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Detroit techno is a tricky genre, as it spans everything from Model 500 to Kenny Dixon Jr. and I would be hard-pressed to describe either of those artists as 'techno'.
Essentially, check out:
Carl Craig (obvs)
Galaxy 2 Galaxy
Detroit Escalator Company
Anthony 'Shake' Shakir
(Early) Marc Kinchen
Also Kyle Hall is a terrific contemporary talent. Hope this was helpful!
The 14 tracks are ace, but you're right to say completely irrelevant to the query.
Could of sworn I included Model 500.. Alas!
Great producer though
But if it is to understand how it all began Derrick May is definitely the right choice. He was one the best sudents of Juan Atkins "school".
Jeff Mills tresor stuff is brilliant, but not strictly 'Detroit':
great track and one of the earliest Detroit techno recordimgs. Also check out Drexciya for a mid-nineties update, and modern day Omar-S is really rather good.
look it up and thank me later.
Jeff Mills 'Live At The Liquid Room - Tokyo'
Best electronic live album ever (trufax), packed full of Detroit classics (including 'Strings Of Life') and gives you a great understanding of not just what techno is about but how it should be listened to, i.e. in a club.
back in 1996 in club where i live. He was a hellavu quiet bloke, did'nt say much at all really just spun discs while his wife (paris red) danced infront of the dj booth. When he finished his set he just nodded at me to let me know he'd had enough and that i could go back on.
He then just picked up his record boxes and walked out with his wife and minder (at least i think he was a minder, he was big scary and silent) in tow. After about five minutes in the booth i looked down to see he'd left me a pile of white labels he no longer wanted, most of which he'd played that night. Cheers Kev!
My mistake, I thought his wife was the inner city singer. Ah well. And i also get paris red and grey confused as well.
Wasn't amazing or anything, just decent. Was good technically and knew when to drop the right tunes, but as i said nothing great. We had dimitri (from amsterdam) in the month before and he was fucking amazing! A lot more talkative as well.
That's dead awesome!
Very odd that you say Kevin was a quiet chap too, because I was reading this interview with MK this morning and he said exactly the same thing about Kevin
even MK reckons he's quiet so it was'nt just me then, coz the funny thing is he played edinburgh before us and the driver that brought him down said he could hardly get a word in edgeways!!?? Weird!