Loco Dice has joined forces with Detroit techno luminary Eddie Fowlkes on new EP ‘D-TownPlayaz’, out 7th August on Dice’s fledgeling En Couleur imprint.
A five-track release, ‘D-Town Playaz’ is an EP that takes classic Motor City sounds and adds a modern twist. Kicking things off, ‘Boogie Mandroid’ is a chunky tech cut that’s laden with groove, while ‘Funk’ does what it says on the tin, a similarly floor-filling track underpinned by the funkiest of basslines. ‘No Fake Corners’ announces itself with infectious acid rumbles that then make way for colourful percussion, before ‘Love’, the most soulful track on the record, which harnesses the true spirit of early Detroit techno. Closing things out is ‘It’s A Thief’, a hypnotic, leftfield tech track with an enchanting spoken-word vocal.
“In my early days I was a huge Eddie Fowlkes fan and I played his Detroit Wax releases a lot,” Loco Dice recalls. “When I finally met him in Detroit years later it was clear that there was a bond between us which led us to make this EP together.”
A legend of Detroit in the truest sense of the term, Eddie Fowlkes has been around since the inception of techno, cultivating a 34-year career that has seen 150+ releases on labels like Metroplex, Tresor and Peacefrog to name a few. His status within the Motor City was acknowledged with his handprints cemented on the Detroit Historical Museum’s “Legends Plaza”, while he has a release with fellow techno icon Jeff Mills out on 24th July. Dice and Fowlkes had a skit titled ‘D-Town Playaz’ in Dice’s Love Letters album which served as a teaser to the album.
Translating to “in colour” in French, En Couleur is reserved exclusively for the Dusseldorf artist’s music. The name of the label was chosen because “colour stands for the diversity of cultures I absorb and artists I meet on my life journey,” Dice explains. “Lots of things I do in my life appear in colour. The music I produce is like my movie in technicolour, and the music I play is sorted by colour in my crates and folders.” ‘Detroit Playaz’ is the second EP release on Dice’s new imprint, following the three-track ‘Sweet Nectar Blossom’.
Dice has also “been busy hosting his all-new talk show ‘3 Is The Magic Number’ every Sunday at 9 PM CET on Instagram Live. Having kicked off on 26th April with fellow dance music legend Carl Craig, the weekly show sees him chat to a new guest each week about their ‘all-time favourite three’. This could be anything from albums to movies to books to games, with guests coming from the worlds of fashion, hip-hop, art, fashion, sports and of course electronic music. Following on from Craig, Grammy-winning music mogul Diplo and Italian rap legend Guè Pequeno.
A stellar collection of club cuts, ‘D-Town Playaz’ delivers a fresh take on classic electronic sounds.