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Detroit and its Techno legacy

Take a look at this nice video on RA’s Real Scene section about Detroit, MI.

 

Detroit nowadays has a lot of unemployment problems and looks like an abandoned city: economy collapsed and buildings are falling apart, in 2013 Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.

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There was a time when Detroit was a florid huge automobile production centre (GM, Chrysler, and Ford)  and lots of people migrated to the city and the suburbs to work, black people especially. But what I want to talk about Detroit  is something more important: it’s called TECHNO.

Detroit is the city where techno was born from the mind and the fingers of some eclectic youngsters and their enthusiastic friends, it was the place where in the early 80s the Electrifying Mojo would use the airwaves to spread the new language, it was a place where you could go and dance your ass off in abandoned buildings or improvised clubs with a new dark and synthethic sound. This was not Chicago with its House funky beats, not even New York and its Disco shit. Detroit was cold, decaying, racially instable, poor, post industrial and dark.

Detroit music scene was always one step ahead of anywhere else. Not only because of Techno, it was also the place where a lot of Northern Soul music was produced, home for the Motown and for Thelma Records, Groove City Records, Ge Ge Records, D-Town, Carla Records and many many more.

The conjunction for the birth of techno may relies here: a strong northern soul/funk legacy fused with popular Chicago House mixed up with sci-fi and Futuristic imaginery, Acid House  and post industrial rage.

This is what I think made Detroit techno producers so unique: the ability to groove and to catch your soul.

 

 

there is a splendid documentary called High-Tech Soul to watch if you want to learn about the details of how everything came up togheter from the famous Belleville three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson) and how they needed to move to Europe (England) to legitimete themselves.

 

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The list of Techno producers active in Detroit is long and includes names like Octave One, AUX88, Carl Cox, Drexciya, Eddie Fowlkes, Mike “Mad” Banks, Moodyman, Theo Parrish, Robert Hood, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Kenny Larkin, Kevin Saunderson, Orlando Voorn.… do you get it? all the gotha of Techno is somehow related to Detroit.

 

I leave you with this masterpiece by Robert Hood, to me one of the best Detroiter technohead still around.

 

 

 

 

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We are Further Pushers and this is our debut.

Few months ago I met Simone, a local dj known as Cutter, a nice and distinguished guy with a cutting sense of humour I talked to many times at the glorious Glucose techno night in Rome.
We decided to get togheter producing some tracks and we quickly discovered we were a perfect match, we could produce music easily and we were really excited about what we produced.
Further Pushers were born!
We compiled a demo and contacted three labels we thought could be interested in. We got no reply and we decided to print the vinyls ourselves. FUCK YEAH!

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We first mixed the three tracks we choose to release at Subsound Studio in Rome with the help of Luciano Lamanna a really talented and enthusiastic guy who was really impressed by our work. We mastered the tracks at Andrea Merlini’s studio (one of the best mastering technician in Rome and also part of the famous Minimal Rome crew) cause we decided to keep it local.
Everything went so fast and we were ready to send the files to the printing factory. We decided to print only 150 copies cause we didn’t know how actually the game worked so we kept it kinda low profile.
Then Luciano Lamanna got us into his label/collective called Love Blast and we were happy to be part of a local community with friends and skilled producers.

Now the vinyl is out and we are so fracking excited.
(the digital will be also released on the 14th on every major digital music stores)

Some technical info about the records.
We recorded the tracks jamming on our cheap synths and drum machines: we used a MC303 , a MC505, a MFB522, a Yamaha TG33, an drrum machine called Eko Ritmo20 and some pedals fx like the Ibanez Tube Screamer and the Memory Boy. Plus we used some field recordings.

The photo of the cover is from Fernanda Veron and the artwork is by Matteo Bruno

we set up a Facebook page were you can keep up with us and everything related to Further Pushers.

you can also join us on Souncloud.

thanks for reading and for joining us on this new adventure and please take your time to listen to the tracks.

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Delroy Edwards please help us! we need to start the weekend.

When Edwards moved from LA to New York City he met with Ron Morelli, founder of Long Island Electrical Systems (L.I.E.S.), and togheter they worked at A1 Records. they must have shared same taste and ideas about techno and house music and the same vision of lofi machine driven bangers.

He is native from Los Angeles and produces jacky house, with elements of ’80s electro, acid, ghetto house, and the first iterations of Detroit techno – this is straight from the XLR8R page where you can download his podcast as well 😉

this is the single from “for club use only” 15th releases for L.I.E.S. and released on 2012

this other ep features Edwards teaming up with british FunkinEven. great “ohmyohmy..” track with lots of distorted claps and a solid bouncing bass line.
the ep was released in 2013 for Apron Records

so… now we can start the weekend.

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“Expectations in music are a dangerous road to take”. The music of DVS1

“Expectations in music are a dangerous road to take. You can’t expect anything from this and just do it because you truly love it and get something from playing. I’ve dedicated my entire life to this. I can’t even begin to count the hours, days, years etc…that I’ve spent in search of the beat and rhythm I speak about. I’ve missed holidays, missed birthdays, missed social interaction with people in the normal setting of life all for music. I’m not complaining, on the other hand, I’m just stating the truth, that this takes real dedication. If you give this much to something, it’s bound to give back to you. ” DVS1 for Once Was Now blog.

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I am going to catch Zak, aka DVS1 (Devious One) next monday night at AURORA Festival. I will be very happy cause he’s one of my fav artist around.

Long story short: Zak aka DVS1 comes from Minneapolis, midwest US, the city of Prince but also land of grain and agricolture. He gets popular in Europe and worldwide few years ago (around 2009) thanks to Ben Klock and Derrick May. They were the first to releases DVS1 own production on Transmat and Klockworks. Zak has been djing in the underground for years that’s why he owns a huge vinyls collection (more than 10.000 units) and this is why he is so solid, not a parvenue but a very dedicated pro.
He’s the perfect example of contemporary techno artist: both skilled dj and top producer. He likes deep vibes and rough attitude in music. His own tracks are very consistent adding microvariations over arpeggios and a swingy groove with deep basses and a detroitish approach. You can call it detroit techno or deep techno, but to me there is a lot in his music coming from the early NY acid techno. Filters opening up or modulating, his leads never stay still. This is what I like of DVS1’s music: you get energy, deepness and elegance all in one.

this track is called “Confused” and was released On Klockworks in 2011.

and this is a video of DVS1 in action so to get the vibes of Minneapolis gigs and techno scene and to see him at the decks. I think this is brutal 🙂

and this is still DVS1 playing at Scala in London. fancy venue and deep vibes.

for more info:
HUSH’s Bandacamp.
DVS1 discography at Discogs

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Gabe DM – Italiansgroove radioshow #23

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I am happy to share with you the podcast I did for Italiansgroove radioshow.

Since I got robbed recently of my dj equipments I had to record it on Ableton Live, it was a real pain in the ass, maybe cause it was the first time I approach a dj session this way. I felt I was totally loosing the live djing feel in favour of a structured recording session. I did mapped the filters and eqs on my controller but still couldn’t get the fun I use to have while djing in real time.

I think I will have to find a different approach to live mixes in the future. if you have any advice go ahead and tell me 🙂

In the tracklist you will find tracks from producer I admire, friends and new discoveries, plus many of my recent tracks (of course eheheh).

Have a spin and share it if you like, don’t forget to thank the ppl who produce such beautiful tracks that are out there for us to enjoy.

tracklist:
1. Zadig – Dark Nebula (Kenny Larkin Remix)
2. Robert Hood – Drive (The Age Of Automation) (Ø [Phase] Nocturnal Mix)
3. Psyk – Transito
4. Gabe DM – Stolidity
5. CS 01 – B1 (Vinyl only)
6. Korova – Martello (Giulio Maresca remix)
7. Gabe DM – Bankruptcy Showbiz
8. Ken Ishii – EXTRA
9. Wax – 50005
10. Raffaele Attanasio – Black Bloc (Manzel Version)
11. Unbalance – Untitled 1
12. Jamie Guerkin – Monophobie (Gabe DM remix)
13. Steve Rachmad – Fruit Of The Room
14. Savas Pascalidis – Sonic Groove (Skudge Rework)
15. O/V/R – Post-Traumatic Son (DVS1 Pessimist Mix)
16. Miriam Macrì – Bye Bye Mademoiselle (Gabe DM remix)
17. Shifted – Sektor A
18. Orquesm – NootZaak (unreleased)
19. Terrence Dixon – Minimalism (DVS1 Remix)
20. Stefano Infusino – T600
21. Gabe DM – Untitled06

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“Old School But Good School” dj set by Franck De Villeneuve

You’re going to like the Podcast #9 on OSBGS blog mixed by French dj/producer Franck De Villeneuve.

At Old School But Good School, as the name of the blog suggests, they like old school tunes from acid to detroit from techno to the whole analogue world.

This time monsieur De Villeneuve digged deep in his vinyl collection and mixed up this great set with lots of undiscussed  gems and new discoveries (to me at least). Dave Clarke, Derrick May, Emmanuel Top, Plastikman, Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, System 7 they’re all featured on this mix 🙂

Here’ the track list and make sure to show Franck some love!

Kraftwerk – Intermission – Capitol (1975)
Teste – Spatialk (5am synaptic) – Probe records (1992)
Plastikman – DRP / Plasticity – Plus 8 (1993)
G-Man – Continue – i220 (1999)
John Creamer & Stephane K – Forget the world – White X (2004)
Paul Rogers – Krafty (GPal pandesia dub mix) – Sumsonic (2002)
Derrick May – To be or not to be (J.Q. public mix) – Sony music (1997)
Dave Clarke – No one’s driving (Chemical brother’s mix) – Bush (1996)
M. Mayer – Pride is weaker than love – Kompakt extra (2002)
Emmanuel Top – Static – Triangle (1995)
Emmanuel Top – Ecsta deal – Attack (1994)
Scanx – Earthquake (dry mix) – FCom (1996)
Dave Clarke – The Storm (vocal) – Re-load (1995)
Fumiya Tanaka – Away go up – Torema records (1998)
777 – Alpha wave (Plastikman acid house mix) – Astralwerks (1995)
Jeff Mills – The purpose maker – Axis (1995)
DJ ESP – One with the Universe (Vocal meditation mix) – Communique records (2005)
Adam Beyer – Compressed (B1) – Drumcode (1996)
System 7 – Rings of fire (Volcaniq mix) – Butterfly records (1998)
Kraftwerk – Radio Stars – Capitol (1975)
Kraftwerk – Uranium – Capitol (1975)


while listening to the set you can take a tour over the pages of this blog… I went directly on their Techno Session with plenty of great 90’s techno tracks.

Franck De Villeneuve official website : www.franckdevilleneuve.com

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Peter Meatman – DARK SHADOW OF THE BUTTERFLY (Gabe DM remix)

I am very happy to share with you a massive release by Peter Meatman, incuding my remix, released on John Ov3rblast‘s label Spaceal Orbeats Records.

The ep contains two tracks by Peter Meatman and three remixes by Saint Louis, Kaan Koray and me.

“Gabe DM remix it’s a detroit remix, edgy one,acid lines waving across the phones”

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Meet Michael Ballus and his analogue artillery

I am pleased to introduce you a great producer called Michael Ballus.

His love for analogue instruments is enormous and in his bunker in Bad Driburg – it’s the real name, I myself thought it was Michael saying his town was “bad” but… it’s the city’s real name – close to Kassel in Germany, there Michael collects and plays many juicy analog machines.

Michael grew up with friends like Gabriel Ananda (Trapez), Alex Multhaupt (Karmarouge) and Graziano Avitabile (Platzhirsch Schallplatten) all of them transmitted to Michael the love for hardware and djing.

He produces only on hardware synths and boxes, bypassing completely any computer based sequencer or Vst instruments and Vst efx, because he says they sound cold.

I asked him what was his favourite piece of gears he owns and heanswered it’s the analog synth Deep Bass Nine and the 808 clone Mam Adx-1 .

Complementary to his analogue artillery Michael often uses his own field recordings of natural sound processed to get unique hats and snares – this tecnique is nowadys used by many producers as TommyFourSeven, Plastikman and myself (eheheh).

Actually he’s looking for a serious label to release his deep tracks and he’s also working on some new ambient music projects.

I really love Michael’s  webcam video in which he plays live his own tracks in the studio, YouTube is full of such videos, be sure to check them out so to get a taste of his incredibly elegant sound and analogue warmth.

Here’s a couple of links:

so far he released for Rumpfunk Records two deep and experimental lps full of techno, electronica and ambient: Waldgedicht EP (October 2008) and In Weiter Ferne which registers the label’s downloads record: 60.000!!! being Rumpfunk a netlabel you can freely download both of them 🙂

Last cool things about Michael, he’s an hardcore gamer, those fps games in which you roam around with a big gun in your hands trying to shoot enemies, actually his web clan is Homefront’s number one in the world . wow! – this is why you can see homefront’s big poster stuck on Michael studio wall.

Now let’s hit play and drown deeply with michael’s warm music.

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“Twelve Grapes” included in Revox’s TWO, a superb compilation!

Right at the end of 2011 Revox Records released a compilation called TWO featuring many artist from their rooster, including my track called Twelve Grapes.

The compilation is really great with lots of friends featured: Chris Venola, Jesse Oo Roc, Eddie Hu, Eric Reivolp, Chris Carini, Sinus O, so fojust 10 bucks you get 13 original tracks to start the year in a deep and fresh way.

my track is called Twelve Grapes and it’s a deep and slightly dub tech tune. it contains a field recording of my friends at the 2010 new year’s eve party we had at our house during wich we followed the spainsh tradition of the “campanadas” or “uvadas” consisting in eating 12 grapes over the last 12 seconds of the year. Definitely it was fun and we were all mouth fulled with grapes and laughs. I love my friends and I wanted to celebrate them this way 🙂

 

here’s Twelve Grapes for you to listen:

 

 

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Something Leninist included in IPO//030. a superb compilation

Ipoligica Recordings’ guys are back with this excellent compilation featuring many great producers and friends.

IPO//030 is available now only at beatport Exclusive (bhuuuuu) but will be sold on every major web music store shortly, so for all of you who don’t have a beatport account (or just hate beatport) be patient and wait for your favourite web store to sell this compilation in the near future.

the compilation contains “12 tracks by 12 different artists. A concept where the pure electronic music and experimental (Gianluca Angelini – boss at ANG rec, Giulio Maresca – boss at Ipologica Recordings, Miquel Salla) through the deep sounds (Gabe Dm, Alveol, Enrico Sedda, Yuuki Hori, Gabriele Brunno – boss at NGB) and dub-techno sounds (Ness, Gale Talk) ending up in things hybrid, more acid (Kawatin) and mental (Fabio Sestili – also boss at Ipologica Recordings). An image of a beautiful label that has as a common denominator: the love for the sound class and its roots in electronic music”.

I really like the music in this compilation, particularly the first track scored by Alveol, which is a great producer and a very sweet guy.

I would like to make a special mention to the track called Soundtrack by Giulio Maresca who shows here his more intimate and delicate side, he’s not only a fine techno dj but also a great producer with a good taste and strong technique.

personally I also like the track by Miquel Salla, it’s got good synths sounds, sparkling hats and stompig kick. I also like the Ness’ one it’s got his particular dub touch which defines his style.

my track?…it’s just a piece of vintage sounding sovietic dancefloor stomper 😀 (or at least this is what I imagine sovietic youth to dance in their uniform when they party on the 23 of february for the day of Indipendence). this is it:

comment or criticize it if you feel like 🙂

 

in the end… the compi is great and you should buy it as a christmas gift for your top quality seeker friends 🙂 I am so proud to be part of it!

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