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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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Gabe DM – Italiansgroove radioshow #23

italiansgroove radioshow

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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