Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts" (Marcellus Pittman remix)
Burning Bridges - "System"
Gary Martin - "Galaxy Style"
Ken Young - "Honey Chords"
Ataxia - "TIme"
DJ 3000 - "Delray"
Sawlin - "Wired Everything"
Chicola - "Sidechain Memory"
MOTUO - "Purple Pulse"
Burning Bridges - "Low Down"
Gary Martin - "We Get Down" (12 Inch mix)
Patrice Scott - "Detroit State Of Mind"
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: Total is Kompakt's flagship compilation series, helping define the particular melodious techno sound the Cologne institution has made its own. They're toasting the 20th edition since the series began in 1999 (they skipped a year on 2004), doing what they've always done and celebrating the beautiful and delicate end of the club music spectrum. From swooning sing along disco rollers like Kiwi's "Hello Echo" to the forthright thump of Sascha Funke and Jonathan Kaspar, there's all the range of Kompakt's legacy on display, but delivered as an exciting forward-facing concern rather than trading on past glories. Here's to the next 20 editions.