OG House Icon Junior Sanchez Returns
So far, the 2020s have been marked with returns of nostalgic pop culture icons. Legendary NYC-based house producer Junior Sanchez is no exception! June 23 marks the day that his track “Art O Fact” is shared to the world via Planet E Communications.
“Art O Fact” is a bouncy, violin-heavy club banger that pays homage to Detroit’s unique blend of soulful dance. Coincidentally, the owner of the record of the label in which the song was released happens to be famed Detroit techno pioneer Carl Craig, a close friend of the musician. Although the runtime is approximately eight minutes, it is safe to say that the song will keep us dancing long after it is over!
In addition to the original mix, Art O Fact is an EP that includes three other versions of the song — the Luv4Detroit edit, a reprise, and a shortened version of a runtime of approximately four minutes. The first edit maintains the grooviness of the original but it adds more Detroit soul onto it. The reprise is a slow build-up that amps the level of dramatic string sections and drum beats which leaves us in awe and suspense. In regards to his new work, Sanchez claimed it was created spontaneously while paying tribute to Detroit.
“Art O Fact — was created purely and simply out of creative inspiration. I walked into the studio one morning not really knowing what to do, so I let my inspiration guide me and my inspiration really was Detroit. I thought about that city, what it meant to me and what techno really meant to my heart. I have loved so many records by Carl Craig, DJ ROLANDO, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins, so the result is something really beautiful and organic, and the fact that it’s coming out on Carl Craig’s planet E imprint is such an honor.”
Junior Sanchez’s career began over three decades ago at the tender age of 13 when he began DJing at iconic New York City nightclubs such as Limelight and Club USA. At age 15, he released his first track via house record label Strictly Rhythm. In the midst of his career, he co-founded Da Mongaloids collective which consisted of artists like Daft Punk, Armand van Helden, and LaidbackLuke, all whom have found massive success in their own rights. He also has his own record imprints Cube Recordings and Brobot Records that have seen releases from Felix Da Housecat, Sébastien Léger, and Steve Mac. As well as leaving his unique mark in the underground dance scene, he has collaborated with mainstream artist like Madonna, Ariana Grande, Good Charlotte, and Azealia Banks.
Although he may get older, Sanchez’s music keeps the youthful energy that he became known for. In other words, he is the blueprint for the house scene since his music is timeless and will continue to stand the test of time.
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