At Home With LWE: 9th June, 2020Tue 9th Jun
After a short break, At Home With is returning with a special edition featuring music entirely from black artists, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all those protesting in the name of George Floyd. We feel it necessary to highlight, not for the first time in this series, that the origins of house and techno come from within marginalised, queer black communites who birthed these genres that we all love and live for. We owe these communities a huge debt.
Today’s At Home With selections include new and iconic music from the likes of rRoxymore, A Guy Called Gerald, Philou Louzolo, DJ Bone and more. #blacklivesmatter #blackmusicmatters
rRoxymore - Dekmantel Podcast Mix
From playing in rock bands and soundtracking art installations to unlocking new frontiers within house and techno, rRoxymore is a lifelong student of the game and one of the true innovators of contemporary electronic music. Having capped 2019 with her standout debut LP on Don’t Be Afraid, the Berlin based supertalent kicked off the new year with another mind bending sonic wonder through floating leftfield and percussive groove.
A Guy Called Gerald - The New British Mix
One of the absolute all time greats and a pioneering force instrumental to the early dance music explosion, you’d be hard pressed to find a figure who’s had more impact on the UK scene than A Guy Called Gerald. Voodoo Ray, his very first release in 1988, would become the iconic soundtrack of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda parties while Black Secret Technology remains, to this day, one of the best jungle albums ever. The multigenre polymath stepped into the booth for The New British few years back to deliver another timeless masterclass.
Philou Louzolo - Ahosi Army
An awe inspiring artist from the Netherlands fusing techno, house and Afrofuturism. Having grown up under the jazz and classical influence of his adoptive Dutch grandparents, Philou Louzolo began exploring his African heritage, narrowing in on a sound that would eventually give rise to his recent Wokoundu imprint. Continuing to make big strides in 2020, his latest Ahosi Army EP, features two peak time rollers from himself as well as remixes from Violet and Alma Negra.
DJ Bone - Alien Speak
Another pivot of Detroits’ endless conveyor of techno talents, DJ Bone, until recent times, has been a well kept secret of seasoned overseas crate diggers but is definitely deserving to be on the list of all time greats. A master vinyl technician and proponent of the coveted Detroit minimal trademark whose stellar productions range back 3 decades. One of our favourites from the Subject Detroit boss is this otherworldly basement stomper, Alien Speak.
Electronic Music Is Black Protest Music
The birth of house music in New York & Chicago and the rise of techno in Detroit both stemmed at a time of crippling unemployment, systemic oppression and mass poverty within the Black and Brown communities. The underground club scenes would provide momentary refuge from the racial and homophobic tensions outside, giving a sense of belonging and empowerment to the people held down in every day society. The electronic music watermark of struggle would go on to hook a generation of young and adrift people from around the world, most notably during the German reunification in which techno would become the unifying soundtrack of the country, spearheaded by likes of Detroit’s supertrio - Underground Resistance. Electronic Beats revisits the importance of Black culture within electronic music.
Pump Up The Volume: A History of House Music
One of the best documentaries ever made. From its early disco roots in the 70s, the creative eruption of the 80s and its subsequent influence on the European rave scene and beyond, this jaw dropping 2001 Channel 4 documentary traces back the incredible history of house music.