If you’re wondering why we’re jocking this whole Dirtbombs-do-techno thing, it’s simple—I’m from Detroit and this shit is dope. Following the Ectomorph remix of The DBs cover of the Underground Resistance classic “Jaguar,” we now have the full remix EP for streaming or download from Scion. Omar S hands over a marching version of A Number of Names’ “Sharevari,” arguably the first techno record, while Kyle Hall turns Carl Craig‘s breakbeat classic “Bugs In The Bassbin” into a mutant shuffle that you’d have to be seriously corrupted to dance to.
For those who follow the multi-faceted work of Detroit techno icon Carl Craig, the name Francesco Tristano will be familiar for the performances the pair have done in recent years, often with Moritz Von Oswald of Basic Channel fame. But Tristano is more than a sideman for techno royalty. The 29-year old classica pianist is renowned throughout the concert hall world.
Here is the first track off Tristano’s upcoming album, Idiosynkrasia, coming next year. The tune pairs Tristano’s minimal piano work with some crisp Detroit techno sounds.
Francesco Tristano – “Mambo” (prod. by Carl Craig)
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.
Techno has always had a bit of a split personality—spending equal time in the austere realm of technological innovation (mainly in grey climates like Detroit, London and Berlin) and in the hedonistic sweatbox of clubs and holiday destinations like Ibiza. This clip explores the technology of techno while on the Balearic isle with some experts at both—Carl Craig, Claude Von Stroke and others. Can you dig it?