The Phase 2 line-up includes:
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313 The Hard Way (DJ Seoul b2b DJ Psycho b2b T.Linder)
Carl Craig featuring Mad Mike Banks – live
Darkcube – live
Dink & TK
DJ Godfather featuring Good Money
Earl “Mixxin” McKinney
Gaiser – live
JETS (Jimmy Edgar + Machinedrum) – live
Kenny Larkin – live
Kevin Saunderson b2b Derrick May
Loner.9 – live
Marissa Guzman – live
Mark 8EN Moss
MCs Bombscare & Flow
Model 500 – live
Octave One – live
PHUTURE – live
Shawn Rudiman – live
Squarepusher – live
The Saunderson Brothers
The Valley and The Mountain
Detroit favorite, The HandGrenades, just released the best (more like whatever the superlative of bomb-ass is) video I’ve seen come out of Detroit in a long time. This eye/ear-gasm for their track, “Wrapped in Plastic” off of their awaited EP, 52, was directed by their very own, Jesse Shepherd-Bates. The crew lets us sit-in on a rustic black-and-white concert, which quickly becomes as personal as a basement jam session with close friends. Each character in the story transforms from blurry to sharp as we get to know them. Meanwhile, the video gradually becomes more chaotic with its soundtrack, as images layer on top of one another and the band members’ faces grow jumbled. So, in the glorious end, we are left with the real madness of things once, but no longer, wrapped in plastic.
Check out their video below and get stoked for their new EP, which comes out May 13.
An end of summer affair and website.
with selections from:
Jerry Downey Jr.
This week we have some Detroit Jazz for you, please enjoy the brilliant bass guitar of Detroit Jazz artist Damon Warmack.
You can watch Damon play at his frequent spots around the city such as Motor City Wine, and Bakers Keyboard Lounge.
Want to know more about Damon? Check out his website here:
Artist: Damon Warmack
This week’s track of the week goes to local hip hop group Nightmerica. Enjoy a great flow of rhymes over a nice soul sample. Enjoy Detroit.
Chatting with born and raised Detroiter – “east side by the grace of God” – bass player Damon Warmack is always a good time. We get in depth with Damon about his musical journey.
Unsurprisingly, Damon had aspirations to be a jazz musician. So the Fender Precision bass he first received just wouldn’t cut it. Most of his heroes were playing the Jazz Bass, so making that exchange was the first step.
The humble beginnings, mentors and inspirations that paved the path along the way are far from forgotten.
Detroit is one of the bass player towns… so there’s always competition here… There’s always a ton of guys who can play, and play really well.
Detroit is this huge proving ground, as far as musicians are concerned. Playing with musicians from around the states and the world is only half the story. Check out the video for more…
Still have a taste for some funk and soul? How about some new and fresh funk from your very own Motor City. Local DJ/Producer Frank Raines runs the globally known label Funk Night Records. Funk Night Records has a very nice YouTube channel where you can stream some of their releases. Don’t forget you can purchase them online and most of their vinyl is on Discogs for you vinyl collectors out there.
Without getting nostalgic and talking about funk night, I just want to steer people in the direction to hear some great funk and soul.
Below is a track performed by Will Sessions and Detroit Native Billy Love.
Remember this isn’t the only place to find funk in Detroit. If you know your funk, please take this note… Dennis Coffey plays for FREE at Northern Lights Lounge every Tuesday at 8 pm. Check it out for a performance that will satisfy all your funk needs.
Clear Soul Forces first hit my radar earlier this year after a buddy sent me a link to one of their videos. It seems like these days if you are in the hip hop game and aren’t talking about yourself…I’m interested.
The group consists of four members: L.A.Z, Ilajide, E-Fav, & Noveliss. As a group, Clear Soul Forces demonstrates that each member fully understands hip hop and its roots. They are poets with their lyrics and their beats are simple but hit you in the soul. Their music takes you back to an era of hip hop that has seemed to all but disappear.
Upon first listen you’ll be hit with the memory of A Tribe Called Quest; the simplicity of their jazz based samples and their ability to tell stories through just a casual listen. I first heard the track linked below. I highly recommend this if you are a hip hop head and really don’t listen to much of the hip hop that has come out these days. If you appreciate the old school, have love for simplicity and beats that just take you for a walk, Clear Soul Forces brings back the old school while still keeping it fresh.
It also looks like Clear Soul Forces have picked up quite the following in Europe. In September they will be touring France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Amsterdam, and the Czech Republic.
Coming from a hip hop head like myself (I have the drawing from A Tribe Called Quests “Low End Theory” album tattooed on my left shoulder), I am happy that Detroit has an up and coming hip hop group in an age where the hip hop world is lead by people who I think have no more respect for the game.
Look out for an in-depth review of their latest release in the coming weeks.
Also below via soundcloud is Clear Soul Forces latest release.
I was 24 when my psychobilly cherry was popped. When people talk about the Detroit music scene these days they’re usually referring to mostly electronic, garage punk, or hip hop. Psychobilly, for those who aren’t familiar with the genre, is made up of elements of punk then mixed with pieces of horror (usually from old horror movies). The shows are very fast paced and the bass players usually prefer to play with an upright bass as compared to most rock groups who use a standard bass guitar.
Check back soon for an in depth interview with the Ghutter Ghouls!
This week Detroit Sounds Like This turns the spotlight on local funk group Will Sessions Band. You may know them as the house band from Funk Night. Have a wonderful week!
For those of you who want to try something different for your summer BBQ’s and want to jam out to some great local talent, this playlist will help
Artist: Jamaican Queens