Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Juan Atkins & Kimyon - Work For Money

Some 24 years on from 'No UFOs' and Mr Atkins from Detroit is still showing us the way, with this excellent slice of forward-thinking techno. The original comes on like a jazz/blues/gospel trio doing ghetto-tech, Dimitri Max does the dancefloor house/tech crossover thing to devastatingly groovy effect, Lars Behrenroth turns in an ultra-deep remix and then there are a couple of more out-there mixes from Alexi Delano and label boss Luis Baro.

Basically, there's something to suit a wide range of tastes here... if all techno was this good, then I'd be much more of a fan of techno than I am. This is techno that lives up to the music's original 'machine soul' manifesto and as such, shouldn't be ignored by anyone with any interest in soulful OR electronic music. It's ace, basically.

What with this and the excellent This Is What Happens from Underground Resistance hitting shelves recently, of course, you do wonder where Detroit's new school are. But methinks a forthcoming issue of Britain's BEST dance music magazine may just answer that question…

About the label: Luis Baro is a well-established promoter/DJ from Chicago, currently based in Brooklyn and, according to the hype sheet, his new label All About is, er, all about: "fusing the Chicago, Detroit and New York sound by collaborating with related artists and pushing the boundaries with subsequent releases". I'd say that's about bob-on what they've managed here so I for one shall be listening out for more! Oh yeah and here's Luis' MySpace as well

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