Good Room presents…
Luke Hess & How To Kill Records: What’s In The Box?
Every year Movement comes and goes, but we’re keeping the spirit of Detroit alive all year round at Good Room. We have a special Detroit line up for all you guys who might be missing the motor city after the festival with Luke Hess and Detroit Sludge artists Marshall Applewhite, The Friend and Shady P.
Date: June 4
Address: 98 Meserole Ave. Brooklyn 11222
Subway: Nassau Ave. [G Train]
It’s not easy to make an impression in a City with such a strong history in the Techno scene, however Detroit-based Luke Hess managed this back in the mid-2000s, propelling his name to rank among the City’s legends such as Juan Atkins, Robert Hood & Derrick May with his reverent, deeply atmospheric take on the House & Techno crossover. He has celebrated EPs out on Omar S’ FXHE, Carl Craig’s Planet-e, Echocord, Echocord Colour, Ornaments, Kontra-Musik, Beretta Grey and Modelisme. His new Detroit label DeepLabs will be the center for his own deeply personal projects.
Born in 1980 in Metro Detroit and subject to the city’s mid-90’s warehouse parties,Luke Hess has harnessed a deep appreciation for electronic music and the expression of the underground movement. His background in mathematics and engineering has given him a scientific approach to the dance-floor, using frequencies, tones, and soundscapes to transform surroundings and mood.
Detroit based producer/DJ Marshall Applewhite has set himself off into a journey of sonic terror reaching out to the late night, early morning, ears of exotic dance music fans around the globe. His sound, albeit jarring at times, encompasses the gritty nature of the city he brought up in. Co-heading the “Detroit Sludge” movement with The Friend, Applewhite has brought new life into the techno world. Slow low, acid, low frequency soundscapes are all apart of what makes Applewhite unique in an overpopulated world of generic music. With a slew of releases out on Detroit Underground, How To Kill, Clan Destine, Senseless Neon and his own YoSucka! Music, Marshall is showing no sign of slowing down.
The Friend runs two all-vinyl labels: Local Heat and How to Kill. Both labels release a variety of genres, but focus extensively on the new Detroit sound known as Sludge. Detroit Sludge is a genre that takes its cues from industrial, techno, house, and ghettotech, and is distinguished by its filthy sultriness. It was created by Konstantin Papatheodoropoulos (working under the alias ‘The Friend’), fellow Detroit artists Marshall Applewhite and Adult Supervision. Its sound has been described as “the echoes of the hollowed innards of a now derelict factory, punctuated by inevitable progress and the crunch of feet on cracked ice.” Konstantin’s music has been described as having a primal sultriness, well suited to a dark, humid room full of pulsating bodies, a room quivering from massive sound, looming bass-lines, and loose rhythms that hiss and sway as if held together by tape or string.
As one of the three pioneers of the current Detroit Sludge movement, helmed as the 5th Wave in the evolution of Detroit Techno, Shady P produces its raw, unfiltered menacing sounds. The term “Detroit Sludge” was coined by Marshall Applewhite in 2011, founder of the Yo Sucka! label and frequent contributor to tracks on How To Kill Records/Detroit, which is co-owned by Shady P and The Friend. The three have become infamous for Detroit Sludge nights, which have been gaining full speed in their local scene, and now being exported outside. With releases on Breed Records, Magnitizdat Tapes and How to Kill Records, the young Detroiter has a bright future that spans beyond just the norms of house and techno. In 2015, Shady P started releasing on his own imprint The Catholic Press.