Motor City Drum Ensemble – Dj Kicks EP [K7285EP]

Danilo was always incredibly young with things. He started producing at the age of eleven—“way too early” as he jokes—having his first release out just five years later: Inverse Cinematics’ “Slow Swing”, released on Pulver Records in 2002, and ended up finding its way into Ricardo Villalobos’ record bag as well as onto one of the first Fabric mix CDs. An album under the same name and a string of EPs followed. Dailo’s latest releases, the Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Raw Cuts series in 2010, had the house music world responding strongly to the charmingly fresh and dirty sounding tracks, all mixed down in spontaneous two-hour sessions. Danilo has also released on top labels ranging from 20:20 Vision to Rush Hour as well as his own MCDE and Four Roses imprints, produced for Ben Westbeech and Rainer Trüby and never ceased to amaze with his challenging remix work for artists like Caribou, Jazzanova, DJ Sprinkles and Zero 7. His understanding of how the parts of a track can work has never been more apparent than on his DJ-Kicks mix. In 10 years, playing 80+ gigs a year, including such temples as Berghain, Fabric London, Rex and MOS, he’s absorbed dance history through hard and disciplined work behind the decks. Look at the opening selections of his DJ-Kicks mix to get a glimpse of his amazing ability to fuse totally disparate sound aesthetics into a coherent whole. With the next months holding an extensive tour schedule for Danilo, dancers around the world will be able to experience his gift as a selector first hand. That is, before he gets back into the studio to start working on his first album as Motor City Drum Ensemble as well as a live act. All this will prove, just as his DJ-Kicks is doing now, that there is no such thing as stagnation in the ever-evolving cosmos of Danilo Plessow.

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Motor City Drum Ensemble – Dj Kicks EP [K7285EP]

Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts (Remixes) [MCDE1211]

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE - Raw Cuts (remixes)

Given the “contemporary classic” status of Danilo Plessow’s Raw Cuts series – arguably a string of 12″ singles that helped redefine deep house for a new generation – the announcement of a surprise remix 12″ is enough to make even the most level-headed DJs go weak at the knees. Pleasingly, said remixers more than live up to the hype. Marcellus Pittman’s version – smooth and deep, but with enough raw disco cut-ups and wonky Detroit swing to impress those who like it raw – is particularly good, though Mike Huckaby’s locked-in deep house groover is not far behind. There’s also a superb version from Recloose, whose crackly, shuffling beats, sweeping pads and soulful vocal samples recall his earliest productions for Planet E.

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Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts (Remixes) [MCDE1211]

VA – MCDE 1209 [MCDE1209]

MCDE is back with four straight up dancefloor material. With two MCDE as Jayson Brothers tracks on the Aside and on the Bside, Creative Swing Alliance with their trademark House grooves, bringing us some deep goodness. Last but not least, Pablo Valentino also delivers a solo joint.

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VA – MCDE 1209 [MCDE1209]

VA – MCDE 06/07 [MCDE1206/07]

Motor City Drum Ensenble is back with a double 12” set, featuring 6 vinyl exclusive tracks. A compilation of tracks previously released on CD, new collaborations and a fresh remix! Analogue sounding house and techno tracks from MCDE himself, Hundred 20, Creative Swing Alliance and a remix by John Roberts. Nice versatile package.

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VA – MCDE 06/07 [MCDE1206/07]