Fetishes for tactility and obsolete technology in techno are strong, but shared attitudes and ideals are stronger. Through a shadowy network of Detroit influenced sound we explore an alternate techno universe, one with an emphasis on vinyl, machines and, most importantly, a DIY attitude.
Behind the obvious Detroit references a world exists that has fuelled the scene from the beginning and continues to do so: dedicated artists that have toiled for years, only recently receiving the recognition they deserve; inspired artists working in parallel across the globe that have carried forward the momentum of early house and techno. Detroit’s European connections reach further than Berlin – Bunker Records, Delsin and Clone, inspired by the Motor City, pursued the same ideals of independence and dedication from makeshift clubs in basements of The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
From Detroit and beyond comes a line-up of originators teamed with artists deeply influenced by the DIY aesthetic who each bring something from the early days of techno through equipment, approach and attitude.
With a twenty-five year history of producing and DJing in Detroit, Mike Huckaby
brings an unparalleled knowledge of techno and house classics. He represents Detroit in fullest with every set and with the devotion of a native who lives and breathes his city.
’s machine-heavy DBX project was not only hugely influential in the early 90s, it was voted best live act of 2008 on Resident Advisor in December. Tonight will see Dan Bell launching a new DBX inspired project with a four-person line-up – a variant on the DBX amalgam of Chicago grooves, Detroit attitude and Japanese machines.
Detroit-influenced Dutchmen Syncom Data
will, in rare live appearances, offer their unique takes on the sound. Bunker veterans Syncom Data perform with a raft of recued and repaired electronics. Newworldaquarium cobbles together a set using records, samples, loops and beats for a low-tempo, Detroit-esque treat. Barbara Preisinger, scape records stalwart and Dan Bell’s recent partner in crime, will open and end with a DJ set.
Programmed in collaboration with ˜scape