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Waajeed

Detroit Love Vol. 3

Planet E
Detroit Love Vol. 3
Founder member of Slum Village alongside J Dilla, Waajeed is a hip-hop artist who converted to 4/4 well before Kanye West started spinning house music at his Sunday Service. The Detroit native runs the Dirt Tech Reck label, alongside releasing his own gritty house tracks on Carl Craig’s Planet E imprint, and now helms the latest in the ‘Detroit Love’ series, showcasing his hometown’s ever-fertile sound. Tight in mixing but loose in groove, Waajeed’s selection features tracks like D-Love Muzic’s ‘Celestrial’, which occasionally touch Craig’s sci-fi techno. But Tall Black Guy’s ‘Coffee Room’ has a similar jazzy shuffle to Waajeed’s sometime collaborator Theo Parrish, and there’s also Damon Bell and Camille Safiya’s Afro-infused ‘Mermaid Blues’, the broken beats of Joss Moog’s ‘196’, and Patrice Scott’s deeply funky ‘The Detroit Upright’ before the pumping climax of Preslav’s ‘Achey Breaky’, making this compilation a broad church.
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