DJ 3000’s Motech label celebrates 15 years with this compilation bringing together 15 artists from the Detroit imprint. Aimed at supporting the global techno scene, over the years Motech has had releases from established names such as Robert Hood, Ben Sims, Gerald Mitchell, Mark Broom, Alexander Robotnik, Truncate, Ken Ishii, Saytek, and Samuel L Session.
For this celebration, DJ 3000 has opted to give airings to new material from its lesser-known collaborators including ghetto-tech Detroit-dweller DJ Nasty, Belgium’s Gerome Sportelli, the UK’s Ben Long and Oliver Way, LA’s Esteban Adame, Pittsburgh Track Authority’s Preslav, Germany’s Jan Heilbrunner and France’s P-Ben for a worldwide view on its current output.
Classy techno productions taking their cues from the pure Detroit style through to complimentary genres.
This is a collection of classy techno productions taking their cues from the Detroit style through to complimentary genres. Label boss DJ 3000 is on fine form with ‘Just Work It’ featuring Paris The Black Fu leading the pure-play techno, while P-Ben’s ‘Horizonte’ shimmers. There’s an explosive blast midway from Ben Long & Oliver Way as ‘Mambo’s Revenge’ hits full speed from the off, much like Esteban Adame’s pummelling ‘Political Gain’.
More off-piste is the big room sound of Mazepa’s ‘Cass Corridor’ that borrows from trance synths and the cosmic funk of Gerome Sportelli’s ‘Intercity’. DJ Nasty’s ‘Dark & Twisted’ is dramatic ghetto-tech, but there are more progressive vibes from the bubbling Alexis Tyrel’s ‘Tears Of Mars’ and sparkling electronica of Shawn Snell’s ‘Rumble’.
As a taste of Motech, there’s much to enjoy here - especially as despite the obvious temptation to produce a compilation of classic releases, DJ 3000 opted to air fresh cuts that give an indication of where the label is now. There’s plenty of life in Motech yet.