The Crate Diggers series by Fuse explores the late J Dilla’s vinyl collection. Producer and rapper J. Dilla was best known as a member of Slum Village, the Soulquarians and for his work with Talib Kweli, Common, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Madlib and countless others.
The Resident Advisor crew continue their new video series with a trip to the birthplace of techno and Motown, Detroit, the 18th most populous city in the U.S. and a place that was once at the center of the auto industry boom which has since then been economically abandoned. There’s a reported 60,000+ abandoned properties in the city but as you’ll see in this short documentary, the musical legacy and future remain strong.
Rave was America’s last great outlaw musical subculture: created by kids, for kids, designed to be impenetrable to adults. American rave formed its own mutant funhouse approach to existing looks, sounds and ideologies. In the early-to-mid-1990s, it was driven not by stars but a sudden collective sense that, as the Milwaukee rave zine Massive put it in every issue above the masthead, “The underground is massive.”
From the Slices – Pioneers of Electronic Music Series comes this new hour long documentary on DJ & producer Richie Hawtin. The doc details Richie’s life and influences from his beginnings in the UK and Windsor, Ontario Canada to his time in Detroit and later NYC and Berlin. This inside look chronicles his 20+ years of development and offers solid proof that careers in the music biz are not born overnight.
With a reported 60,000+ abandoned properties in Detroit due to a bad economy, many of the city’s grand structures are slowly decaying. These photos beautifully shot by French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre for their book The Ruins of Detroit shows hotels, theaters, libraries, schools, homes and churches literally frozen in time.