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Detroit Techno

Discussion in 'Techno Room' started by Nub!, Dec 29, 2001.

  1. Nub!

    Nub! TRIBE Member

    I realised I don't really know much about this style of Techno.

    Any pointers on cd's to listen to, names to search for or tapes to buy?

  2. Rob_Tech

    Rob_Tech TRIBE Member

    well i'm sure there are others that'll know more than i do (since i only started to get into the stuff last year). But i'll name some obvious names...

    Suburban Knight, dj Rolando, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson (i think), Mad Mike, Underground Resistance Recordings, uhhhh...once i get back to my original computer i'll remember some more names and give up some links on the history of D-town. But those are just some names off the top of my head.
    Happy hunting!

  3. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    It's more like the birhplace than a style. It can be traced back to, some say, Cybotron (Juan Atkins) with his release of "Alley's of Your Mind" in 1981 which is considered or disputed to be the first official techno track. Oddly if it was released today we would probably be called electro.

    I was first introduced to Detroit Techno in 1987 through Rythmn is Rythmn (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May) with a track called "Feel Surreal". The main difference to me between Detroit and techno from other locations is the funk. Detroit is the birhplace of Motown, and definetly can be heard in the techno. Listen to Carl Craig's "The Climax", and you'll know what I mean. Back in da day of warehouse parties (notorious for bringin house to Toronto) we used to play alot of Detroit Techno (The Dance, Wiggin', Frequency, Acid Storm).

    In fact I actually despised most of the techno coming out of Europe in the early '90's (didn't have the soul), but in that changed as soon as labels like Soma and Mute started puttin' out some dope beats (Emmanual Top, Earl Brown, Equus).

    Funky Techno comes from all over the world now, but I truly beleive it's birthplace is Detroit, and even Chicago via Green Velvet's Relief records (of course to him, everything is house). Even some of the stuff Larry Heard (Amnesia and Washing Machine) and Ron Trent (Altered States)put out is very influenced by Techno.

    My 2 cents.


  4. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    Hey, Nub, and everyone:

    I'm in the process of putting together a vintage Techno CD showcasing highlihts of predominately Detroit stuff from the last 15 years. I probably put it as one of my shows (Neurotek - www.beats.to) first, but will rip it to cd if there is enough interest. Leave a post here, or contact me @ derek@beats.to.


  5. tEkKiD

    tEkKiD TRIBE Promoter

    very nice outlook Derek on the issue...props!

    totally right man, detroit is soul...you pretty much defined it clearly...

    and yes Robby has named the elite detroit artists who pretty much evelotunized techno...

    here are some others to check out for new/old...

    the Punisher
    Jay Denham
    Rob Hood
    Aux 88
    Cozmic Spore
    Fanon Flowers
    Stacey Pullen
    Underground Resistance
    Red Planet shit
    Octave One

    hrmmmmmmmm much much more....i could go on for hours....

    p.s Derek -> dude, you will have to hook me up with another cd man... [​IMG] sorry i swear i put it in my record bag but it wasnt there the next day....and yes im very much interested in this new one of yours.... i will pay you if there is any trouble getting me another copy !


  6. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    No worries, Tekkid. I'll get u another CD in about 2 weeks (puttin' promo together tonite); as for the vintage cd, I'm hoppin' to have it compiled by the end of January (gotta get the energy to go through crates in the crawl space). Plus, gotta get erk motivated as he's helpin' with this one.


  7. erk

    erk TRIBE Member

    Derek, looking forward to putting together some sounds from the past. We'll hook up and get it together, really soon...
  8. tEkKiD

    tEkKiD TRIBE Promoter

    wikked shit boi's!!

    can't wait to get my hands on this, 2 awesome dj's playing the shit i love [​IMG]

    hook a brotha up!!!

  9. Nesta

    Nesta TRIBE Member

    Hook a second brother up, please! [​IMG]
  10. The Truth

    The Truth TRIBE Member

  11. optik

    optik TRIBE Member

    The BEST stuff comming out of detroit these days is anything by DeepChord....

    Its an AMAZING and sick label

  12. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    Yo, Optik

    I don't know Deepchord; who are their artists?

    Interetsted in hearing some stuff.

    Eh, just realised I'm listening to Channel One's "Technicolor" as I type this.



    P.S. for those that expressed interest in a cd, I will try to get it done for the end of January.
  13. optik

    optik TRIBE Member

    Derek Check out!!!!


    Or go to play de record and look under the deepchord section! Its a lot like basic channel stuff but more mellow... I think its some amazing music these days!!!!

    Its not the old sound of detroit thats for sure!

    Long live metroplex and all them other motor city labels!

  14. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    i picked up a deep chord album recently and its sweeeet and smoooth
  15. Time

    Time TRIBE Promoter

    The Deepchord cd is a compilation of their early 12's which were out of circulation. However, those same 12's mysteriously re-appeared, and were repressed a few months after the cd was released. Go figure...

  16. poker face

    poker face TRIBE Member

    I have never been a big fan of detriot techno. I have always like the european techno much more.

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