Boomkat Product Review:
Parallel series to the Detroit Beatdown Sessions series commenced some months back by Mike Clark, with his long sold out 'Motown' ep. So four varied remixers are handed the Detroit torch, and on this evidence are well up to the task. Mike Huckaby, veteran of the Detroit scene, tackles Norm Talley's 'Change' - a rhodes dream, refracted through a Theo Parrish-like prism, a proper bass tumpa! Making the west london connection fully, Daz-i-kue from the ranks of Bugz In The Attic, tackles Delano Smith's 'Metropolis' and shows precisely why they're such in demand characters. Representing a distillation of the grove sound, Daz-i-kue pitches up everything to feva pitch, for a rampant piece of they-call-it-'broken'-beat ruffness, awesome bass music, ghetto swing par excellence. So to the parisian Versatile contingent, behind some wicked twelves this year, and here Gilb-r drops the Solo Flight remix of Rick Wilhite's 'Ruby Nights', the most accomplished piece on this consistent twelve. Again Theo's influence looms massive and imposing over this music, bodytempo afro-funk with a wicked bubble and a sting bee-line, chords setting up a boogie monster. Old B-B-E protagonists, Koomba Project add Alton Miller's name to an already impressive list of remix credits, a lone, distant trumpet call riding a dubby stepper. All cuts as true to the broad, catholic defintions of Detroit music as you could wish, deep soulful music for the summer faithful. Killer.