Mike Huckaby – Baseline 87 (Sushitech 15th Anniversary reissue) [SUSH04.5]

HUCKABY, Mike - Baseline 87 (Sushitech 15th Anniversary reissue)

In loving memory of the late Detroit legend, Mike Huckaby. Originally released on Sushitech back in 2011 this is a limited 10″, 15th anniversary reissue on a clear vinyl. The label will donate all the profits to Detroit youth in need.

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Mike Huckaby – Baseline 87 (Sushitech 15th Anniversary reissue) [SUSH04.5]

Jorge Caiado – Cycle EP [GR031]

Jorge Caiado’s new “Cycles” EP, offers 3 strong versions of title theme plus a remix by Detroit legend Mike Huckaby. A house/techno manifesto that takes his artistic vision one step further, placing him as a cutting edge producer internationally supported by the likes of Move D and others.

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Jorge Caiado – Cycle EP [GR031]

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 – Shifting Gears EP [HB008]

For the 8th installment of their record label, Half Baked invite long time friend and Detroit legend Mike Huckaby to join the record label family. He comes with something very special in two rolling deep house tracks presented on a 12-inch picture disc. Both tracks have Mike’s signature touch, jazzy, smooth keys and rolling bass in a way that only Huckaby knows how, he really has delivered once again. Mike’s knowledge of his machines and software shows here as he comes with something super classy for daytime or night.

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Mike Huckaby – Shifting Gears EP [HB008]

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]

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

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]

Rabih Beaini ‎– Albidaya [END07]

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Exploratory Lebanese imprint Annihaya presents a stunning debut album opus by Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis under his birth name. As Rabih was born in Lebanon it is fitting he shares ‘Albidaya’ – meaning “The Beginning” in Arabic – with a label from his home country, who provide acute context for its mixture of electronics, psych rock, folk and jazz. Impressively it was mostly recorded over the course of one day in 2012, wrangling myriad rhythms, tones and shapes from Rabih’s famous collection of vintage analog synthesizers and sequencers meshed with Eko Tiger Duo organ and guitar, and some assistance from Tommaso Cappellato on drums and Piero Bittolo Bon on woodwind and electronics (with additional credits to both Mike Huckaby and Donato Dozzy), and post-production done in Berlin and Rome.

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Rabih Beaini ‎– Albidaya [END07]

Hipodrome’s 2012 Review (Part II)

The second part of my review of 2012 is dedicated to the best events and performances I attended this year. Part I was published some weeks ago and includes the preferences of our followers.

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Hipodrome’s 2012 Review (Part II)

Hipodrome’s 2012 Review (Part 1)

After three fruitful years of existence and daily careful surveillance of the electronic music scene, I’ve decided, for the first time, to draw a line and make a review of the year that is just closing.

I will make the review in two parts, the first is dedicated to our followers and their choices from this years. So, I will make a list with the most successful post on my blog, the releases that gathered the most likes and clicks in 2012 for our visitors. The second part of the review, will include my own picks and I will present some of my favorite albums of different genders. Also I will make a review of the best parties and acts I’ve attended this year.

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Terrence Dixon – Minimalism Re:Vision [THEMA033]

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Thema  announce Minimalism Re:Vision, featuring remixes of Terrence Dixon’s groundbreaking Minimalism Part 1 from 1995. Revising it is a tough task to tackle, thus, Thema present three equally reverent mixes by today’s finest techno figures on a full EP, Mike Huckaby, Silent Servant, and DVS1.

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Terrence Dixon – Minimalism Re:Vision [THEMA033]

VA – Limited Numbers Sushitech Box Set [SUSHBOX]

A special collection of all the limited records released over the years on Sushitech inside a solid carton box designed by Kerry Roper. The box include 5 x 10INCH clear marbled records with some new and exclusive mixes! Tracks by Franco Cangelli, Leonel Castillo, Anonym, Delano Smith, Norm Talley, Mike Huckaby.

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VA – Limited Numbers Sushitech Box Set [SUSHBOX]

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]