Not much more can be said about Detroit and its ability to produce and inspire some of the most creative music acts of the past 50 years. The city was famously home to Motown, one of the most successful independent labels ever to exist and home to soul music’s guru Marvin Gaye. It nurtured the early signs of punkism with its rage-fuelled rebels MC5 and Iggy Pop, and gave birth to techno, the most enduring socio-musical movement to have spawned from the decaying metropolis in recent times.
Last week Detroit don Andrés debuted on Tim Sweeney’s long running Beats In Space radio show with an hour and a half mix featuring a number of his own dusty, soulful productions.
More good news from Detroit: Andrés is preparing a second release on his La Vida label, entitled Second Time Around, which features fellow Detroit icon Amp Dog Fiddler.
It’s pertinent that in a week the music world once again poignantly celebrates the far reaching influence of the sorely missed J Dilla, one of his friends elects to continue the legacy the Detroit producer left in the best way possible – with the foundation of a new label. When quizzed in a 2010 interview with La Familigia magazine what the most important lesson he learnt from Yancey was, Andrés responded with no small amount of emphasis, “listen to your records”, and this is something that has certainly rung true in everything the producer has released to date.