Chicago House Music Vocalist Kim English Has Died

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The global house music community is mourning the death of legendary Chicago house music singer-songwriter Kim English.

The news of her passing was announced on Nervous Records’ Facebook page. English had recorded steadily for the NYC-based label over the years, including club hits such as “Nite Life” and “I Know A Place.”

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing tonight of Kim English. Kim’s discography includes several songs that are widely recognized as all-time classics in the house music genre. She had a unique ability both through her singing and songwriting talents to inspire people to dance and also celebrate the joys of God and religion. She was a deeply religious and devoted member of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana. While she had many opportunities to travel the globe as a singer, she remained a devoted family member and member of her church, and never allowed herself to be distracted from the path she felt was right for her. More details will be forthcoming tomorrow.”

We’ll have more on this developing story soon.

NYC DJ/Producer Jason Jinx Has Passed Away

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According to reports on social media New York-based DJ/producer Jason Jinx (real name: Jason Zambito) has passed away. The cause of death is not yet known.

Jason established himself as a mainstay on the NYC rave and club scene in the late ’80s/early ’90s.

Having followed his career since the beginning, and interviewed him on several occasions, what always struck me about his artistry — a versatile blend of new- and old-school sounds — is how easily he could navigate between the worlds of house, techno, drum ‘n’ bass, tribal, breakbeat, hip-hop and industrial music with ease.

His first residency was at the famed NASA party at the Shelter. He went on to play at various Big Apple nightspots including The Tunnel and Limelight.

As a producer/remixer he crafted tracks for a length list of labels including Sm:)e, Maxi, Subliminal, Toolroom Trax, Defected, Strictly Rhythm, Groove On, Moody, Subversive, Ovum, and King Street.

Under the moniker Joystick, Jinx has made a lot of noise on the Yoshitoshi label with cuts like “Go Insane,” “Spinnin Around” and the Chelate EP, as well as his remixes of Eddie Amador’s “Rise,” Mysterious People’s “Fly Away” and PQM’s “The Flying Song.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more about Jason’s passing.

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Update, March 10 – 9pm EST: A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Jason’s family pay for funeral arrangements.

Update, March 12 – 7:50 EST: The GoFundMe campaign has topped $18,000.

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GoFundMe Launched to Help Hyperdub Artist Cooly G After Fire Destroys Her Possessions

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A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by Hyperdub boss Steve Goodman (a.k.a. Kode9) to help London-based artist Merrisa Cooly G Campbell. According to  Goodman a fire on December 31, 2018 at Shurgard store on Purley way in Croydon destroyed all of her possessions.

Cooly, a mother of two young children who was between houses at the time and was about to move into a new place, had placed all her things in storage in the building that was burned down.

Adding insult to injury is that her family was in the middle of moving to a new home after their previous residence was lost due to a flood.

In the fire she lost, everything she owned and worked hard to buy including her 2 children’s clothes and collection of exclusive sneakers, studio equipment, her vinyl collection, her books, her children’s toys and games, personal possessions that held sentimental value, TVs, iPads, a video camera, 2 hard drives, 2 bedroom home contents and garden contents furniture – pretty much everything she owned. They are currently living out of a small bag of clothes.

Donations to help Cooly and her family can be made here.