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Diviniti
“Find A Way”
Women-on-Wax

At first listen, Diviniti’s house vocals are very un-diva, with lyrics that err on the precious side. But her musical surroundings, provided by feminist/M-nus producer Minx and local musician turned house-producer savant PirahnaHead, bring the proceedings to another level. Perhaps it’s Minx’s mix, with its minor-keyed basslines that allows Diviniti’s persona to be heard, that Body & Soul’s Danny Krivit is hearing — he just remixed the record for King Street in NYC.

 

Abe Duque featuring Blake Baxter
“What Happened?”
white label

On this single, produced by Equadorian-via-NYC Carlos Abraham Duque, ’80s/’90s Detroit-techno booster Blake Baxter gets to ask this taunting title question of New York, Sonar, Trax — and any club he can think of — all over an incredibly punchy acid-house line. The other tracks follow similar paths with Baxter lasciviously intoning, “I like it when you do ... this,” over dirty, dirty house sine waves. Sinful, man.

 

Omar S.
“Detroit #1"
Oasis

This one-sided, reverse-playing, limited edition, white label, with markered-green lettering, submerged dungeon-disco beats, pressure-valve releases, and anime-inspired one-sheet comes from the mysterious Omar S., a producer who has begun to crop up on Detroit labels like Subgroundz. This release officially makes Omar the 2004 underground house it-guy of Detroit. (You can get more information by e-mailing fxhe_records@hotmail.com.)

Carleton S. Gholz is a freelance writer for Metro Times. E-mail letters@metrotimes.com

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