Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

No. 33 / 1994

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We all love our techno, especially those hidden gems form the early 90s.  And not just the Detroit and Chicago varietals, but especially those vintage blends from the UK (I believe I made this mix just so I could include LFO’s ‘Syndrome’ on it).  Techno was branded as ‘intelligent’ back then, and who can deny that about Carl Craig, Mr. Fingers or The Black Dog?!  But as they say, they just don’t make music like they used to.  Sad but true.  So here for your enjoyment, a 90 min atypical-techno excursion, so aptly titled after what was my thirty-third ‘meltdown’ series endeavor.

No. 33

SIDE 1
1. Wiwanyag Wachipi – I Don’t Want You (I Don’t Need You)
2. System 7 – Sirenes (Carl Craig Remix)
3. Psyche – From Beyond
4. Kenny Larkin – Catatonic (Stacey Pullen Remix)
5. Ghetto Brothers – Musik (FX Mix)
6. …..
7. LFO – Syndrome
8. …..
9. …..
10. M-D-Emm – Get Acidic
11. Mr. Fingers – Slam Dance
12. …..

SIDE 2
1. …..
2. BFC – Evolution
3. Kenny Larkin – Catatonic (Carl Craig Remix)
4. …..
5. …..
6. Heychild – Heychild’s Theme
7. LFO – Nurture
8. …..
9. …..
10. Rhythim Is Rhythim – Icon
11. Sterac – Sitting On Clouds
12. I.A.O. – Clan (Mongol Hordes)

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11 2010

Change & Transformation / 1994

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Back in 1993, before the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and Movement there was World Party; a mega-event at the Joe Lewis arena in downtown Detroit in which the AAC collective were most lucky to participate.  It featured possibly the most legendary Detroit line-up one could ever hope for: Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin, Inner City live, D Wynn…  Unfortunately it was not well organized, well equipped or well attended.  But whatever energy World Party lacked, the after-party certainly made up for it (D Wynn definitely stole the show).  This entire experience, beginning to end, was resuscitated and resurrected, becoming this very mix I present before you.

For your listening pleasure, as side 1 begins with the haunting blips and bleeps of Model 500, just imagine standing in the cavernous lobby at the ‘ambient stage’ (two tables in front of some vinyl covered booths next to the soda and popcorn vendors) with Richie Hawtin on one side, Mike Huckaby on the other, and you will be instantly transported to the original Detroit Electronic Music Festival.  Enjoy!

Change & Transformation

SIDE 1
1. Model 500 – The Passage
2. …….
3. …….
4. Fugue – Interlagos
5. Tomas – Mind Song
6. …….
7. The Higher Intelligence Agency – Selenite
8. GAK – GAK 1
9. Speedy J – The FUN Equations
10. The Black Dog – Tactile
11. Kenny Larkin – Colonize
12. Paperclip People – Remake

SIDE 2
1. Kenny Larkin – Track
2. …….
3. …….
4. …….
5. Richard H. Kirk
6. …….
7. Esser’ay – Forces (Carl Craig’s Mix)
8. …….
9. Robert Hood – Rhythm
10. …….
11. The Black Dog – Erb

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05 2010

Eve ryd ayl if e / 1995

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What can I say about this mix.  It’s out there…  One of my personal favorites.  It belongs to the quadrilogy of mixes which include A La Peanut Budder Sandwiches, Star, and The Golden Age.  All in all, this is a very eclectic collection of electronica with hats off to Detroit/Chicago artists and the many whom they inspired.  One side ends with the ambient ramblings of The Black Dog and Air Liquide (a nod to the 70s psychedelic band Brainticket) and the other with the blurred d&b/downtempo echos of Subsurfing and Attica Blues.  You’ll start on planet Earth and end up on a space trip.  So sit back and enjoy the journey!

Eve ryd ayl if e

SIDE 1
1. Robert Fripp – Preface
2. Phenomyna – Travellor
3. State Of Flux – New Lanark
4. The Black Dog – Chase The Manhattan
5. Reese – The Heavens (Mayday Mix)
6. Kenny Larkin – Java
7. Quazar – The Treasure
8. Tru Funk – 4AM
9. Move D – Eastman
10. Dr. Timothy Leary Meets The Grid – Origins Of Dance
11. Infiniti – Think Quick
12. Walker – Untitled
13. The Gherkin Jerks – Strange Creatures
14. Balil – Island
15. Air Liquide – Liquid Air

SIDE 2
1. Legion Of Green Men – Time Tunnel/Eternal Opuscule #78
2. Ross 154 – Mayflower
3. No Smoke – Ra Ra…East Of Eden
4. William S – I’ll Never Let You Go
5. Romanthony – Wanderer (CD Remix #9)
6. Ultramarine – Skyclad
7. Sapien – Amor Negro (Rockers Blackheart Mix)
8. Bogus Order – Zen Africa
9. David Alvarado – Can You…
10. A Man Called Adam – Little Mrs. Pepperpot (Pt. 2 & 3)
11. Mark Broom – Mile End
12. St. Germain-en-Laye – Dub Experience
13. Subsurfing – The Number Readers
14. Attica Blues – Contemplating Jazz

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02 2010

Star / 1995

Star

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Here we have Star from 1995, the third mix tape from a series of four (the other three being Eve ryd ayl if e, The Golden Age, and A La Peanut Budder Sandwiches).  A lot of mixes were either on 60 or 90 minute cassettes before this era, but some of us decided to super-size it and give the boys n girls 100.  And in those extra minutes I’ve squeezed in some favorites (I just noticed that both sides end with Carl Craig and Masters at Work productions!).  So enjoy the extra 10 minutes of star dusted (and remastered) musics.

Star

SIDE 1
1. D*Note – The Garden of Earthly Delights
2. Ron Trent – Tribal Affair
3. Daniel Wang – Not Feeling It
4. Johnny Fiasco – Funkies Funk
5. Earth People – Reach Up To Mars
6. Beach Flea – Stegosaurus
7. Chris & Derrick – Am
8. Nuages – Move
9. Baby Ford – Ford Trax
10. Beach Flea – Jerky Turkey
11. Trique – Jazz The Sea Turtle
12. Modal – Woke Up
13. Sade – Shelter Me
14. Lou2 – Freaky
15. 69 – Sub Seducer
16. Saint Etienne – Nothing Can Stop Us

SIDE 2
1. Romanthony – Ministry Of Love
2. F-Action – Closer
3. Jark/Prongo – Bad Beat
4. Trancesetters – None Of The Above
5. Purveyors of Fine Funk – They Are Among Us
6. Neal Howard – To Be Or Not To Be
7. Derrick Carter – Feel Love
8. Al Mack – The Village Of Vanguards
9. Joshua – Worry No More
10. The Foot Club – Driftwood
11. Basco – Ckkel
12. Mind Control Music – M.C.M.
13. Boo Williams – Blast Off
14. Shake & Claude Young
15. Mister Monday – Future Present
16. The Brand New Heavies – Close To You

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11 2009

Sunshower / 2000

Sunshower

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Here is the mid-tempo Sunshower mix with original artwork.  And yes, the title was indeed inspired by Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band.  I believe I did this one in Colette’s basement in Chicago.  This was an exercise in keeping the pace at a casual jaunt, using rich textures, colorful instrumentation, and having a ‘Sunday afternoon in the park’ mood.  It’s one of those projects I felt turned out quite well from start to finish.  So enjoy a little Sunshower one sunny afternoon – bask yourself in its rays, soak it up, drink it in…Enjoy!

Sunshower

SIDE 1
1. Solaris Heights – Fusique Subfusion
2. Karma – High Priestess (King Britt Mix)
3. Moodyman – Black Mahogany
4. Chris Simmons – All Souled Out
5. Kevin McKay – Don’t Turn Your Back On Me
6. Alex Kid – Esmeralda
7. Dub Tribe – What You Feel In Your Heart
8. Iz & Diz – What We Need
9. A Man Called Adam – All My Favorite People
10. Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt

SIDE 2
1. YMC – Last Stop
2. Al Royale – Giddy Heights
3. Crazy Penis – Starwar
4. Demon – Lil’ Fuck (Etienne de Crecy Mix)
5. Blue Six – Music And Wine
6. Paul Jays – Highly Superstitious
7. Sunday Brunch – Midsummer Day
8. Oscar – Respect To The Old School
9. Joshua – The Breeze
10. Crazy Penis – Smoothin Groovin
11. Andres – Come Join The Party

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09 2009

Done And Done / 1995

done and done

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Exuding a sunny disco-inspired temperament, this is a Summertime favorite of mine. It captures the sumptuous mid-90s creations of the likes of Moodyman, Carl Craig, Masters At Work, Theo Parrish, and Rob Mello. Many speculated that the title inferred my retirement as a DJ. Maybe it was simply a cheeky Simpsons reference… Whichever the case, it’s here remastered for everyone to revisit and enjoy.

Done And Done

SIDE 1
1. Nature Boys – Awake (Batamania Mix)
2. Kingdom Come – Jungle Bliss
3. Aqua Bassino – Wanna Dance
4. Mike Delgado – My State Of Mind
5. Brand New Heavies – Close To You (MAW Mood Dub)
6. Jonny L – This Time (Carl Craig Mix)
7. Johnny D & Nicky P – Twice Loved (Henry St. Anthem)
8. Fresh & Low – Interlude
9. Clatterbox
10. …
11. JohNick – Tales Of Jerry Morbid
12. Atlantic Fusion – Don’t Fail Me Now
13. Nyles Arrington – Flute Song
14. Blaze – Funky Music
15. Braxton Holmes – O Sometimes
16. Flexitone – The Pulse Of Evolution

SIDE 2
1. Ratcliffe – Back To The City
2. Disco Elements – So Warm Inside (I’m Burning Up)
3. Norma Jean Bell – I Like The Things You Do For Me (Moodyman Mix)
4. Jump Cutz
5. GU – Take Me Back
6. Theo Parrish – Lake Shore Drive
7. Jump Cutz
8. Nick Jones
9. Kenny Dixon Jr. – Don’t You Want My Love
10. DJ Food – Peace
11. …
12. AWeX – It’s Our Future (Blake Baxter’s House Mix)
13. Prince – Erotic City
14. Mood II Swing – Function

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07 2009

Material Sound / 1996

Material Sound

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Here is a mix from 1996 made in honor of our Material party at Shelter.  The original line-up consisted of residents Josh Werner, Scott Song and myself, with promoters Erick Urenn and Colette. I left Chicago in 1995, but the night continued on having a healthy lifespan with many other resident DJs, migrating to various other clubs, remaining a mainstay in Chicago for many years. This mix is an homage to those good times at Shelter which we will always think of fondly… Enjoy!

Material Sound

SIDE 1
1. Aquarhythms – Bodyjazz Bodyfusion (Carl Craig Experience)
2. Long Ago – A Relic
3. Too Funk – Venus Fly Trap (Derrick Carter Remix)
4. Honey Drop
5. Precession – Sandcastle (Mike Huckaby Remix)
6. Cheap Knob Gags
7. Random Access – The Mountain Top
8. Comanche Park – Crucify (Mood II Swing Dub Mix)
9. Mood II Swing – Move Me
10. BFC – Evolution
11. Hot Lizard – The Theme
12. Inner City – Do Ya (Chez D Trent Mix)
13. Alton Miller – Flora’s Groove
14. Cajmere – Lookin’ For A Man

SIDE 2
1. Free Energy – More
2. Unknown…
3. David Chong – Interplanetary Discodancing
4. Tafuri – Was That All It Was? (Dub Retraction)
5. Kevin Yost – It’s Getting Bigger
6. DJ Rasoul And McCarthy – Excursions
7. Rene Et Gaston – Merluche Ideale
8. Baruka – Play It Loud
9. i:cube – Disco Cubizm
10. Travis Nelson – The Heights
11. Moraes feat. Peacemakers – For Love And Peace (For the Bar Heads (Sunset Mix))
12. The Reese Project – I Believe (Mike “Hit Man” Wilson 12″ Version)
13. CVO – Party Time

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06 2009