It’s safe to say that Detroit, a city steeped in economic, cultural and musical history, will soon weave its way into your soul should you spend any sustained time there. This rings all too true for Monty Luke. He has immersed himself in Detroit’s scene since moving to the Motor City in 2008.
His new eight track LP, released via Dogmatik, showcases the style of a new generation of Detroit producers carrying the beacon for a deep, Detroit sound that blends analogue weight and punchy drum programming together with masterful synth work and raw emotion.
Even at first glance the polarised artwork, an aerial map of Detroit, shows the more introspective nature of this Motor City ingrained release, with Luke purposefully steering away from writing club ready material. Introductory track ‘City Lights’ gives a first taste of this, combining swelling synths, dreamlike arps and crisp percussive hits. There’s a real weight to the bass synth that compliments Abi B’s soulful vocals all too well.
‘Anton’s Room’ & ‘Crime Wave’ follow suit –the former with itslayered gritty bass, expansive stabs, glitchy bleeps and undulating arps and the latter creating a sonic swell between your ears manifested by a surging, panned arp, alongside sirens and punchy, gunshot like snares. Inspirations from Moodymann to Theo Parrish are clear to be seen in tracks like ‘Move’, taking a range of jazzy loops and samples and chopping them into a low slung, bouncing MPC laden jam.ARTIST: Monty LukeTITLE: Hard Work Not HypeLABEL: DogmatikRELEASE DATE: 22ndFebruary 2019FORMAT: Vinyl AlbumDIRSTRIBUTOR: Love Vinyl
A1 – City Lights A2 – Antons Room
B1 – Crimewave B2 – Move
C1 – Willie Maze C2 – Wasteland
D1 – Roja – D2 – Block Is Hot