Of all the veteran Detroit techno acts currently experiencing a creative renaissance, few have come as far as Sherard Ingram (aka Urban Tribe). Known for over a decade by serious music heads for his work with Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Kenny “Moodymann” Dixon Jr., and Carl Craig, URB is thrilled to offer up a new mix of rarities and unreleased exclusives by this true dance music enigma.
Those crazy kids over at Resident Advisor went and did the seemingly impossible, interviewing over 50 people to get the complete(ish) story of Detroit’s annual techno festival. They even talked to URB’s own Detroit native Joshua Glazer. From Carl Craig and Richie Hawtin to Paxahau and the Mayor of Detroit, it’s a serious read.
To explain the many twists and turns of the festival thus far, we turned to the people that were directly involved. Artists, promoters, city officials, journalists, more than 50 in all, presenting an oral history of Detroit’s electronic music festival. READ
The electronic music world has heroes from the past spring up time and time again to reclaim their roles amongst the pantheon of legends that opened the floodgates to many fans and producers alike; and while we all know Detroit legends like Juan Atkins, Theo Parrish and Carl Craig, there are still some who prefer to be reclusive and stand behind their tracks instead of in front of them. One legend of that magnitude is Anthony Shakir, better known as “Shake” by many. Shakir started to work on electronic back in Detroit, his hometown, at Metroplex, the famed label of Juan Atkins. While he may say he was the janitor at that joint, he engineered some techno classics, which led to him wanting to make tunes. He did, quietly releasing 12-inches, but stayed reclusive all throughout the time of his releases. “Shake” makes it known to others that his music tastes are unbiased, that he will play anything that can make a dancefloor feel funky. Judging by the amount of people who consider him an influence internationally, it wouldn’t be hard to see how the world has accepted Shakir’s unusual takes on Detroit techno and has energized that same production into their tunes. With his compilation and retrospective Frictionalism: 1994-2009 coming out to the praises of the music world, it’s not hard to like Shakir’s audible vision of Detroit sounds and shapes. Inspiring the artists of past, present and future, “Shake” took some time to talk to us before his upcoming set at Unsound Festival NY, along with giving us an exclusive track to give to the masses.
The announcement of Unsound Festival NY came very suddenly, and just as sudden was the wave of momentum provided by artists, promoters and media sponsors (like ourselves) alike. From the Upper West Side, to the West Village and throughout the bastion of “hip” that is Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Unsound NY is making its mark as a premier electronic festival in New York City. The opening weekend was a surefire to start to a week that’s still in full-on electronic mayhem mode; from breathtaking visuals to Warhol films to the debut of one of the most acclaimed techno groups in recent history, the beginning of Unsound Festival NY has cemented its status as one of the most important cultural festivities in New York City, besides that CMJ thing.