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DETROIT SPOTLIGHT

Just wanted to take a moment to mention a couple of exciting new 12's coming in early next week. First up is a new label from the minds behind Motorcity Wine Detroit... a premier underground spot for both house and disco deejays as well as the city’s prolific jazz artists... 

The venue thrives as one of Detroit’s go-to venues, boasting an excessively high quality line up of both house and jazz residents, from Monty Luke and Rick Wilhite, to OG funk brother Dennis Coffey and Ian Finkelstein, to Shigeto and Underground Resistance, to the Hughes/Smith Quintet and B. Williams, to Norm Talley & Carl Craig. After a 3 year residency at MotorCity Wine, Lafleur tapped in Peter Croce of Rocksteady Disco to make the venue’s mark outside of the city with a debut 12”, highlighting the half house half jazz sound that makes the venue great.

The EP delivers strong accross the board, with efforts from Andy Compton, Peter Croce, Alton Miller & Lafleur each doing elegant justice to the venue's spirit and pedigree, making a bold opening statement which we can't wait to see continued.

Continuing the theme we have another House / Jazz split 12", by none other than aforementioned Motorcity Wine resident Ian Fink, aka Ian Finkelstein.

Finkelstein's might not be name instantly recognisable to those outside of the Motor City, but many will likely have come accross some of his keyboard work, which can be heard on tracks from Scott Grooves, Omar S and Shigeto to name a few.  A jazz pianist and producer, Ian has been an active member of the Detroit jazz community since the age of 14. A student of Geri Allen, he performed with Marcus Belgrave from 2010 until Belgrave's death in 2015. He currently performs with the Robert Hurst Quintet, and is a founding member of Detroit music collective Video7.

"Middle Birth" highlights Ian’s dual talents as a producer and instrumentalist. Side A features two electronic cuts, “Middle Birth” and “Mort Crim” with Ian playing live drums and bass on the latter. Side B showcases Ian’s jazz quartet, where he is joined by several of Detroit’s most talented young musicians: Marcus Elliot on sax, Ben Rolston on bass and Alex White on drums. These B side efforts we find particularly spellbinding. Out now on Brooklyn label Discovery Recordings... Check out the snippets below and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for these 2 gorgeous releases, hitting the shelves early next week.

Josh Leenaars