PAUL JOHNSON (CHICAGO) | JAN 1971 – AUG 2021

Paul Johnson (Born: Jan 11, 1971, Chicago, Illinois, USA – Died: Aug 4, 2021) was an American house DJ and producer.

He released a vast amount of music for some of the most consistently underground dance labels before hooking up with Peacefrog Records. 12″ releases on the likes of Cajual Records / Relief Records and Dance Mania led to his debut album release “Bump Talkin'” in 1996. This and the follow up “Feel The Music” became two of the most talked about releases of their time.

His remix work for Stacy Kidd, Joey Beltram, Green Velvet, Armando, Ce Ce Peniston, Ron Trent, K-Alexi, and Steve Poindexter made its way into all the big jocks boxes, many of which remain there to this day.
He lost the use of his legs as a result of a shooting accident in 1987, and required a wheelchair for mobility.

(K-HAND) THE FIRST LADY OF DETROIT TECHNO

DJ and producer Kelli Hand, who as K-Hand was a prolific, versatile and much-admired figure in Detroit’s dance music scene, has died aged 56. A cause has not been announced, but her death was confirmed by close friends on social media and to the Guardian by her agent.

Hand was named “the first lady of Detroit” by the city’s council in 2017, acknowledging a career in which she was a rare Black woman in dance music production and DJing.

Born and raised in Detroit, Hand began taking weekend trips to New York clubs as a young woman in the 1980s, frequenting Paradise Garage and being inspired by the emergent sounds of house and techno. While working on the fraud team of a phone company, she began DJing in the late 80s, earning local residencies.
She started producing her own music and founded the label UK House Records – later renamed Acacia Records – to release it, with her debut EP, Think About It, coming in 1990. Techno stars Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Mike Banks and Mike Clarke assisted on the recording. She continued to release tracks spanning jackin’ house, ghettotech and the pounding minimalism of Detroit techno, and her star spread to Europe where she began touring in the mid-1990s. The UK label Warp Records released a 1994 single, Global Warning.
She released the first of seven studio albums in 1995, and steadily continued to release music until 2020.

In 2016, she explained her approach to DJing and production, favouring hardware over software: “If it’s not on vinyl, it’s not final, that’s the bottom line,” she said. “Because you need that warm sound, that analogue sound – not the robotic mouse clicking sound. From 2000 it’s all been Einstein, twinky-twinky electronic computer-mouse-clicking music. A lot of people produce by putting things in blocks on a screen. Some people make good music doing that, but for me that’s not producing – you’re playing a computer game.”

The dance music community has paid tribute, with Mike Servito saying: “She was pioneering! You leave us with an inspirational Detroit music legacy,” and Octave One saying: “Our Detroit Sista will truly be missed.”

words by Ben Beaumont-Thomas @ The Guardian

DAMION LEE LIVE @ FLUC 29.07.2021

DAMION LEE | MEIN BESTES (12″) RELEASE PARTY!

Damion Lee is hard to pin down sonically. His sound has been described as everything from “Reggae Rapper” to “German pop”. But what are categories for? The music is what matters. He blends his reggae/rap influences from his previous project „Taktattackers“ – which he created along with Masu in 1999 – to capture his  music sensitivity and catchy vocal styling, which makes him a must-listen.

The MEIN BESTES LP (12″) captures Damion’s best work from 2007-2020 to manifest his first Vinyl LP release on Minimalsoul Recordings.

Grab your (12″) LP and more DAMION LEE merchandise at the show!

[DEUTSCH]
Damion Lee veröffentlicht seine erste Vinyl!

 // LIVE PERFORMANCE //

Damion Lee – ehemaliger Bäckermeister, Tontechniker, Videojournalist, Hotelfachmann, Entrepreneur und Geschäftsführer der Bäckerei Obermaier, über die das ZDF eine Doku Reihe drehte.
„War alles nicht meins“, sagt er heute.
Es war ein langer und emotional sehr schwieriger Weg, den folgenden Satz aus seinen Lungen zu quetschen:
„Ich bin ein Künstler“ Er kategorisiert seinen Sound mit drei Wörtern – Damion Lee Pop.

Die Presse schreibt : „Rap auf der Zunge, Reggae im Hirn und Soul auf seinen Stimmbändern“
Mit dem Einzug in das Achtelfinale bei X Faktor Deutschland 2018 und der Halbfinalteilnahme bei Starmania 2021 in Wien, bewies er den Nationen zwei Dinge. Erstens – seine Kompositionen können ehrlicher, gefühlvoller und schöner nicht sein und zweitens, covern macht bei diesem Ausnahmetalent keinen Sinn.
Die eingängigen Melodien und seine raue unvergleichbare warme Stimme, machen ihn zu dem was er heute ist.

Ein Unikat der, sollte er es schaffen aus seinem Tief empor zu steigen, großes werden wird – Europaweit. Vor allem seine Live Performance geht unter die Haut wie ein Tattoo. Nach drei eindrucksvollen Alben, „Mein Erstes“, „Mein Zweites“ und „Mein Drittes“ die er komplett in Eigenregie komponiert und produziert hat, folgt jetzt sein erstes Vinylrelease.

Musikalisch begleitet wird das Ganze von “die Bande”. Die vier Musiker
@Flo (Bass)
@Alex (Drums)
@Valentin (Keys)
@Flo (Git)
sind in Wien flächendeckend unter dem Namen “Spitting Ibex” bekannt. Alles dope, gut aussehende und extrem begabte Jungs!!!!!

// DJ LINEUP TO BE ANNOUNCED //

Venue: Fluc & Fluc Wanne
Praterstern 5, 1020 Wien, Austria
Thu, 29 Jul 2021

Doors: 07:00 PM
@damion_lee_official
@hohlikco
@minimalsouldistribution
 

Detroit’s Tim Baker (..lived until 04. April . 2021)

Tim Baker, the Detroit-born DJ and producer, died on Sunday 4. April 2021. Baker, born in Detroit, began DJing in 1984. A few years later, he’d secure a residency at the Nectarine Club alongside Jeff Mills. In the early ’90s, he launched a clothing line called Elephanthaus and began gigging around Europe, making a 1994 appearance at Tresor. Elephanthaus, a clubwear label, would eventually expand as a recording imprint, mostly serving as a home for Baker’s releases. He’d relocate to Chicago in 1998, launching a house-oriented label called Real Estate Records. Baker’s solo releases came out on labels like Ovum and Minifunk over the years, and he was a beloved father and supportive figure in the scene up to his passing.