Black Atlantic continue on their quest to bring us the figures who shaped house and techno as we know it. This Saturday it’s the turn of reclusive vinyl hero Moodymann.
Who: Kenny Dixon Jr. aka Moodymann aka KDJ. Known for his generally feisty, media-shy attitude – he hates giving interviews – his devotion to vinyl, and his stance against the white domination of techno and the tendency to forget the black origins of the genre. He is a former member of soulful house group 3 Chairs, along with fellow Detroit artists Rick Wilhite, Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman. He also happens to be in possession of one of the sexiest voices in house.
Where: At a secret East London location to be confirmed, this Saturday 28th from 10pm to 5am. It’s not often he plays in London, so this is unmissable. Completing the bill is Croydon dubstep wunderkid Joy Orbison. Get tickets from Resident Advisor.
Genre: House and techno that borrows heavily from funk, soul, disco and jazz. His DJ sets are akin to a Detroit musical history lesson, although he’s unlikely to play any of his own productions unless they are unreleased. His live performances are best explained on this record, which uses an excerpt from his 2010 RBMA lecture.
Essential tracks: Black Mahogany (1998), his remix of Innerzone Orchestra’s People Make The World Go Round (2000), Freeki Mutha F cker (2011).
Quote: “I am not the hottest motherfucking DJ in the world, I have no problem telling nobody that. I am not going to play the hottest tracks in the world, but what I will do is give you the truth on them turntables whenever I’m playing up there.”
Listen: Moodymann – Freeki Mutha F cker