Turf Detroit Selections

Over the next few months we've lined up a series of events that showcase some of the most influential musicians to have emerged from Detroit, and DJs from nearer home who are inspired by their sound...

Up first is Rick Wilhite and friends in Cambridge on Thursday, January 15th and London on Saturday January 17th. In March we're touring the country and doing a takeover at Bloc Festival with DJ Bone and Dekmantel Soundsystem.

Below we've compiled 10 of our favourite tracks from Detroit with a bit on why each one is special to us...

 

Dennis Coffey ft. Mayor Hawthorne - All your Goodies Are Gone (Shigeto Remix)

This one is a bit off-track but is one of the smoothest translations from one musical style into another that we've seen in a remix. The way Shigeto's drums map onto his synths is pretty unique. 

 

J Dilla - Runnin (Instrumental)

It's no surprise that Dilla appears in this list more than once. His production for The Pharcyde's - Labcabincalifornia is an all-time classic.

 

Theo Parrish - The Love I Lost

Sampling a classic from Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes. Theo adds a swelling groove, which becomes totally infectious and we love it!

 

Eminem - Tonite

Taken from the lesser recognised 'Infinite' LP, it's a hedonistic party track, and one of our favourites from Eminem.

Mala - Como Como ft. Dreiser, Sexto Sentido (Theo Parrish Remix)

Detroit and Theo Parrish are synonymous with deep chugging basslines. For us this is one of the best examples of that sound, in a remix that captures the ambiance of Mala's original record flawlessly. 

J Dilla  - Fuck The Police

Another absolute classic from J Dilla, what more can we add...

 

 Theo Parrish & Osunlade & Rick Wilhite ft. Billy Love - Blame It On The Boogie

Raw, analogue funk and soul from three of America's most accomplished DJs and producers. 

Huerco S. - Untitled

We could go on for ages about Huerco S. being  a genius, his back catalogue and everything else, but the simple truth is that this 20 minute piece of the music  sends us to sleep, without fail, every time, which is quite an achievement.  

 

Was (Not Was) - Out Come The Freaks

Painting a comically gritty picture of Detroit's underbelly, this childhood favourite has all the groove expected from the great city.

 

Floorplan a.k.a Robert Hood - Never Grow Old (Re-Plant)

Robert Hood is really open about the spirituality in his music. And like a techno preacher you can hear it more in his music than almost anywhere else.