Posts Tagged ‘detroit techno’


June 10, 2010

Electronic duo Zerkalo is a project worth getting excited about. First of all we have production duties from Heinrich Mueller (real name Gerald Brown) of legendary Detroit techno outfit Drexciya, and chilling vocals from French chanteuse Victoria Lukas. The result is that classic Detroit synth sound meshed with dark beats and eerie voice. The mood of Mueller and Lukas’ collaboration can’t help but bring to mind the work of Fever Ray, yet the comparison falls a bit flat, as Fever Ray is more about spectacle, whereas Zerkalo seems more of a multimedia project featuring a cinematic element at live performances that go part in parcel with the music. Either way, the music is great minimal synth-oriented electronica that is reminiscent of the more sedate Drexciya tracks but also sounds like something entirely new from Mueller, and Lukas’ mesmerizing vocals are the perfect extension.

They have released three 12’s thus far through Clone Records and their videos are all worth repeated viewings. I am looking forward to more work from this exciting duo in the near future. If I’ve piqued your interest, then check out an interview with Lukas courtesy of FACT Magazine. Cheers.

OMAR-S (FXHE Records)

January 4, 2010

Born and raised in the Motor City, Alex Omar Smith has been releasing some of the finest techno to come out of Detroit since the demise of Drexciya in 2002.

Following in the footsteps of Detroit producers like Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Derrick May, and Theo Parrish, Omar-S started his own label and has put out all his music, save for 2009’s Fabric Mix, on his FXHE imprint. It’s a DIY label dedicated to staying underground and keeping record prices cheap. Omar’s sound is dirty, minimal, and melodic all at once, and he mixes techno, dub, disco, and house together to fantastic effect.

Here is a snippet of his newest and just released “Here with Me” EP that I cannot get enough of. That is my kind of techno and Omar-S is one of my favourite electronic producers. If you haven’t heard him, check him out, and read an amazing and candid interview from Resident Advisor right here. Peace.

Even better: sample the whole track and read Little White Earbuds glowing review right HERE. Awesome.