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.
The first sampler from the new Funkadelic album “Reworked By Detroiters”, includes two reworks by Moodymann.
Following a year that saw the 50th entry in the long-running series released to wide acclaim, DJ-Kicks returns in 2016 another landmark edition. Iconic Detroit DJ and producer Moodymann is at the helm for his first ever multi-artist DJ mix compilation. Born Kenny Dixon Jr., Moodymann is a one-of-a-kind electronic music icon, hailing from, and wholly synonymous with the Motor City. He is an outspoken, impossibly charismatic artist who has been putting a distinctive and soulful stamp on house and techno since the early 90s. Melting together jazz, funk, soul, blues and rock in captivating ways, he is responsible for some of electronic music’s most definitive tracks, EPs and LPs on labels like Planet E, Peacefrog and his own KDJ and Mahogani Music imprints. As able to serve up the sweetest and most sensual sounds as he is the darkest and most depraved grooves, his own unique voice and stream of conscious musings infuse expertly sought-out samples for music that is decisively alive and authentic.
As a DJ and promoter Rick Wilhite has been holding it down for over twenty years. His ‘Vibes New & Rare music’ record store has been a main source for soulful electronic music in Detroit until its closure a few years back. The ‘Vibes New & Rare music’ compilation only features material that Rick Wilhite truly believes to represent the artists. After releasing Volume 1 in 2010, Wilhite now delivers the sequel, featuring pioneers and new talents alike from New York, Chicago and Detroit.
New material from Kenny Dixon Jr. aka Moodymann along with two tracks produced by Andres. This long awaited album features twelve songs over 4 sides of vinyl, a poster, all in custom sleeve with the best album artwork since 1979. A journey further into the weird and wonderful world of the Moodymann…Straight from Detroit!
Here is the third and final part of my 2013 review, featuring my favorite albums released last year. In the first part of the review, the preferences of hipodrome followers are shown, according to the number of click and stars. In the second part, I presented some of my favorite events and performances from last year.
Now here it comes the serious business. Because there are so many good albums and different genders, I took the same approach as in the 2012’s review.
The list is covering all the genders that I like and post on The Hipodrome Of Music, so I came up with no more than 20 gender lists, going from house to techno, disco and funk to electro and new wave …
Here we go.
Kenny Dixon Jr. returns with a new Moodymann 7 track album on KDJ Records – initially sold during Movement Detroit 2013 at the Mahogani Music stand.
Three chairs with a new releases… 4 hot tracks of which the opener Demigods (a1) is a sick acid injected Detroit house cut in a style fusion of Marcellus Pittmann and Theo Parris. 6 mile is another stunner on this Ep wih a nice rolling beat and an upbeat feel.
Three more killer tracks from Moodymann on the classics series.
Massive new three tracker by Kenny Dixon JR – featuring the much looked out for ‘I got werk’ .
Rebirth Records is proud to present one of the most important Italian clubs: Moxa. ‘Born’ in Mantova in 2006/2007, Moxa experienced an amazing artistic grow in the last few years, becoming a true staple of the worldwide clubbing scene, having played host to world renowned DJs, from Frankie Knuckles to Soul Clap and everyone that’s anyone in between. This sampler, taken from the forthcoming “Moxa Vol.1” compilation, includes unreleased material from Moodymann, Larry Heard and Osunlade!
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!
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.