Monday, October 29, 2007



I’ve always had a deep deep love for Detroit Techno. Those soulful strings. Those beats that swing your hips rather than clench your fists. Often imitated but never surpassed.

When composing this mix I wanted to do something slightly different to my usual selections, and straight away thought of making some kind of tribute to Detroit . Initially I thought of producing some kind of ‘best of Detroit ’, but I found this too difficult to pin down. If you’re defining something as the ‘best of’ it put a lot of pressure on your selections…. and I was finding it hard to leave things out. Plus I use vinyl, and some (but not many) of the tracks I wanted to use I didn’t have on wax.

Then I thought it may be a good idea to do a Carl Craig mix. I have a LOT of Carl Craig records, and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. But I found the same problem of being unable to leave tracks out. I wanted to represent him well and there were too many hard choices.

So in the end I just pulled out a load of tunes from the shelf…. flicked through & filtered out some of the best…. and set to it without worrying too much. I’m pretty pleased with the result. There’s sprinkling of House & Electro among the Techno classics, and the set seemed to fit together nicely. Derrick May is a glaring omission, and I would have liked to include some more Drexciya & some more recent Carl Craig. But overall there should be a good selection of tracks you do know, and hopefully some tracks you don’t. I think a DJ should always play some familiar tunes, as well as some things to surprise and delight.

The mixing isn’t perfect by any means, but hopefully the quality of the records will keep you listening through the mistakes.

01. Tres Demented - Tres Demented (Planet E, 2003)
02. Paperclip People - Throw (Planet E, 1994)
03. Moodymann - I Can't Kick This Feeling When It Hits (Planet E, 1997)
04. The Other People Place - Sorrow & A Cup Of Joe (Clone, 2002)
05. John Tejada - Working Night (Rolando Remix) (Logistic, 2002)
06. World Class Wreckin' Crew - Surgery (Kru Cut, 1984)
07. Model 500 - No UFO’s (Metroplex, 1985)
08. Moodymann - Shades Of Jae (Kdj, 1999)
09. S'Express - Theme From S'Express (Carl Craig Remix) (Rhythm King, 1996)
10. Richie Hawtin - Minus Orange (M_Nus, 1999)
11. Purpose Maker - In The Bush (Axis, 1995)
12. Purpose Maker - Java (Axis, 1996)
13. Purpose Maker - Casa (Axis, 1995)
14. Channel One - Technicolor (Metroplex, 1986)
15. Model 500 - Night Drive (Metroplex, 1985)
16. Underground Resistance - Electronic Warfare (Underground Resistance, 1996)
17. Dj Rolando - Knights of the Jaguar (Underground Resistance, 2000)
18. Davina - Don't You Want It (Underground Resistance, 1992)
19. Model 500 - I Wanna Be There (R&S, 1994)


Anonymous morreke said...

wow nice tracklist. gonna listen to it now.

11:50 PM  
Blogger pierre d'alai said...

DUH!?! I posted my comment to the headphonesex process 48 massive heavy Detroit techno mix in the slot for process 49 instead! So go there to see what I intended to write here. Mucho apologetico for the confusion. ;-/

12:52 PM  
Blogger Sep said...

Nice nice...

Good for 'young' people 2 learn a bit more about older stuff!

4:46 AM  
Blogger headphonesex said...

thanks for the extensive comments Pierre... very interesting to read your perspective & thanks for listening so intently!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Star said...

Do you have the cheap viagra remix from this prestigious DJ, he knows how to rock so hard !

11:08 AM  
Anonymous safemeds said...

I think that it is great that you are adding a song preview. Because it isn't common in the post about music that people add that.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous said...

I absolutely tie in with anything you've presented us.

11:44 AM  

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