Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts" (Marcellus Pittman remix) - (7:32) 120 BPM
Burning Bridges - "System" - (6:59) 122 BPM
Gary Martin - "Galaxy Style" - (6:39) 125 BPM
Ken Young - "Horney Chords" - (7:25) 124 BPM
ATAXIA - "Time Original" - (6:04) 128 BPM
DJ 3000 - "Delray" - (5:30) 128 BPM
Sawlin - "Wired Evening" - (6:46) 120 BPM
Chicola - "Sidechain Memory" - (7:28) 120 BPM
Motuo - "Purple Pulse" - (5:41) 125 BPM
Burning Bridges - "Low Down" - (6:16) 124 BPM
Gary Martin - "We Get Down" (12" mix) - (6:24) 126 BPM
Patrice Scott - "A Detroit State Of Mind" - (5:06) 116 BPM
Stacey Pullen - "Detroit Love Vol 1" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:14:03) 124 BPM
Review: Recently Planet E founder Carl Craig joined forces with Studio K7 to launch Detroit Love, a new label that takes its name from the techno veteran's touring party. To kick things off, Craig asked Motor City veteran Stacey Pullen to lay down a mix that encapsulated the Detroit spirit. In practice, that means a Michigan-heavy tracklist, with rolling, futurist techno, deep house and tech-tinged house cuts from the likes of Craig Sherrad, Delano Smith, Burning Bridges, Patrice Scott and Gary Martin being joined by similarly-minded cuts from international artists (see Soulphiction's fine opening track and Marcellus Pittman's legendary remix of Motor City Drum Ensemble's "Raw Cuts"). Pullen plays around with tempo and intensity throughout, but it's the inherent rawness and sci-fi feel of Detroit music that shines through.
Review: Just a year shy of 20 years old, "Asiko (In A Silent Mix)" from Tony Allen's perennial Black Voices album enjoys a timely revision as part of Dekmantel's 10 year anniversary celebrations. This one comes from Motor City Drum Ensemble who maintains the dubby washes and pure spaciousness of Allen's original while refocussing the drums for more of a deeper dancefloor drive. Not quite as extensive as Villalobos's half hour remix but sometimes is a sweet seven minutes is the perfect punch. Jump on this.
Review: Given the "contemporary classic" status of Danilo Plessow's Raw Cuts series - arguably a string of 12" singles that helped redefine deep house for a new generation - the announcement of a surprise remix release is enough to make even the most level-headed DJs go weak at the knees. Pleasingly, said remixers more than live up to the hype. Marcellus Pittman's version - smooth and deep, but with enough raw disco cut-ups and wonky Detroit swing to impress those who like it raw - is particularly good, though Mike Huckaby's locked-in deep house groover is not far behind. There's also a superb version from Recloose, whose crackly, shuffling beats, sweeping pads and soulful vocal samples recall his earliest productions for Planet E.
Review: Dani Plessow dons the Motor City Drum Ensemble name with Say A Prayer signaling a return to the production game following his much publicized creative burnout. It's clear that Plessow's period of convalescence has worked wonders, with the four tracks here every bit as deep and dusty as the much vaunted Raw Cuts series upon which the MCDE project was launched skywards. Proceedings open with the two part suite of the title track, laying down fuzzy chords and intermittent vocal swoons over a gritty 909 backbone on the opening track; part 2 meanwhile will have you digging out those Raw Cuts 12"s in order to do a MCDE master mix, such is its immediate warmth and neck snapping drums. Meanwhile, Plessow uses "The Stranger" as a chance to traverse bleepier, rattling techno terrain with superb results, whilst "SP11" is rasping high octane house at its finest.
Review: Confusingly, this is actually the second full-length round up of exclusive tracks from the DJ Kicks mix series (the first, with the same title, was released in 2006). It gathers together notable exclusive tracks from some of the many DJs and producers who've contributed to the series in recent years. It makes for fascinating and enjoyable listening, flitting between sounds and styles at a breakneck pace. Highlights include jazz-flecked deep house from Motor City Drum Ensemble and Henrik Schwarz, dextrous dancefloor jazz from Four Tet, a Hall & Oates impersonation from Chromeo, booming bass music from Scuba and a dash of bleary-eyed New York disco from The Juan MacLean. Oh, and a decidedly bleep-heavy two-step rinse out from Photek & Kru. Check it.
Review: With its sensual blend of hissing, jazz-influenced percussion, warm chords, live keys and bluesy sampled vocals, there's no doubt that "Love" is one of Motor City Drum Ensemble's most accomplished compositions yet. Here, the original is joined by a trio of remixes, including a notable rub from Kyle Hall. His version is typically claustrophobic, building an intoxicating late groove around analogue bass pulses, relentless percussion and all manner of strange synth noises. Wolfgang Voigt reaches for the (synth) strings on his pleasingly groovy rework, whilst Smallpeople do their best Lone impression with the assistance of some big piano riffs and jackin' beats.
Review: With "Love" as its theme, it's perhaps unsurprising that this newie from Motor City Drum Ensemble is so sensual that it feels like MCDE man Danilo Plessow is actually gently tickling your nether regions with a fine feather duster. Whether or not the idea of getting down and dirty with Plassow floats your boat, "Love" is a particularly fine example of his deep house craft; a virtual hug crafted from live drums, minor key chords, brushed cymbals, melancholic organs and a sweet, sweet vocal. There's a more hypnotic dub, too, in the shape of "Basement Love", which offers a pleasingly chunky alternative.
Review: Finally! Motor City Drum Ensemble aka Danilow Plessow drops the Raw Cuts series into one neat little package. Ubiquitous in 2009, the series showcased the Stuttgart native's ability to combine warm pads and luscious synths to create a house sound with a decidedly classicist tip. On this EP you'll also find two new jams from the Plessow-produced Jayson Brothers and a couple of new MCDE tracks, the highlight being "Prayer".