Since 1991, Tresor has provided a home for artists to germinate their ideas for advanced new sounds and broadcast them to the world. The pioneers that first traversed the Detroit-Berlin connection and were at the forefront of a new cultural movement gave to Tresor its original and continuing mission: community, resistance and reshaping the world to come. The Tresor 30 compilation represents a major land- mark in this continuing history of electronic music. This unique collection of music profiles some of the artists that gave the previous three decades of Tresor its sound and foundation, but it also casts its gaze forward. Writing new postcards from the future, this collection brings new artists who main- tain a connection to that original mission to the fore, charting ways in which this ethos can contin- ue to build bridges and break walls in the next 30 years. Bringing together 52 essential tracks – both clas- sics and exclusive commissions – each of the 12 records in this box-set charts a unique line of flight from those artists that helped define the shape of this new music to those who continue to pattern its landscape further.
Funkadelic have created an enduring legacy, and the power of their impact is visceral in Detroit. Their records not only played with genre, but possessed a diabolical sense of humour that led to music domination by the late 70s with Parliament, Funkadelic, Parlet, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and the Brides Of Funkenstein all releasing albums the same year for two years in a row. The music itself is beyond stereotype, but equally huge is that they were a black band not allowing themselves to be limited by anyone else’s notions of who they could be, having a massive impact on the next generation of Detroit music, Detroit Techno. But more than just Techno, it is a freedom of thinking that extends beyond boxes, so we included all sorts of today’s generation of Detroit musicians and producers to show the wide range of music that was Funkadelic and how these ideas are still contemporary, they endure and inspire.
A wonderful project new/old by Detroit Techno Legend Anthony Shakir on Kyle Hall’s label, featuring remastered tracks from the rare Shake out of print 12inch ”M3 Sessions” originally released by the, now defunct, legendary Detroit record shop ”Record Time’. Fortunately Wild Oats Label head Kyle Hall, and Detroit Legend Shake have now gotten together for the new full release of the record which also contains unreleased material from that very same DAT Tape. On the 7inch there are 2 secret little Locked Grooves ”GJ LKD” and ”FRCTBEAT 6LKD” making for both a fun and Functional DJ tool.
Meakusma presents “ReCast”, an essential collection of previously released and unreleased tracks by Madteo, re-interpreted and remixed by Anthony Shake Shakir, Marcellus Pittman and Kassem Mosse.
On the back of Shake’s retrospective Frictionalism 1994-2009 compilation, Rush Hour is releasing a series of remixes. First out are two remixes from FaltyDL and Space Dimension Controller.
Shake has created three killer tracks for FIT Sound that may be called anything but failed. ‘Trackin’ is a bangin’ disco influenced house track that will smoke the dance floor. Title track, ‘Drummer Downstairs’ is a beat track in typical Shake style that mutates into something completely different and unlike anything we have heard before; while ‘Frayed’ shows another side of Shake, it is equal parts deep, melodic and dubby – an absolutely stunning track.
Not much really needs to be said about a new release on Mahogani Music, especially since it involves contributions from some of Detroit’s greats, including Kenny Dixon Jr, Anthony Shakir, Carl Craig, and last but not least, the main man Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray. It’s a single LP which contains twelve tracks – a couple of shorter skits, but most pretty much full tracks. Now maybe time to state the obvious… this won’t hang around long!
New Shake gear backed with remixes from Osborne and Photonz on Astro Lab Recordings! ‘At The Bonnie Brook’ catches him in a top mood, banging out bucking house beats with crisply cornered synth edits finished as only Shake can. Osborne’s mix drops the tempo for a ruff Detroit jackers fix, while Photonz gives contrasting ruff and smoove fixes on the flip.
The Detroit band project (Moodymann, Anthony Shake Shakir and DJ Stingray) makes their debut on Planet E with this nice melodic yet ruff house/ techno hybrid.