The much referenced mid-20th century decline of Detroit has never failed to provide the rest of the world with a scintillating yet decadent portrayal of excess and misery, and at times the music featured on The Boat Party feels like Kyle Hall’s reaction to this. Detroit’s young and gifted techno knight has conjured a fuzzy, distorted collage of sounds which closely represent our global state of affairs: a disconcerting and confusing assemblage of wealth and poverty, consumerism and decay – a continuously more blurred prospect.
Next month will see Kyle MF Hall release his long awaited debut album The Boat Party on his own Wild Oats label.
Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats will soon be releasing the next EP from Gifted & Blessed under his Reflektor moniker – hear the results in full here.
Last year saw Manuel Gonzales grace a succession of our favourite labels with his own distinct take on Detroit sound under the MGUN moniker – we despatched Brendan Arnott to track the producer down in his Detroit hometown.
Wild Oats have turned to Los Angeles artist Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker to close their 2012 – get a grip of his forthcoming EP as The Reflektor here.
Let’s go out on a limb and say that Japan and Detroit are siblings. Both have suffered in unique but parallel ways.Detroit’s gutted automotive infrastructure has become an integral part of the city’s identity, but Japan’s slow and consistent downward economic spiral is beginning to similarly define it as a nation. Jobs are scattering to Korea, China, India, rent is so high that unemployed youth resort to living in internet cafes and high school students are greying and having breakdowns because of high pressure exams.
Kyle Hall has unveiled the next release on his Wild Oats imprint – a two track collaboration with Detroit Underground Records chief Kero that looks to the heavily industrialised Zug Island for inspiration.
Wild Oats will release Night/Dusk, a collaborative release between Kyle Hall and Funkineven under the Funkinevil banner later this month.
Up until now the FXHE ice cube tray has held the title for the most obscure Detroit label paraphernalia on the market, but Omar S has competition in the shape of a new apparel range from Wild Oats.
Kyle Hall today unveiled the next release on his consistently impressive Wild Oats imprint: a three track EP from fellow Motor City native Manuel Gonzales.
When the closing weeks of this year approach and the Juno Plus scribes have a meeting over who deserves what in 2010, it’s highly likely that the name Kyle Hall will feature prominently. Lesser mortals might be filled with envy at the prodigious talent the Detroit native has shown since the onset of a new decade. We prefer to focus on how lucky modern electronic music is to have Kyle Hall.
Not content with killer releases for Third Ear and Hyperdub and sharing space with some absolute legends for Rick Wilhite’s Vibes series, Hall has also graced our ears with outer galactic rerubs of Space Dimension Controller, Jimmy Edgar and Hundred In The Hands. The latest entry in Hall’s Annus Mirabilis is The Sun Goddess EP, the fourth release on Hall’s own Wild Oats imprint which comes on IRN BRU coloured vinyl.
A Side “Solar Funk” is an excellent slice of stuttering futuristic dub boogie, with crunching kicks aplenty sandwiched by warm synth washes and an off kilter organ melody. Flip over for clubbier jack of “Dance With A Sun Goddess” with scattergun hi hats giving the track a crazed feel which is compounded by the oscillating buzz that sweeps beneath throughout. Both tracks display Hall’s typically unique understanding of Detroit techno aesthetics.