A hard to find sci-fi Detroit techno classic gets a timely reissue complete with a new, super solid Delano Smith remix. It’s hard not to love the original in all its futuristic glory, led by a sturdy four-to-the-floor pummelling but boasting a throbbing neo-disco bassline – imagine a lost Gorgio Moroder classic being remade by Jeff Mills in PurposeMaker mode. But the Delano Smith remix updates it for modern palates, ironically by delving back even further, to the early 70s model Kraftwerk from whom he borrows some very austere but classy synth sounds and a touch of electro syncopation.
VA – Detroit Electronic Quarterly Vol.7 [DEQ007]
Detroit Electronic Quarterly (DEQ) Magazine Issue # 7 LP: It’s a slick, compilation from Detroit Artists Mike Clark, Todd Modes, Gary Martin, Gustav Brovold, Marshall Applewhite, The Valley and the Mountain and Quinton McRae.
Gary Martin – This Is It [MT071]
Gary Martin releases his second sequential EP on Motech Records, the ‘This is It’ EP. The Ep features two more exclusive tracks, ‘This is It’ a driving composition accented with piano and synth patterns and subtle funky movement, and ‘Galaxy Style’ a percussive, building composition expertly laced with muted samples and synth progressions.
Gary Martin – Post Techno Life [GG050]
After 20 years of experience, Gary Martin couldn’t resist a 12” that is also the 50th release for Teknotika: a label from Detroit that didn’t exactly stick with the game when it switched to the mp3 format. “Basking In Blackness” is a composition of textured broken beat then classic four on the floor old school soul.“Synthotika” is what would happen if a synthasizer could take over an orchestra. A track inspired by Detroit peers no doubt. “Every Bit As Beautiful” goes sensative deep house piano, a lil Latin percussion and soaring Eno-esque synths to top it off. The title is a bit sarcastic, let’s face it, there is no life after techno.
DJ 3000 – Galactic Caravan – The Remixes [UGCD-MT005]
DJ 3000’s full length release “Galactic Caravan” on Motech Records was a well received record all on its own. Add 23 of the worlds most known and unknown producers to the mix and you come away with Galactic Caravan – The Remixes. There are remixes from names familiar to the Motech camp like Deviant who creates a beautiful downtempo mix of “Heritage”, as well as mixes by Gary Martin (“Darjeerling Sun”), Subotika (“Coat of Arms”), Shawn Snell (“Memory Almost Full”) and DJ Compufunk (“Emotional Sequence”). DJ 3000’s goal on the “Galactic Caravan” remix record was to not only allow his fellow label mates a chance to remix tracks from the record, but to also reach out to artists who’s work he both enjoys and respects. This led to an impressive stock of remixes from Detroit and across the world.