Mike Huckaby first put out this set of fine bangers in 2011, with the Sushitech label. Not wanting to leave DJs (or home listeners) who were slow off the mark in the lurch, he’s had Baseline ‘87 and its companion ‘Music For The Dancefloor’ repressed on SYNTH. Powerfully efficient groovy techno.
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- Baseline 87 by Mike Huckaby
7/10 Ant Staff review, 03 September 2015
A few years ago I witnessed Detroit mainstay Mike Huckaby take to a pair of Technics with a box of vinyl and nothing more. Much of the music he was playing wasn’t really my thing, despite being quite partial to his productions. However I have an enduring memory of his turntable skills; one of the finest technicians I’ve ever witnessed on the wheels of steel. As a DJ he know’s exactly how to control a dancefloor and this knowledge he applies to his productions. One such DJ tool is the sought after ‘Baseline ‘87’, originally released as a 10” in an edition of 300 copies on Sushitech and now repressed on his own S Y N T H imprint.
‘Baseline ‘87’ is essentially oldskool, garage flavoured Detroit house stripped to it’s bare, efficient essentials. Centered around a nostalgic bassline working into an irresistible, endless groove; achieved with with chunky, stomping 909 kicks and crisp hi-hats. Nothing fancy here, just functional dancefloor fuel with immaculate production. This no frills aesthetic is reflected in the title of ‘Musik For The Dancefloor’ which resides over on the flipside. A pleasant slab of dreamy Deep House/ Tech House, perfectly tooled for long mixes and again with the exquisite production we’ve come to expect from this man, whom produces sample packs, presets etc. for the likes of Waldorf and Native Instruments while still finding time to do inspiring work teaching his community’s youth skills in electronic music production. Solid stuff from one of the good guys.
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