Along with our new releases, we also wanted to bring back our PITSCAST series to start featuring DJ’s again! Our first guest is Andrea Kalajian (@andreakalajian) with a fresh mix of classic house goodness ^_^ Andrea and her co-conspirator Adam Charles run a bi-weekly socially-distanced gathering called HEATER on Saturday nights at The High Dive, featuring a wide variety of fire selectors playing hot tracks. They’ve also been providing much needed relief to Detroiters with their open-air “Deep in the Cut” series taking place in the freight yard of the Dequindre Cut. Andrea has recently produced a couple singles titled “It’s All In Your Mind” and “FRIENDS”, both available for free download on SoundCloud. Check out this mix and tune in to what she’s got going on!
U and Me at 3:03 is the debut EP by VINSON, a vocalist from Detroit now based in LA. This project hosts a variety of tracks featuring a blend of deep house, hip-hop, and futuristic soul. He says this record is “for people that like to be at the rave but also in their feelings.” The name 303 is not only a reference to the bassline synth which was used throughout the making of this record, but also the time of night when someone would be at the after-hours club or at home with a partner for moments of reflection. Guest appearances by electronic soul artist Kesswa and soul artist Sophiyah E of Detroit make instant classics on “Moving U” and “Love The Sunshine”, while VINSON sets his smooth vocals atop acid grooves on the title track, as well as the first single, “Distractions”. Influenced by and paying homage to the origins of techno and house, rooted in the warehouses of Detroit and Chicago, birthed from POC LBGTQ ravers and DJs.
Times are changing in Detroit, and it’s not necessarily good for everyone. People that have lived in the city their whole lives are being displaced by gentrification and rising rent prices, while a host of companies that give little in the way of value reap huge benefits from the highly publicized ‘rebirth’ and ‘revitalization’ currently underway. This new world is often negatively referred to as ‘New Detroit.’ As with all places, it’s essential to bring in new people and new ideas to continue to grow and evolve. Through electronic music, the new folks and the old guard come together to educate and be educated on what challenges continue to face this place in time and space. On this EP, John Joseph (@johnjosephdet) would like to share sounds that encapsulate this point of view. By mixing the nu with the old, it’s possible to create something unique and beautiful.
It’s twentieth edition of our podcast series, and we are excited to share a mix from minimalerror to accompany his release, also dropping on the label this week! Born in Athens and working in Bristol, he has certainly seen his fair share of dance culture. His Bristol EP is reflection of what the place has taught him, and this mix holds true to the vibe of those tracks. With premieres on Past & Future as well as Electronic Groove, there has been a good amount of early support. Check out his other recent release on The Pool House of Chicago!