Mike Huckaby – Too Many Classics To Be Left With Little Or No Protection [DT004]

When the TSA agent left a little note in Mike Huckaby’s DJ case at the airport instructing him to protect the records that he dj’s with, little did he know that Mike Huckaby would be compiling his first LP. Given his length of service, it’s rather surprising to find that this is officially his debut album. This is a collection of previously released tracks that have been in demand ever since. It’s naturally packed with highlights, from the luscious minor key chords, jazz-funk bass and sneaky vocal samples of “The Jazz Republic” and thrilling peak-time stomp of “Dance”, to the jazzy piano flourishes, loose-limbed beats and starry electronics of “Groove Box”. Also worth checking is the fireside heat of bongo-laden beatdown shuffler “Mathematics From The Jazz Republic” and the sax-laden disco-house bump of closer “Flashback ’78”. A collection of too many classics, produced by Mike Huckaby.

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Mike Huckaby – Too Many Classics To Be Left With Little Or No Protection [DT004]

Mike Huckaby – My Life With The Wave Vol 2 [SYNTH005]

Way back in 2007, Mike Huckaby released an EP that joined the dots between Detroit deep house and dub techno all made exclusively on his Waldorf Wave synthesizer. Some nine years on, he’s finally got around to releasing a follow-up. My Life With The Wave Volume 2 eschews the dub techno influences of old, instead focusing on the fluid, rich, soul-flecked Motor City deep house he does so well. He begins with the looped, minor key melodies and strutting grooves of “Let The Dancer Do His Thing”, before increasing the rhythmic intensity via the cymbal-heavy waviness of “Phuture”. Flip for the sun-kissed breeziness of “Baseline 313” – all repetitive electric piano motifs, handclap-heavy percussion and tribal vocal samples – and the fluttering, picturesque deepness of “Another Fantasy”.

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Mike Huckaby – My Life With The Wave Vol 2 [SYNTH005]

Mike Huckaby – The Versatility EP [SYNTH003]

Mike Huckaby returns on SYNTH with a reissue of two of his most sought after productions. “Flashbacks” from M3 Records (1997), and his very own remix of Precession “Sandcastle,” taken from the Adventures Of Techno Soul LP on Ferox Records (1996).

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Mike Huckaby – The Versatility EP [SYNTH003]