My Year of Mixtapes Week 48: Detroit Techno
I'm nearing the end of this whole year of mixtapes project, so here's another genre that I couldn't really leave unrepresented. A lot of people still don't realize this, but Detroit's African American community invented techno. Anybody who says different is either uninformed or selling something.
Detroit's local brand of techno has some key differences from the countless other types of techno that have evolved from it in the last 25 years—generally speaking it's more "soulful" (whatever that means); it's more in touch with its roots in house and electro; and it's got a heavy tendency toward Black Nationalist and sci-fi themes (although in a primarily instrumental genre, these themes are often conveyed more through song titles and cover art than actual lyrical content).
I've started this tape off with some classic first-wave Detroit Techno, and gradually progress into the (somewhat) newer stuff. Uploaded -
Featuring tracks by Rhythim Is Rhythim, Blake Baxter / Dreamsequence III, K.S. Experience, Paris Grey, Drexciya and more
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