Given that the story of the birth of house music is well documented, it’s perhaps surprising that there are still errors in the official version of events. It’s an undisputed fact that Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, at the Music Box and Warehouse respectively, kickstarted Chicago’s love affair with Roland drum machines, peppering up their disco, Italo, new wave and “R&B” sets with the clanking machine rhythms of the TR-808 and 909.
“In The Dark is a reality, a small example of how music music and cultural activity thrives in Detroit,” says Still Music label boss Jerome Derradji in his sleeve notes for the imprint’s first compilation. “Every day and night, through the hands, ears and mouths of essential creators, the future of Detroit’s music is being shaped. All we can do is listen and dance in the darkness of a sweaty club.”