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Terrence Parker – ‘Life On the Back 9′ album [Planet E]

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Terrence Parker - Life On The Back 9 [Planet E]

Terrence Parker ‘Life On The Back 9′ 
Planet E
Released: January 28th
 

Terrence Parker, a native of Detroit and a man who lives and breathes Detroit House Music, releases his third artist album on Planet E – ‘Life On The Back 9′.

“This album is about moving forward through hard times in life to see something beautiful on the other side of difficulties.” – Terrence Parker

Detroit has been credited as one of the Soul Music capitals of the world, spawning legendary artists like The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross. In the mid 1980s, Detroit’s Underground Music Movement brought rise to artists such as Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes, UR, Jeff Mills, and a host of others. But unlike the aforementioned, Terrence Parker has established himself as a producer, remixer and DJ of the classic sound of Detroit House Music, and is known as the pioneer of the music genre known as ‘Inspirational House Music’.

As a DJ, Terrence Parker (known to many as ‘TP’) has become legendary for his quite uncommon yet skillful turntablism style of playing House Music. TP has also become widely admired because he uses an actual telephone handset as headphones; causing some to give him the nick-name, “Telephone Man”.

Since 1988, Parker has released more than 100 recordings on labels including Studio!K7 and Systematic and has had top 20 hits with his songs ‘Love’s Got Me High’, ‘The Question’ and albums like ‘Detroit After Dark’. A well-respected remixer, his remixes include releases on underground imprints Saved, D-Edge and artists including Kenny Dixon Jr., Wyclef feat Akon, Beyonce & Shakira, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Shaun Escoffery and more.

Direct from Detroit, ‘Life On The Back 9′ is inspirational house music down to its soul. From the energetic yet soulful opening track ‘Finally’ (Baby Be Mine), released on Planet-E in 2013, to the melodious, groovy basslines, piano riffs and high synths of ‘Night Light’, to the forward pushing, make you dance ‘Saved Forever’, to the bumpin’ ‘God He Is’, to the funky tech instrumental ‘Spiritual Warfare’, to the grooved out melodic ‘The Friend I Lost’ to ‘Hiding In Your Love’ – all about getting lost in dancing to the music (dancing is a form of worship), to the pause and reflect ‘Selah Interlude’ to ‘My Virtuous Woman’ – inspired by a very special lady in Terrence’s life, to the pumping ‘Open Up Your Spirit’ to the intensity of ‘Pentecost’ and finally the uplifting ‘The Back 9′ a song dedicated to Parker’s father, who gave him inspiration when he needed it the most.

“The title of the album “Life On The Back 9″ was inspired by something my father said to encourage me while I was down going through an extremely difficult period in my life. my father told about one of his golf games where the first 9 holes (also known as the “front 9″) seemed to be the worst he had ever played. It was so bad he felt like packing his clubs and leaving the course. However my father paused, prayed, and decided to finish the game. As he began playing the last 9 holes of the course (also known as the “back 9″), he could see gradual improvement in his game as he advanced each hole. By the end of the game my father had done so well he won the entire match. My father then said to me, “Terrence if you think of your life as a game of golf, perhaps the front 9 did not go as you had liked. But don’t give up because you still have the back 9.” – Terrence Parker

Tracklist:

1. “Finally (Baby Be Mine)”
2. “Night Light”
3. “Saved Forever”
4. “GOD HE Is”
5. “Spiritual Warfare”
6. “The Friend I Lost”
7. “Hiding In Your Love”
8. “Selah Interlude”
9. “My Virtuous Woman”
10. “Open Up Your Spirit”
11. “Pentecost”
12. “The Back 9″

www.planet-e.net
www.terrenceparkermusic.com

Download:Rone – Bye Bye Macadam (Aquarian remix)+Juan Atkins and PLANkT (Stream remixes)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2013 by E.N.

Rone - Bye Bye Macadam
Taken from Rone – Bye Bye Macadem (remix)
Hypnotic loop remixed Techno Godfather, Juan Atkins, Aquarian and PLANkT takes right in the dancefloors.

Download:Rone – Bye Bye Macadam (Aquarian remix)

Rone – Bye Bye Macadam (Juan Atkins remix)

Rone – “Bye Bye Macadam” (PLANkT Official Remix)

12” Inch available at BLEEP

    Rone – Bye Bye Macadam (Aquarian remix)

We Love Detroit by Derrick May & Jimmy Edgar out December 3rd

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Detroit is the undisputed father of techno. Stark and powerful, the iconic sound that gave hope to an otherwise lost city spawned a global movement in music.

We Love Detroit takes a look at one of the protagonists of the story of the birth of techno “the innovator” Derrick May. Examining the journey of techno from conception, its explosion onto the international scene and back to its rediscovery by a new generation inspired by the groundbreaking journey of their hometown predecessors.

We see how almost twenty years later Jimmy Edgar and his contemporaries have taken inspiration from the City and the people who created an entire subculture and they have expanded on, making their own interpretations and once more putting Detroit on the map as one of the most important cities in the electronic music world.

Derrick May’s selection throws light on pivotal moments in techno’s formation. Tracing contemporaries that wore into the landscape to classics from masters that are still as relevant today (Carl Craig and KiNK), his Detroit is bursting with energy and desperate for change. In contrast, Edgar uncovers a new dawn for the city. His chosen tracks are still potent and raw but also majorly as yet unheard.

Label: We Love Recordings
Cat no: WLR02
Web: www.welove-music.com 
Distribution: Prime
Released: Monday December 3rd, 2012

Tracklist

  1. John Beltran – Synaptic Transmission
  2. Yotam Avni – Pentimento
  3. Petar Dundov – Distant Shores
  4. KiNK – Hand Made (Dub mix)
  5. Kai Alce – Power Thru Pt 3 (Mush’s Sax Dub)
  6. Deep’A & Biri – Hova
  7. Carl Craig – Sandstorms
  8. Federico Grazzini – Nova
  9. Benny Rodrigues – It’s A Spiritual Thing
  10. Andres – New For U
  11. Jimmy Edgar – Let Yrself Be
  12. Lando Kai – Clockin’
  13. Jimmy Edgar – Semierotic
  14. Magda – Late Night Woodward
  15. Kyle Hall & Kero- Zug Island
  16. Coyote Clean Up – Mount Babe Bricks
  17. Noel Jackson – That You Love Me
  18. Darling Farah – Body
  19. Magic Touch feat. N Dawson – Niks Groove
  20. Kris Wadsworth – Connection
  21. Axiom Crux – When Summer Doesn’t Come

HOW IT BEGAN

Detroit became known as the birthplace of techno in the 80´s, the catalyst for this futuristic music came in the unlikely form of the schoolboy friendships of Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May or The Belleville Three as they faithfully became known, adopting the namesake of the suburban high school where they met. What separated them from their contemporaries was their view of music. To them it was a serious philosophy rather than a simple form of entertainment.

Atkins made the first leaps in production, writing some seminal early electro tracks under his Cybotron collaboration with Rick Davies. Saunderson would go onto international commercial success with his Innercity outfit. But it was Derrick May´s mix of early Detroit electro and Chicago house beats that would become the blueprint for techno as many of us will recognize it today. After a short burst of production as Rhythim Is Rhythim between ´87 – ´89 tracks like “Nude Photo” and “Strings of Life” put May on the international map. And though his release schedule all but halted during the 1990s, he continued DJing around the world and honed Transmat  into one of the most respected techno labels in the world.

Detroit as a city fell into steady decline after the collapse of the auto industry, as Detroit experienced heavy economic downfall, many of the middle-class white families fled to the suburbs in what is called the “white flight” of the early 70s while middle-class black families were displaced by the de-gentrification of once securely middle-class black districts. Detroit Techno as a genre created a newfound, integrated club scene in Detroit that had not been felt in a general sense after the Motown label moved to Los Angeles.

THE NEW GENERATION

Fast-forward into the 21st century and we find a young Jimmy Edgar playing drums in various Detroit bands, like most of his teenage friends he is into rock music. Contrary to common Europe belief, techno is not omnipresent in Detroit, the scene is incredibly niche and tight knit. If the opportunity hadn´t presented itself in the form of Jimmy stealing a pair of turntables when he was 15 things could have turned out very differently.

The young Edgar ended up playing at parties a friend of his older brother was organizing in Detroit, playing alongside Atkins and May, who Jimmy thought at the time were just local cats on the scene. Although he respected and looked up to them, it wasn´t until later on he realized how pivotal these people were in the creation of a sound that was entirely Detroit inspired.

Terrence Dixon-From the Far Future Pt. 2

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on August 3, 2012 by E.N.

Twelve years ago Tresor Records released Terrence Dixon’s debut album ‘From The Far Future’ – a personal homage to the art and ancestry of techno, culminating in a discursive and dream-like course through the genre’s many tomes, complete with subtle nods to key protagonists such as Kraftwerk, Derrick May and Juan Atkins. A luminescent and ethereal catalogue of tracks awash with shimmery synths and taught rhythmical programming – that still holds true today, ‘From The Far Future’ made for a stunning first full length that cemented Dixon’s already proven credentials from his Population One work and Utensil Records foundations.

After a string of stylistically rich releases – including another album, ‘Train Of Thought’, this time for Cologne-based label Yore Records – the Detroit native returns to Tresor Records with ‘From The Far Future Pt.2’ – an ambitious, scopey and deeply personal sequel.

“ ‘From The Far Future’ was special in many ways. It’s over 12 years later and seems like yesterday to me, it really does,” says Dixon. “ ‘From The Far Future Pt.2’ is my real life drama playing out before your ears, it has everything on this album that has something to do with where I live. I wanted to make this album as huge as it could be. This is a statement album. A variety of tracks from a minimal point of view.”

Taking the form of a fourteen-track CD and double vinyl LP, with just three overlaying tracks – the bubbly “Fountain of Life”, uplifting “Horizon” and stung out “The Study”, as well as two different versions on the atmospheric builder “Dark City of Hope” – ‘From The Far Future Pt.2’ is a masterful and extensive techno album that alludes to – without relying on – Dixon’s Detroit heritage and affinities. Tracks like the CD’s three dystopic numbers: “Path to Mystery”, “The Auto Factory” and “Lead by Example”, for example, deploy recognisable tropes of techno past, spun into a unique and inherently modern Dixon vernacular. Elsewhere, warm syncopated house (“Self Centered”), wonky jazz (“The Switch”), grainy dub textures (“My Journey Here”) and smoky ambience (“Vision Blurry”) complete this rewardingly heterogeneous CD.

Complementing the headiness of the CD, the eight-track vinyl version of ‘From The Far Future Pt.2’ has been curated squarely with the dance floor in mind, allowing Dixon’s shrewd beat-smithery to come to the fore. From the tough and punchy rhythms of “Light of Day” and “Band Together” to the discordant canters of jangly anthem “Sleight of Mind” and dubby “11th Floor”, there’s something here for any fan of freewheeling and well-versed techno.

Artist Terrence Dixon
Title From the Far Future Pt. 2
Label Tresor Records
Release Date 24 September
Cat. No TRESOR256
Format CD/ LP/ Digital

Tracklist:

Self Centered
Dark City Of Hope (Main Mix)
Fountain Of Life
My Journey Here
Path To Mystery
The Switch
Horizon
Vision Blurry
The Auto Factory
Lead By Example
Navigate
Tone
Blinking & Flashing
The Study

Model 500-Control / The Messenger

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by E.N.

Juan Atkins returns to R&S on a Model 500 solo mission. The last Model 500 single enlisted the help of the live line up that includes Detroit techno royalty Mike Banks and UR alumni Mark Taylor, but this latest release is just Juan in the studio and back at his best.

‘Control’ is vintage Model 500, the classic electro that Atkins pretty much invented, with his treated vocals riding over the crisp rhythm programming, dark basslines and Detroit synths. ‘The Messenger’ on the flip is a moodier affair, with the liquid synths almost running away with themselves over the rough beats.

Model 500 and R&S has proved to have been a classic combination over the years and this release is one to file next to the classics.

Artist: Model 500
Title: Control / The Messenger
Cat No.: RS1202
Format: 12” Vinyl, Digital
Label: R&S Records
Release: 20 February 2012

Tracklist
A. Control
B. The Messenger

Watch a teaser video of Amsterdam for Deepchord’s new album ‘Hash-Bar Loops’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by E.N.

    Hash-Bar Loops (SomaCD091) Master CD, sent to bottom of the Oudezijds Voorburgwai Canal after CD’s were pressed. Behind the Oude Kerk, this canal runs through Amsterdam’s Red-Light District, and is very near where the original recordings were made.

    Deepchord-”Hash-Bar Loops” on Soma July 4

Deepchord-“Hash-Bar Loops” on Soma July 4

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by E.N.


Soma Records celebrates their 20th anniversar​y year with Deepchord’​s new album ‘Hash-Bar Loops’

Rod Modell (a.k.a. Deepchord) is a sound-designer with 25 years involvement in electronic music and over 50 releases under various aliases and styles. Beginning with more industrial and ambient forms of sonic experimentation, he worked with Kim Cascone and his -then- record label Silent, and performed along-side notable industrial acts such as Chris & Cosey and SPK. While attending Art School for Photography, Rod lived in Detroit’s Eastern-Market area, the location of the infamous ‘Techno Boulevard’, and home to Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson during that time. Submersed in the blossoming Detroit Techno scene (early 1990’s), a journey from a more experimental sound into Detroit’s techno-world was inevitable. Modell then co-founded the Deepchord record label in Detroit during the mid-90’s. Many consider Deepchord to be the second wave of the Basic Channel sound, and came years before the onslaught of imitators.

After 16 releases on Deepchord, Rod went onto co-found Echospace. Echospace released two full-length albums and five 12″ singles on Modern Love (Boomkat), and a slew of releases on their Echospace imprint. 2007’s ‘The Coldest Season’ and 2010’s ‘Liumin’ are critically acclaimed electronic music classics, and were on top-lists of prestigious resources such as The Wire, xlr8r, and Resident Advisor (who wrote of The Coldest Season: “in terms of sheer quality, it rivals Basic Channel’s vaunted catalog. Put down that ultra-rare Basic Reshape 12” and check out what’s going on now. This album is bound to be one of the most fully realized listening experiences to grace your stereo this year, and is proof positive that DeepChord and Echospace are the rightful heirs to the dub techno legacy”). Rod also operated an audio-mastering facility in the Detroit area from 1995-2005, employing his services to many electronic record labels, including Richie Hawtin’s M-NUS imprint.
Rod’s idea of an album revolves around a concept that isn’t always followed in modern day electronic long players. A chain of feelings and emotions emanate from his work and flow in a manner that has been very carefully considered. Buzzing in atmospheric warmth and layered with mesmerising rhythms, ‘Hash-Bar Loops’ tells the tale of a hazy extended stay in Amsterdam, where the album was in the most part formed.

Starting from deep and dreamy soundscapes the album warms from the outset with the opener, Spirits. The underlying atmosphere is somewhat disconcerting, but balances perfectly with soft, distant chords and ever-evolving percussion. The album progresses through turbulent synths and outlying melodies in Sofitel & Merlot. On Tangier, stabs and textures melt into one another adding tension and dynamics in true Deepchord style. The swirling air of Electromagnetic then conveys a dizzying and hypnotic feel in which budding chords emerge from a white-washed DC soundscape. Balm steps into another world, with beautiful hovering chords that pulse throughout the track, forming a delicate and emotive shape. The climactic Oude Kerk sits at the peak of this album and deserves its crown. Arguably the most exposed of all tracks in the album, Oude Kerk fizzles end to end, letting the deep low frequencies and advancing percussion take over. City Centre then reels the synths back in, with contemplative pads that are underpinned with arguably the heaviest sub-bass on the album. Field recordings can once again be heard, hidden deep in the layers of sound in Crimson and Black Cavendish, where their dense sonics slowly swell behind metallic clangs. Closing the circle, Neon and Rain steps back into the deep and wistful soundscapes heard at the opening of the album where the familiar sense of unease and contemplation toy with one another.

In our 20th anniversary year we count ourselves truly fortunate to be able to release music we love this much.

artist: Deepchord
title: Hash-Bar Loops
label: Soma Records, UK.
format: CD & Digital
date: 04.07.11

TRACKLIST

01. Spirits
02. Stars
03. Sofitel
04. Merlot
05. Tangier
06. Electromagnetic
07. Balm
08. Oude Kerk
09. City Centre
10. Crimson
11. Black Cavendish
12. Neon And Rain

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