at this time.
Here's an entirely subjective and non-linear top ten. Thank you for the music Paul.
This EP was better known for 'Feel the Music', a shimmering cut-up of Unlimited Touch that Daft Punk opened their Essential Mix with. 'Tikkle Me' has stood the test of time better in my opinion - hitting the perfect sweet spot between his twisted, slamming tracks and smoother, more soulful side.
Speaking of twisted... Johnson looked to video games for inspiration on this relentless, neck-snapping workout on Djax-Up-Beats. Those drum fills!
After being a massive inspiration to Daft Punk and the 'French Touch' scene, Johnson dropped this cut for Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo's Crydamoure label, beating the French at their own game. A loopy, joyful, filter disco excursion that was massive in UK clubs.
Another hot jam on Peacefrog. Swinging, sultry, spoken word house that still sounds as good today as it did on its release.
Relief was one of the freakiest record labels ever to do it and Johnson rose to the challenge with this totally demented wig-out.
One of many seminal cuts on the wildly influential Dance Mania. Does what it says on the tin.
A groovy disco house remix to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. No-one did it better.
Catchy as heck ghetto house. A genre-defining moment.
Okay, yes, arguably this one became a little annoying over time, but it's an undisputably catchy tune that exposed Paul Johnson to a wider audience and had a massive impact.
First up on the roll call of Teachers. Respect was, is, and will always be due!