BASS, THE FINAL FRONT REAR?
No, that wasnt a typo in last Wednesdays New York Times; critic Neil Strauss really did devote most of his "Pop Life" column to DJ Assault and the Detroit ghetto-tech booty, if yer nasty phenomenon less than a year after MT profiled the sped-up mix of electro and dirty rap currently heard every weekend on the urban mix shows. Besides the national limelight look for an upcoming ghetto-tech story in hipster mag Details theres plenty to report on the local low-end/rear-end front. Says Ade Mainor, Assaults producer and Electrofunk Records chief, his company is pairing up with former arch-rival DJ Godfather to form Ghetto-Tech Distribution to handle both artists vinyl output, as well as handling smaller one-off releases by area booty turntablists 12 Tech Mob, legendarily obscure electro group Detrechno, and others. Meanwhile, reports Ade, Electrofunk has completed a remix of "Celestial Annihilation" by trip-hop super group UNKLE. "The original was kind of corny, like it was a remake of that old weeky weeky weeky song, so we made it more into the kind of stuff like we do," says Mainor. Look for the vinyl on Island. Meanwhile, he and Assault are concentrating on all-original, full-length releases, including a DJ Assault rap album called Assaultland, as well as a full-length booty-bass album, veering from the usual mix CD format of their Straight Up Detroit Shit series. "There aint a whole lot of stuff comin out for a mix CD really," says Mainor, "so were doing a straight-up all-bass album, but itll be sped up so it feels like a mix album."
While the Times wouldnt print its title, the new DJ Assault bass disc is called Mr. Motherfucker. See? Feels like a mix CD already. More info at the Web site.
TUNE IN, TURN ON, FREQ OUT
Listeners who tuned into 89X last Saturday night from 1 to 2 a.m., heard their Sugar Rays and Everclears replaced by the soulful thump of a tech-house mix by Planet E Records mainman Carl Craig, who debuted "Detroit Technology," a new weekly radio show he and co-sponsors Made In Detroit (aka Detroit Interactive) and Playground.com are dedicating to Detroits progressive dance music scene and beyond. "Well get shows from everybody as long as its hype and as long as its good," says Craig, adding "Well even have comedy if its good."
So far "everybody" is the Detroit technos whos-who: This Saturday Kenny Larkin mans the decks, with Kevin Saunderson "freestyling" the following week.
STOP, DROP, PUT EM UP, OPEN UP SHOP
DJ culture fans may want to check out Berkleys Sonic Grooves (4148 W. 12 Mile Rd., east of Greenfield), a new sort of one-stop shop for aspiring DJs. One of the first nonchain stores in the area to cater to DJ-age needs, SG not only carries vinyl but pretty much the lowest prices outside of pawn shops for the industry-standard Technics 1200 turntables with Stanton needles, $485 apiece?! with which to spin it on. But lest this sound like a retail ad, SG also features early-evening, in-store DJ gigs, weekends at 7 p.m. Detroit-via-Chicago house spinner LA Williams has already lent his services, with other house-kateers from Williams Chisel Records label filling in the pre-club, warm-up happy hour spots. This Saturday, the DJ-curious can check out Chisels Norm Talley beating the house down with all kinds of straight-up, soulful house, free of charge. More Sonic Grooves info: 248-586-0010.
Detroits own Eminem the now-ubiquitous MTV presence you will soon grow tired of if you havent already (mynameismynameis ) will not be playing a Detroit-based record release party this weekend as originally planned. Seems the rigors of having the most-played video on MTV and having his Slim Shady LP debut shipping to stores platinum one million copies plus have bumped around the date of his next Detroit visit. Em and crew did take time out to celebrate the release Monday, when the good folks at Interscope-Aftermath threw him a bona fide Tinseltown bar mitzvah, with a gala party at the Sunset Strips House of Blues, according to East Coast-via-U of D Law School, Eminem manager Paul Rosenberg. "Now we just gotta see if we can sell some records," he says. And with a million copies on store shelves, he aint kiddin.