Without question, John Curley is one of Chicago's biggest (and busiest) deejays. He honed his thick house mixes as the resident deejay at two legendary Chicago clubs, Shelter and Medusa's. And he's continued to make a name for himself as a co-founder of PURE, Chicago's leading deejay event promotion company.
We asked Curley to predict this summer's biggest club hits, and he was happy to oblige.
"Sure to top all the techno charts, this floor-stormer features production by two of techno's legends. A must-have for any deejays who like their beats rough around the edges."
2. P. Diddy and Deep Dish, "Let's Get Ill"
"The essential tune of the Miami 2003 Winter Music Conference, this one was hand-delivered by Puffy himself to the world's best deejays, all of whom promptly threw it on the decks."
3. Tim Deluxe, "Less Talk, More Action"
"This Crystal Waters-inspired house track has a lick that will stick in your head all summer long."
4. Coldplay, "Clocks" remixes
"A summer anthem indeed, but tough to find. Coldplay's record label refuses to put out any remixes, which never stopped anyone, especially in an age when most deejays with a computer and some creativity are instant remixers. There are easily 10 different versions to choose from, my favorite being the Tom Middleton remix."
5. Justin Timberlake, "Rock Your Body"
"Today's teen idol can make big waves in the dance underground, especially with the help of talented producers. Sander Kleinenberg's mix will find its way onto many deejays' turntables this summer, while the white label remixes are getting rocked across the board by house deejays the world over."
John Curley spins 10 p.m. Fridays at 930 Lounge.
Matt McGuire is the Nightlife and Music Producer for metromix.com.
Originally published May 6, 2003.