Swingin' Techno



Newcomer Jason Hogans is an anomaly among Detroit producers, an auteur capable of reminding us what Detroit techno was all about in the first place (exploration) while also reminding us of the limitations of a music that is more programmed than played. On this EP, Hogans blends echoing, rounded synth tones over jazzy, inventive beats that, like bebop, play with time signatures and don’t always seem sure where they’ll wind up. The opener, "Warmfuzzy," gets into that glowing netherworld funk of William Orbit’s Strange Cargo records, with its stepladder beats and reassuring melodic glints. But elsewhere on this EP, Hogans has more trouble telling the difference between a statement and a run-on sentence. The irony of "The Irony of False Freedom" is that what starts out as an exercise in creative drum programming loses sight of the fact that rhythm patterns aren’t always an end in themselves, no matter how long they plod on. Credit Hogans for not getting too off into self-important sound track territory, though, and concentrating on the low-end, even if sometimes it is at the expense of any high-end narrative.

A promising, if uneven, debut.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.