Trax Records is a house-music record label based in Chicagoand is considered to be one of the larger two original Chicago house-music labels (the other being D.J. International Records). 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.
Some releases were licensed to Westside Records / Radical Records (and other labels) in Britain, BCM Records in Germany, and Mirakkle Records in France; single releases were licensed to different labels worldwide.
Reborn with the help of Screamin' Rachael, in the new millennium it was a subsidiary of a Canadian corporation called Casablanca Media Acquisitions Inc. New catalog numbers reflect the subsidiary nature of Trax.
In a Chicago Court ruling on June 6, 2008 Trax Records was returned to its orignal owners Rachael Cain and Larry Sherman.
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 to be confused with the Chicago house record label Dust Traxx Records founded by Radoslaw Hawryszczuk in 1997, or 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.
Sublabels: Hiphouzzz Records, Housetime Records, Maad, Macadjous, No Labull Records, Saber Records, Trax UK, Zig-Zag (2), Zoneaphone Records.