In the late 80's, Stacey Pullen was a club kid getting off on his city's past and present. A few years before, a small group of Detroit residents had pooled their money, knowledge and influences and created a new beat. It merged their industrial landscape's natural sounds with nu-school, European machine music like Kraftwerk, Soft Cell and Tangerine Dream. After a short break to complete his studies, Pullen became a DJ and then a producer. Eventually, he would move Detroit techno forward as purposefully as his mentors had designed it. Like many of his second-wave contemporaries - Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes, Blake Baxter - he dragged the template further into the blues and jazz sounds that had filtered through the city from its original slave workforce, re-located from the Deep South in the late 1800's.
"I like trying to take people on a musical journey, which means me playing at least three or four hours. In clubs a lot of people ask 'What are you gonna play tonight?" and I never know... I just play from the heart and I don't categorise it. It's house, techno, broken beat or whatever: if the vibe is right I do it." Stacey Pullen
On his first mix CD for 7 years, Stacey takes us deep between the beats, displaying the unique talent and technique of Detroit's original protege. Cutlab starts with tribal bounce, BB Boogie brings Chic-style call outs, Vibe Residents build a straight-ahead groove and Asad turns Shuffle Heads into a frequency freak-out. Pure Science apes classic Saunderson, Peace Division string a late-night drug vibe, Magoo drowns in hypnotic swirls and Niquid is all wide-eyed vibes. To close, he blends Moodyman's Latin energy, DIY's afro-infused tech-house, Tabass Nocturn's crazed vocoder, Dave Angel's cyclical sounds and Solid Groove's jack-jazz workout.