Update: Dan Sicko passed away on Sunday at the age of 42. Dan will be remembered as an important person in the history of Detroit techno for being the person who brought Detroit’s techno history to the world. His early writing for URB, along with other magazines, shined a spotlight on the Detroit music community in it’s formative years. The 2010 update of his 1999 book, Techno Rebels, remains required reading for all fans of electronic music.
Part hip-hop, part electrofunk and part space-jazz, UK producer Paul White’s new record Rapping With Paul White, is a genre-bending mixture of geographically diverse sounds. Featuring Detroit’s heavy-hitter Guilty Simpson of Stones Throw and Random Axe fame on the single “Trust” as well as the Motor City rapper Danny Brown on “One of Life’s Pleasures”, Paul White cooks up some delectable selections for our audible consumption—from straightforward hip-hop bangers, to more methodical and introspective instrumental tracks. In addition to the already mentioned stellar collaborations, there are some intelligently composed tracks ...
Our friends over at Resident Advisor recently spent a week in Detroit to create this min-doc about the current state of the city’s techno scene. Included in the piece are interviews with Brendan Gillan (Ectomorph), Kyle Hall, Rick Wilhite, and URB’s own Joshua Glazer. Our favorite part is towards the end of the 20 minute clip, when the filmmakers visit Youthville to see Mike Huckaby teaching two kids, age 11 and 14, the intricacies of electronic music production.
Detroit techno impresario Alex Smith (better known to the electronic world as Omar-S) is set to release his next LP, It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It, on his seminal FXHE label on August 15th. While that’s some great news, Omar-S also has a free fantastic EP out courtesy of the kind folks at Scion A/V. More info and link to the EP after the jump.