There are many ways to frame the story of Sherard Ingram’s unique rise and stature as one of techno and electro’s most consistent, authentic and trustworthy DJs. He has limitless chapters entrenched in the entire lifetime of Detroit music culture; multiple aliases and collaborative projects that place him in the Venn overlap of so many genres, from electro to downtempo, even drum & bass. He has numerous personal interests and ideologies.
"Did I feel like a stingray? Never. But I wasn't going to argue with James Stinson. I felt it and I understood what he wanted, because I understood the Drexciya legacy. I was Stingray from that day on."
Mask fully down, there’s an instant switch from Sherard to Stingray. He’s smiling underneath the mask, but you’d never tell. I didn’t ask him if he played poker, but he alludes to a game when we use a table as a prop in the photo shoot, and you get the canny feeling he’d clear the table with you if you did. His slightly hooded, watchful eyes give absolutely nothing away. Not his mood. Not his energy levels.
HD Vinyl has struck a deal with GZ Media, one of the major vinyl record pressing plants, amongst a number of other major partnerships.
HD Vinyl is an innovation that hopes to boost audio fidelity of vinyl records by 30%, while expanding the amount of music that can be played on a single side from 22 minutes per side to half an hour.
GZ and HD Vinyl are teaming up, for GZ to retrofit HD’s laser-cut stampers to select machines, revealed at the Making Vinyl conference in Detroit this past week.
Techno's four decades evolution and ubiquity can make it tough for anyone to feel truly knowledgeable. With literally thousands upon thousands of records released, creating any kind of brief anthology is a fruitless, unnecessary task. That being said, it never feels like a bad idea to present a list of just some tracks we think deserve some reflection… So here you go. 10 superb techno tracks from between 1998 and 2008 featuring the likes of Omar-S, Juan Atkins, Silent Servant, The Other People Place and more! Dig in...
Marshall Applewhite describes his sound as “Detroit Sludge”.
Crafting a style that is indebted to his hometown’s bassy and industrial electro legacy, the illusive DJ/producer has released under numerous monikers (OktoRed, Cocky Balboa, Star Machine and Secret Shower) on numerous labels including Detroit Underground, How To Kill and Clan Destine. With a slew of releases on his own labels YoSucka! and Junted as well, the producer has been nothing if not prolific in recent years, always delivering with a style that is harrowing, hypnotic and irresistable.
Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”, has died aged 76.
In a statement released today on behalf of her family, it was announced that Franklin had passed away this morning (16th August) at home in Detroit after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends.
The legendary Detroit-raised singer is globally celebrated for her many hits including ‘Respect’, ‘(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman’, ‘Chain of Fools’ and ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ to name but a few.
A Detroit-based non-profit is seeking to rebuild one of the city's most famous sound systems from the ‘80s.
The Detroit Sound Conservatory, a non-profit started with the intention of preserving Detroit’s musical legacies, launched a Kickstarter campaign with the hope of rebuilding the sound system from the iconic venue Club Heaven.
K-HAND is one of Detroit’s true legends. For close to three decades, the Motor City native has stood as an oft-unsung champion of the sounds that have defined its landscape. From soulful, sample-heavy house with more swing than a large playground to gritty, motorik techno, she has notched close to 50 EPs and albums on her longstanding Acacia Records since she launched it in 1990.
The past few months have seen her play in every corner of the globe, from the U.S to Finland, across Australia and New Zealand to Hong-Kong, South Korea, Japan…
“And Mumbai, India also! And I just returned from Italy and Kiev, Ukraine with Nastia.” she tells DJ Mag. “What amazing locations and venues… [It’s] busy as usual, although I was quite busy last year as well. This time I’m touring new locations, which makes me even more happy to see all of my fans and friends in one place dancing.”
Detroit’s Octave One will release their first new music as Random Noise Generation since 2006 this Friday 27th April.
The brothers Lenny and Lawrence Burden debuted the project back in 1991 with ‘Falling in Dub’ and have since used the moniker as a vehicle for propulsive, industrial fuelled techno, with their blistering live sets serving as a true indicator of their unstoppable influence.
Legendary Detroit DJ/producer extraordinaire Moodymann has teased a new album, set for release in June.
Last week, the sample maestro and dancefloor innovator shared a new track, ‘Got Me Coming Back Right Now’, featuring regular collaborator Amp Fiddler and his band, Amp Dog Knights.