Trax Records’ Rachael Cain Talks House Music’s ‘Enduring, Spiritual’ Quality on the Label’s 35th Anniversary

House music is Midwestern at its core: Forged in defiance of New York’s disco and punk waves, the underground electronic genre first circulated within Chicago’s hip late-1970s DIY circuit. At local dance clubs The Warehouse and The Music Box, early pioneers like producer-DJs Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and Larry Heard (aka Mr. Fingers) spread a gospel of inclusivity and four-on-the-floor beats. The house movement has endured to this day, inspiring a new generation of electronic acts including Daft Punk, Kaskade, Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Kygo. “In my head, I still live in Northbrook and I’m taking the train into the city to…