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My Year of Mixtapes Week 48: Detroit Techno

My Year of Mixtapes Week 48: Detroit Techno

Playing tracks by

Rhythim Is Rhythim, K.S. Experience, Model 500, SUBURBAN KNIGHT, Paris Grey and more.

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.


Steve Ball

this m ix takes me well back , theres some proper detroit classics here e.g mia hesterley spark, and drexia , well done mate i listen to this alot, thanks