Motor City Drum Ensemble – Selectors 001


Format – 2 X Comppilation
Label – Dekmantel
Genre – House, Disco, Soul


A1 – Dj Slym Fas -Luv Music
A2 – House o Jazz –  Hold your Head Up
B1 – 20 Below – A Lil Tribute To The Moody Black Keys
B2 – Risqué III – Essence of a Dream
C1 – Licky – African Rock
C2 – Raphael Green – Don’t Mess With The Devil
D1 – Ahhz  – New York’s Movin” (Instrumental)
D2 – Bill Deal – Freak N Freeze

Compilation of hard-to-find house, disco and jazz-funk cuts. There’s naturally much to admire, from the breezy soulfulness of Dj Slym Fas’s 1997 gem “Luv Music” and Risque III’s early Chicago deep house killer “Essence Of A Dream”, to the ludicrously expensive jazz-funk-meets-disco-boogie brilliance of Licky’s 1979 obscurity “African Rock”. It’s a cliche to describe a compilation as containing “all killers” and “no fillers”, but in this instance it’s an accurate assessment.

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When Amsterdam electronic music festival Dekmantel created their Selectors stage, the idea was to allow artists like DJ Harvey, Donato Dozzy and Floating Points to show off their DJ skills and act as playlist curator. Later expanding into its own festival, Dekmantel has recently decided to export the Selectors brand with an eponymously named series of compilations, and on their inaugural release, Detroit’s Danilo Plessow (aka Motor City Drum Ensemble) puts years of obsessive crate digging to use, assembling a superb eight-song mix of nearly impossible-to-find tracks.

Pulling together white label releases from ’90s Detroit techno and Chicago house (DJ Slym Fas’s “Luv Music,” House of Jazz’s “Hold Your Head Up”), ’80s new wave funk (Risque III’s “Essence of a Dream,” Ahzz’s “New York’s Movin'”) and ’70s disco (Licky’s “African Rock,” Bill Deal & the Rhondels’ “Freak ‘n’ Freeze”), Plessow keeps the entirety of the compilation feeling celebratory and anthemic. The selection of the nearly lost gospel/disco track “Don’t Mess With the Devil” by St. Louis pastor Raphael Green shows just how deep Plessow is willing to dig to give his mix a unambiguous feel and personality. Selectors 001 mimics Motor City Drum Ensemble’s own high-revving energy.

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