Five of the Best with Mike Huckaby

It’s rare to find someone who knows music like Mike Huckaby. He is one of those guys who knows all the roots and culture of electronic dance music. The Motor City native brings together the best sounds of Detroit techno and house into a soulful groove that one can’t help but dance to for hours and hours on end.

Sine the 1990s Mike has been a tastemaker, educator and sound designer who has done so much for Detroit electronic music. He was behind the once legendary Record Time store and he teaches music production with Native Instruments and Ableton software at Youthville.

On a production level, Mike has been busy producing music on his two labels, Deep Transportation, and S Y N T H and has worked with artists like Deepchord, Juan Atkins, Vladislav Delay and Pole (just  to name a few).

He’s a DJ who’s been at the top of our list for a long time and we’re beyond excited to have him DJ at the club for the first time on April 15 with Basic Soul Unit, Soramimi and Ne Sileas (tickets available here). We caught up with Mike to find out what’s been in his record bag of late.

City People – It’s all in the Groove

I’ve been playing this record ever since I got a copy from fat cat records in the uk. As a buyer at a shop, I laced every house DJ in Detroit with a copy of it. It’s nice to see a reissue of this on MCDE.

Boob Jazz – Midnight Ceremony

Probably the holy grail of all Needs productions. This is in serious deep house territories right here. It’s just a masterpiece from start to finish.

Master C & J – Face It

This is one record that stands the test of time. This is just a pure classic coming from Chicago. I almost lost my mind when I heard Danny Krivitt play it at Body & Soul in NYC while he filtered all the hi end out it it with the isolator! I’ll never forget that Master C & J ‘Face it’ moment.

Peven Everett – Simmer

This is a tune with one of the sickest basslines I ever heard in a house track. This is a heads track. I owe Giles Smith from Secret Sundaze for getting me an extra copy of this. It’s so rare, there isn’t even a copy listed on Discogs. There needs to be a serious repress of this.

Mike Denhert – Losange

This is probably one of my favorite techno tracks in the last two years. The bassline in this track will hurt you! I bought 3 copies of this when it came out.

Mike Huckaby is playing at Good Room on April 15 with Basic Soul Unit, Soramimi and Ne Sileas. Tickets available here.

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