The Junk Club project are set to start a series of warehouse parties in London beginning on 24th of April, starring Parisian Shonky, Zombie Soundsystem’s Shane Watcha, Tim Sheridan of Veryverywrongindeed fame, and Chicago’s DJ Sneak. Renowned for fusing Latin influences with a deep Chicago sound (and not averse to dropping the odd pop record) Sneak suffered a brief blip when house music fell into the shadow of electroclash during the noughties, however he’s back on form and on a mission to revitalise his beloved house – check out the ‘Keep House Alive’ rant on his MySpace. For the uninitiated, here’s the lowdown on one of the finest DJs/producers/remixers to hail from the Windy City.

Who is he? Carlos Sosa, born in Puerto Rico, 1969.
Why the name “Sneak”? Sneak was his tag when he was a graffiti artist.
Genre: Chicago House, part of the “Second Wave” of influential DJs/producers alongside Derrick Carter and Cajmere.
Influences: Farley Jackmaster Funk, Marshall Jefferson.
Discovered by: Curtis Jones, aka Green Velvet aka Cajmere in 1994. The two met while Sneak was working at Gramaphone Records in Chicago. Thanks to releases on Cajmere’s Cajual and Relief Records labels, Sneak gained a new international audience.
Essential tracks: Funky Enuff, 1994, You Can’t Hide From Your Bud, 1997, Fix My Sink, 2003. He also co-wrote Daft Punk’s UK top 20 hit Digital Love in 2001.
Indispensable equipment: Apple Mac, Cubase, analogue equipment.
Labels: Magnetic, Oomph.
A&R duties: Mark Farina, DJ Heather.
Who has he influenced? Artists as diverse as Basement Jaxx, Daft Punk and Armand Van Helden have professed their admiration. Sneak pioneered the filtered disco sound – essentially putting old disco samples through a filter and looping. What began as a clever homage to disco became a common trademark for mainstream acts such as Bob Sinclar and dare we say it, Modjo.
Other activities: Now based in Toronto, Sneak opened a record store in 1995 called ‘Sneak Beats’, devoted to underground house music, but it closed in 2005. He also co-owns a nail salon.
Catch him at: Junk Department 01 at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2 3P on Sunday 24th April. 10 pm – 6 am, tickets are £15 – £20 from Resident Advisor.

Listen: DJ Sneak – Funky Enuff – Funkadelik Relic – 1994 – Chicago House Gangsta

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