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Trax Records is a house-music record label based in Chicago. It played a major part in the development of house music with records such as Jamie Principle & Frankie Knuckles's "Your Love."

Larry Sherman and Screamin’ Rachael Cain, co-owners and founders of Trax Records, began operations in 1983 by purchasing Musical Products, and Trax Records began in 1984. The label design and initial artist signings were done by Vince Lawrence. The first release was "Wanna Dance/Certainly" by Le Noiz, TX-101 (matrix number 85 indicated the year of release). Trax Records may be best known for inventing the squelchy acid-house sound on tracks like "Dream Girl" and "Acid Tracks." The label was notorious for pressing its 12-inch releases on low-quality vinyl.

Trax was an important outlet for house music in its early days, releasing many classics including "No Way Back" by Adonis, Larry Heard's "Can You Feel It," and the first so-called house anthem in 1986, "Move Your Body" by Marshall Jefferson. This latter tune gave a massive boost to house music, extending recognition of the genre outside of Chicago. In Early 2007, Rachael Cain being the driving force and face of the label—she founded a new record label called Phuture Trax Records, which she currently owns and operates along with her TV show Trax Television. Ms. Cain still owns all her interests in Trax Records along with 100% of the legendary Trax trademark.

Trax Records is not affiliated with the Chicago house record label Dust Traxx Records founded by Radoslaw Hawryszczuk in 1997, nor with Wax Trax! Records, the Chicago record store and industrial-music label that moved from Denver in the late 1970s that was acquired by TVT Records in the 1990s.

In celebration of Trax Records' 25th anniversary under the direction of Jorge Cruz (Trax Records' current Creative Director) there have also been newer releases such a 25th Anniversary mixtape mixed by Joe Smooth, a major re-release of Trax Records catalogue exclusively through bandcamp.



12" singles

TX101 -- Le Noiz "Wanna Dance/Certainly"

TX102 -- Jesse Velez "Girls Out On the Floor"

TX103 -- Le Noiz "I'm Scared/Get Out"

TX104 -- Farley Keith (Jackmaster Funk) "Jack the Bass"

TX105 -- Kevin Irvin "Ride the Rhythm [Remix]"

TX106 -- Farley Keith "Funkin With Drums Again"

TX107 -- Vince Lawrence "Virgo Tracks Again"

TX108 -- Jesse Velez "Super Rhythm Trax"

TX109 -- Ron Hardy "Sensation"

TX110 -- Screamin' Rachel "My Main Man"X

TX111 -- Man Goes Disco "Sensuous Woman"

TX112 -- Adonis "No Way Back"

TX113 -- Sleezy D "I've Lost Control"

TX114 -- Marshall Jefferson "Virgo/Free Yourself/R U Hot Enough"

TX115 -- Fresh Dum Dum "Part Two"

TX116 -- Farley Keith "Give Yourself to Me"

TX117 -- Marshall Jefferson "Move Your Body/House Music Nat'l Anthem"

TX118 -- Master C & J "When You Hold Me"

TX119 -- Sweet D "Thank Ya/Do It"

TX120 -- Adonis "We're Rockin Down the House"

TX121 -- On the House "Ride the Rhythm [Original]"

TX122 -- Willie Wonka: "What is House"

TX123 -- Radio Fashion "You Get What You Deserve"

TX124 -- Farm Boy: "Jackin’ Me Around"

TX125 -- Fat Albert "Beat Me Til I Jack"

TX126 -- Santos "Work the Box"

TX127 -- Mr. Fingers: "Can U Feel It/Washing Machine"

TX128 -- Sampson “Butch” Moore: "House Beat Box"

TX129 -- Jungle Wonz: "The Jungle"

TX130 -- Boris Badenough: "Hey, Rocky" (Artist was actually Dean Anderson though often miscredited as Frankie Knuckles.)

TX131 -- Lidell Townsell: "Party People"

TX132 -- Robert Owens: "Bringin’ Down the Wall"

TX133 -- Terry Baldwin: "Housemaster"

TX134 -- Two House People: "Move My Body"

TX135 -- Jungle Wonz: "Time Marches On"

TX136 -- On the House: "Give Me Back the Love"

TX137 -- Mr. Lee "I Can't Forget"

TX138 -- Mystery "Mystery Girl"

TX139 -- Eric Bell "Your Love"

TX140 -- Mr. Lee "Came to House"

TX141 -- William S "I'll Never Let You Go"

TX142 -- Phuture: "Acid Tracks"

TX144 -- Dalis "Rock Steady"

TX145 -- Kevin Irving "Children of the Night"

TX146 -- Two of a Kind "Somewhere in West Hell"

TX147 -- Pleasure Zone "Charley/House Nation"

TX148 -- Dr. Derelict "Doctor"

TX149 -- Dean Anderson "Don't Stop/Don't Dub"

TX150 -- Frankie Knuckles Presents "Baby Wants to Ride/Your Love"

TX151 -- Frankie Knuckles Presents "It's a Cold World"

TX152 -- Hercules "Lost in the Groove"

TX153 -- Dancer "Am a Dog/Boom Boom"

TX154 -- Evie "Stay the Night"

TX155 -- Rich Martinez "Are You Ready"

TX156 -- Mr. Lee "House this House"

TX157 -- Pierre's Phantasy Club "Got the Bug"

TX158 -- Lidell Townsell "Get the Hole"

TX159 -- Curtis McClaine "Let's Get Busy"

TX160 -- Dancer "Number Nine"

TX164 -- Pleasure Zone "Fantasy/I Can't Understand"

TX165 -- Phuture "We Are Phuture EP"

TX166 -- Mr. Lee "Pump Up Chicago/London/New York"

TX167 -- Donald Rush "Knockin at my Door"

TX168 -- Mike Wilson "Hit Tracks III"

TX169 -- Maurice Joshua "I Gotta Big Dick/This is Acid"

TX170 -- Lidell Townsell "Jack the House EP"

TX171 -- Mr. Lee - "Acid Fantaslee"

TX172 -- Farley Keith "As Always [Ricky Dillard]"

TX173 -- K.G.B. "Respect Rap"

TX174 -- Kool Rock Steady "Power Move"

TX175 -- Virgo Four "Virgo Vol. 4/Do You Know Who You Are"

TX176 -- M.E. "M.E. EP [Deep House]"

TX177 -- Grand and Dezz "You're Too Good"

TX178 -- Scamara "Kisses Never Lie"

TX179 -- J.R. "It's About House"

TX180 -- Samurai Sam "House Japanese"

TX182 -- Kamia "Take Me I'm Yours"

TX184 -- Maurice "Get Into the Dance"

TX185 -- Kipetotec "Sex Sells"

TX187 -- Gotham City "Bat Trax"

TX190 -- Streetlife "Streetlife/I Will Survive"

TX191 -- MTS & RTT "Native House"

TX192 -- Streetlife "Glow of Love"

TX193 -- Streetlife "Tearin Down the Walls"

TX194 -- Marshall Jefferson "Move Your Body '90"

TX195 -- Yvonne Gage "Bad Girls/Heartbreak Hotel"

TX196 -- M.E. feat. Yvonne Gage "Winter Days/Summer"

TX197 -- Humanoid "Slam"

TX198 -- Bart Starr "Way To Go Homer" - written by Jesse Saunders

TX199 -- Ralph Rosario "Running Away"

TX200 -- Over 2 U "Force of Habit"

TX201 -- Humanoid "Crystal (Back Together)/The Deep"

TX202 -- Lidell & The People "Another Lover"

TX203 -- Bazz "Very Well"

TX204 -- The Music Factory "It's Getting Late"

TX205 -- Kevin Irving "Puppet/About That Time"

TX301 -- Fast Eddie "Yeah Yeah Yeah"

TX302 -- Black Man "Beat that Bitch with a Bat"

TX303 -- Johnny Fiasco "Iz U Iz Or Iz You Ain't My Baby"

TX304 -- Farley "Love Can't Turn Around/House Nation"

TX305 -- Fast Eddie "No Other Love"

TX306 -- Joe Smooth "Untitled"

TX307 -- ???

TX309 -- ???

TX308 -- Amber (Joe Smooth) "A Matter of Time"

TX310 -- K. Kool (K. Alexi) "Hot Swing/Hot Summer Swing"

TX311 -- The Fusion EP

TX312 -- ???

TX313 -- United Freaks of America "Get Up Off Your Ass"

TX314 -- Hercules "Streetfighter"

TX315 -- Jungle Wonz "Bird in a Gilded Cage"

TX316 -- Ramovia "Your Love"

TX317 -- Pound "Move Yo' Body Again"

TX404 -- Adonis "Basement Jazz Remixes"

TX417 -- David Chong "There is no place / Our Last Chance"

TX418 -- Hydraulic Funk "Flash Light/Godzilla/Godzilla Rap (Feat. Afrika Bambaataa & M.C. G.L.O.B.E.)"

TX419 -- Dave Robertson "Liquidity & Warmth/Loss of a Love"

TX420 -- Maurice "Desires"

TX421 -- Frankie Knuckles "Waiting on my Angel" (2002)

TX467 -- Various Artists "Best of Movi' Record Vol. 1"

TX468 -- David Chong "Auto Ed"

TX476 -- Mr. Fingers "The complete can you feel i(Martin Luther King RX)"

TX486 -- Screamin' Rachel "Don't make me lonely"

LPs and EPs

TX107/114 -- Virgo Tracks Again/Virgo "Free Yourself"

TX5001 -- Various: “Chicago Trax Volume 1”

TX5003 -- Various "Acid Trax Volume 1"

TX5004 -- Various "Acid Trax Volume 2"

TX5005 -- Steve Poindexter Featuring "Short Circuit"

TX5007 -- Various "Acid Trax Volume 3"

TX5016 -- Armando Presents the New World Order

TX5017 -- Acid Wash - Written by J. Lopez

TX5018 -- Lost Trax - Previously unreleased tracks by Mr. Fingers

TX5019 -- K. Kool (K. Alexi) "Trick Tracks"

TX5020 -- Phuture "Lost Tracks featuring 'Men on Film'"

TX5021 -- Ralph Rosario's Greatest Hits

TX5022DP -- Joey Beltram Presents "Dance Generator" (Double pack)

TX5023 -- XXX Tracks

TX5024 -- Armando "The New World Order Level 3"

TX5025 -- Kaay Alexi Shelby & Brazil '

TX5027 -- The Beltram Re-releases 1989-1991

TX5032 -- Armando Presents the New World Order 4 94

TX5033 -- Steve Stoll "Octaves"

TX5034 -- Frankie Bones "Bone Up!"

TX5035 -- Steve Stoll "FM"

TX5036 -- ???

TX5037 -- ???

TX5038 -- ???

TX5039 -- ???

TX5040 -- ???

TX5041 -- Acid Trax IV (1996)

TX5042 -- ???

TX5043 -- ???

TX5044 -- ???

TX5045 -- DJ Rush "Klub Kidz" (1996)

TX5085DP -- "Anyone Can Dance" by Crystal Distortion (Double Pack)

TX5086DP -- "Contaminated 2G" by Gene Hunt (Double Pack)

TX2007 -- "In The Beginning (Nic Sarno Remake) by Nic Sarno

TX4563 -- "Freaks" by Sir Nenis

TX1971 -- "The Flow" by Nic Sarno

TX1360 -- "Every Night I Say A Prayer" by Little Boots

TX10092011 -- "Don't Stop" by Sir Nenis & Roby Howler

TX082603 -- "Purple Mountains Majestic" by Sir Nenis & Marked Man

CDs and Compilations

CDTX5001 -- "20th Anniversary Collection" by Various Artists

CDTX5002 -- "Next Generation" by Various Artists (2004)

CDTX5003 -- "Acid Classics" by Various Artists (2004)

CDTX5004 -- "Queer Trax —Coming in loud and queer" by Various Artists (2004)

CDTX5005 -- "Rarities & B-Sides" by Various Artists (2004)

CDTX5006 -- "Extacy" by Screamin' Rachael (2004)

CDTX5010 -- "Twilight Trax" by Various Artists (2005)

CDTX5011 -- "Trax Classix" by Armando (2005)

CDTX5013 -- "Trax Classix" by Joey Beltram (2005)

CDTX5016 -- "Trax Classix" by Phuture and DJ Pierre (2005)

TX9725 -- "Trax Records: The 25th Anniversary Collection" by Various Artists (2011)

TX062810 -- "SUMMERTRAX" by Various Artists (2012)

TX062003 -- "Screamin' Rachael: Queen of House" by Screamin' Rachael (2013)

TRX UK CD001 -- "The House that Trax Built" by trax Records 1996

See also

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