With so much tacky electro and corny dubstep clogging up the charts, it’s no wonder dance music fans have sought out a little realness in recent years. Electronic music doesn’t get any realer than the first wave of techno that emerged from Detroit in the mid-’80s. Currently enjoying a major renaissance, the sparse yet relentlessly futuristic and spaced-out sounds of Detroit are chiming once again – in tunes by Actress, Joy Orbison and Lone and in sets by excellent spinners like Jackmaster.
Detroit techno was fathered – ‘Three Men and a Baby’-style – by a trio of producers: Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. As part of Detroit Series – organised by the promoters behind the excellent Dollop parties – each pioneer will be playing a headline London show, backed by a gaggle of modern admirers like Simian Mobile Disco, Boddika, Factory Floor and Optimo’s JD Twitch.
We’ve got two pairs of tickets for the first night featuring ‘The Originator’ Juan Atkins this Friday at a secret east London location. Simply email the answer to the question below to firstname.lastname@example.org before 2pm Wednesday 27 June and you’ll be in with a chance. Winners will be picked at random and contacted by 6pm that evening so keep your eyes on your inbox.
Which company manufactured the seminal TR-909 drum sequencer?