Tag Archives: Detroit Techno

Track of the day #46

Back in the days, some of the best Detroit techno used to come from the UK, or that’s what we liked to think anyways. The likes of Stasis, Nuron, Black Dog, B12, In Sync and many others were at least on par with the motor city producers. One of the key factors surely was an early exposure to those sounds thanks to forward thinking record shops and distributors. One of those shops was the Fat Cat one, which would grow into the major indie label that it now is, even when the shop’s been now defunct for years. In this shop used to work Lee Grainge, a DJ and former music distributor specialized in electronic dance music, an occasional music producer (Ephebe, Original Vintage and Eagles Prey). After a few early record venture, Lee paired with the elusive Hazel Bligh to produce a couple of brilliant EPs under the Human guise. Over 15 years later those records still hold magic and direction, forgotten lore that should find its way into most techno and music enthusiast’s worlds.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave

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Track of the day #14

Mark Goddard? Truth?! Never heard of those. Or have I? These pretty generic names could just hide anything, from Goa Trance to ambient downtempo or folk protest singing. Suposedly the fourth release of equally obscure and ungooglable Funky Groove Records, the only link I could find was that this was a subsidiary imprint for forgotten Funky Junky Records, a hardcore/proto-jungle label with only a handfull releases, most of which were white labels.
Truth is a whole different affair. Obviously of british lineage, we here march in the deepest and most beautiful Detroit territory. There’s a tradition of british Detroit techno with B12, As One, Stasis and cohorts. For years, we covered it all here at Helter Skelter, but this gem is such an under the radar must-hear/must-have/must-love choon that even if we already played it, I thought we should remind you of it. I dare say this up there with the best Kenny Larkin, C2 and even Derrick May. Hope you’ll enjoy this as much as we do.

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave


Artist of the day #2

Yesterday, I played CTI‘s seminal album during the show, more specifically the “Dancing Ghosts” track. What sets it apart is its historical inaugural use of both the Roland TR808 and TB303. Recorded in 1983, this anticipates a chicago trend that we’ve been eager to document in the past three years or so.

Anticipation is indeed one of the trademark features from the duo more widely known as Chris & Cosey, of Throbbing Gristtle fame. If you can’t hear Detroit coming in their 1982 Trance LP, you seriously need to check your ears!

Of late, Chris & Cosey have enjoyed a renewed interest from the educated masses, thanks to some timely reissues, their afford mentioned anticipation quality and a few DJs claimed love. What I’ve come to realize was missing in this second coming was the emphasis on the multimedia aspect of their work. The Elemental 7 came out under their CTI guise on Cabaret Voltaire‘s Doublevision imprint, a publishing company dedicted to video art as early as 1982! They published VHSs in both NTSC and PAL formats of their work and likeminded people, such as CTI. So thanks to the internet and globalization, here’s CTI‘s first published VHS for Doublevision, in four parts.
Let the re-discovery begin!

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave