It almost goes without saying, but if there's one thing German producer Danilo Plessow (a.k.a. Motor City Drum Ensemble) can do, it's sound like he's from Detroit. The Cologne resident has largely come to renown off the strength of his Raw Cuts series, which managed to sound so close to mid-'90s Moodymann that it purportedly earned Plessow accolades from Kenny Dixon Jr. himself. It should come as no surprise then that Plessow's entry in Studio !K7's venerable mix series, DJ-Kicks, sounds the way that it does. Which is to say that it sounds a lot like the kind of mix that a person infatuated with the sound and style of Detroit might make—though not in the way you might expect. Read more »
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Let us introduce you to Albert Swarm, the anonymous Finnish-born producer behind the next release for Brooklyn's fledgling Ceremony imprint. His Held EP is a five-song record scheduled to drop on August 23, from which this deeply emotive cut is taken. "Familialities" is full of airy atmospheres, crunchy rhythms, and loose melodies that all ebb and flow with a certain understated grace. At times it reminds us distinctly of the gorgeous new tracks we've heard from Balam Acab lately (like this one and this one), but Albert Swarm is definitely on his own level, working somewhere in between ambient music, beat music, and more classically inspired sounds.
The original MIDI Fighter was a boutique controller that enlisted a 4×4 grid of gloriously punchy arcade buttons to trigger effects, chop samples, and otherwise freak live beats. The MIDI Fighter Pro ($349) is a logical evolution of the idea, adding faders, knobs, and more to the mix. Read more »
The multi-faceted producer behind Harmonic 313, Africa Hitech, and many other monikers, Mark Pritchard, is set to drop a 12" with grime MC Trim, which will feature two original cuts and an instrumental version of each track. Read more »
Ramon Quezada (a.k.a. DJ QU) lives and breathes house music, even if he's not exactly sure what it is anymore. "House and techno used to be the one thing," he says. "Now, Derrick May is techno and Kerri Chandler is house, but I never saw the difference." As far as he's concerned, if the music can be traced in some way to the deep house that first began to emerge from Chicago in the late '80s, then it's suitable for his record bag. Read more »
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