Kelli Hand, also known as K-Hand — one of the most important pioneers of Detroit techno — has died. Her passing was confirmed by friends on social media accounts on the evening of August 3rd. The cause of her death is not yet known.
Her work as both an artist and label boss over the years led her to be dubbed The First Lady Of Detroit Techno, and in July 2017 she was awarded a Testimonial Resolution certificate by Detroit city council, listing her “many accomplishments in the male-dominated industry of electronic music”.
Detroit’s DJ Minx has shared a new track, ‘Purse First’, in celebration of Pride Month.
The legendary house and techno DJ and Women on Wax founder publicly came out about her own sexuality at the start of this month in an Instagram post, and is now finishing June by unveiling a brand new tune, which you can hear below. All revenue generated from sales will go to Detroit's Ruth Ellis Center, which delivers support and trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults of colour.
DJ Stingray 313 is relaunching his Micron Audio label, with a new EP from the boss arriving 24th September, 'Molecular Level Solutions'. The first track from the new release has already dropped in the form of 'Carbon Neutral Fuels', which you can hear below.
A new record store has opened its doors in Detroit.
Specialising in house, jazz, R&B and soul, Spot Lite is based at 2905 Beaufait St. in the Islandview neighbourhood on the city’s east side. As well as a record store, the 5,000 square-foot space also features a gallery, music venue and bar.
The space is the latest enterprise by Roula David and Jesse Cory, who co-run boutique publishing house 1xRun (one-time-run), releasing limited-edition prints and original artwork by artists from Detroit and further afield.
Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman have released a 3 Chairs retrospective compilation.
Released under their collaborative alias, 3 Chairs, the legendary Detroit DJs and producers present '3 Chairs Collection (1997-2013)' - a collection of 35 tracks spanning almost two decades.
The collection includes a number of records which were previously only available on vinyl, with a handful of tracks featuring the likes of Bill Beaver, Norma Jean Bell, Amp Fiddler and Bubz Fiddler.
Detroit techno veteran DJ Minx has released a new track, 'Blind Amerikkka'.
The politically-charged track marks the first release of 2021 from Minx's Women On Wax record label, and sees her team up with New York DJ, producer and spoken word artist E-Man who makes his first appearance on the label. E-Man offers a vocal message about the current state of America over Minx's instrumental, asking, "Just how blind will America be?"
Inner City and Idris Elba have collaborated with youth-led organisation, Detroit Will Breathe, for a powerful new music video, ‘We All Move Together’.
Directed by Kurt Schneider, the video was filmed in Detroit with hundreds of members of D.W.B - a collective born in the heat of the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement this summer.
With some footage filmed during a protest, the video aims to promote unity by shedding a light on the work the organisation does to fight against police brutality and systemic racism in the city.
Underground Resistance’s Mark Flash is launching a new label, Detroit Techno Funk Association.
The digital-only imprint's debut release lands on 20th November, and is the first in a new EP series, 'Hors D'oeuvres', which aims to platform DJ tools and "snack tracks" aimed squarely at the floor.