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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
Distribution: Prime
Released: Monday December 3rd, 2012


  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


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.


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.


Various Artists -Movement 2012

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by dk

The ground-breaking Movement-Detroit festival celebrates its 13th year withMovement 2012, a collection of Detroit´s newest techno talent, curated by Paxahau Event Productions and D Records.

In the world of electronic dance music (EDM), few places hold the historical gravitas of Detroit. Since the birth of techno in the 1980s, the struggling metropolis has seen innumerable milestones in the realm of electronic music, including the hometown triumph of the Movement techno festival.

As Detroit enters it´s fourth decade as a leader in electronic music innovations (and America experiences it largest ever audience for EDM), it is time to add D Records to the long list of leaders who inspire a global audience of music fans that span generations. The compilation you hold in your hand is but an introduction to the latest future sound of Detroit, soon to receive worldwide acclaim.

Movement 2012 offers a formidable roster of fresh-faces and veteran techno talent who are activating yet another wave of Detroit techno innovation. Core artists on the D Records roster, including Joshua Harrison,Ataxia, Keith Kemp, and Secrets (Matt Abbott), are joined by fellow Detroit techno travelers Brian Kage, YOS, Noel Jackson and Kevin Reynolds, as well as Movement talent booker Chuck Flask, and even a new tune by Paxahau co-founder Jason “Jaos” Clark.

Label: D Records
Cat no: D020
Distribution: Baseware
Released: Tuesday May 22nd, 2012


  1. Joshua Harrison – Dissipation of Heat
  2. Ataxia – INRIhab
  3. YOS & Carrera – Gone Deep
  4. Brian Kage – Past Echos
  5. Noel Jackson – I Gave You Everything
  6. Keith Kemp – Cosmic Grooves (Detroit Mix)
  7. V.S.O.P. – FTV
  8. Eric Sutter – We Keep It Movin
  9. And Low – We Dance In Mud Puddles
  10. T & A – Herbacide
  11. Secrets – Explore My Body
  12. Infospace – Super Melt
  13. Kevin Reynolds – On A Clear Day
  14. Prosthetic Hands – No Turns Unstoned
  15. Erika – A Cellular Meltdown
  16. Homak – Welcome Back
  17. Rob Lloyd – The Gorilla
  18. Jaos – In All The Right Ways


Founded in 1999, D Records began life as the first sub-label of techno superstar Richie Hawtin´s M-nus imprint. Formed by a close-knit crew of friends who had dedicated their lives to the city´s ´90s underground party scene, D came into being alongside the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival, a gathering of electronic music performers and fans that drew an unprecedented number of fans in 2000. Since then, the annual festival (renamed Movement) has served as both a celebration of Detroit techno´s history and a showcase for newly matured talent year after year.

Compiled by label manager Ted Krisko (who also appears as one half of Ataxia), Movement 2012 is a collection of tunes, destined to be heard across the stages of Hart Plaza and in clubs around the world. Some of these names may be new to even the most dedicated techno fan, but rest assured that the same tasteful curators who have managed theMovement Festival for nearly a decade have used their unmatched ear for electronic music to collect only the finest of Detroit´s current crop of unsung producers. One listen will have you convinced that the talent coming out of Detroit in 2012 can confidently stand along side the city´s already sizable list of techno legends.