Not to be confused with Klang Elektronik’s sister label Playhouse operated by Germany’s Heiko Schäfer or Ata of Robert Johnson fame, Play House Records is an often over-looked Chicago house label from the late eighties. Whilst it was a short-lived project started by Mike Macharello in 1986 and ran for only a further three more years, the label has released what are now considered to be hidden gems of Chicago House music history. Even though ‘House’ loosely defines the label, the back-catalogue contains some incredible cuts of acid, italo and European-electro produced mostly by Macharello and Duane Thamm Jr. Macharello then went on to co-own Circuit nightclub in Chicago until recently this year.
Producing under ‘Hollywood’, ‘Wanted! For Fun’ or just Harvey Harris, the relatively anonymous artist released the only LP for the label entitled ‘Shake the House’ in 1987 before dropping off the radar by the turn of the decade.
A production team consisting of Alexander Friday, Mike Macharello and Duane Thamm Jr released four jackin’ acid house EPs on Play House and the now defunct German label P1 Records.
Deep in House
Another track that sampled First Choice, however Edward Crosby’s driving, percussive take is one of the better attempts at re-working a classic.
In 1989 Macharello decided to launch a sub-label for Play House, Elektro Sounds which only went on to release one EP before both labels became defunct.
Jungle Crew consisted of Duane Thamm Jr and Jungle Jorge who released four EPs between’89-’91.