Tag Archive: luke hess

Omar-S, Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself

Unlike prior full-lengths that saw Omar-S cobble together singles with accompanying filler, each of the 13-tracks on Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself are unreleased and each a keeper.

Luke Hess, Ignite The Dark Remixes

The first batch of remixes from Luke Hess’s debut long player, Light In The Dark are predictably a dub heavy swag retouched by some of the leading lights of dub-based techno. Stephen Hitchell adopts his cv313 guise for a sublime, spatial meander through Hess’s “Reel Life,” opening up the reverb gates and giving the track a solid drenching in ambient white noise. The fragments borrowed from the track are chilled down to an icy freeze, sounding like they’re contracting and cracking in the grainy, sub zero atmospherics. He largely leave the decaying chords that drove Hess’s original alone, shaping instead a droning, dub landscape floating in the weightlessness of space.

Luke Hess, Light In The Dark

Luke Hess is apparently determined to escape any and all pigeonholing that may come with his being a techno producer from the fabled city of Detroit. By infusing his streamlined Detroit techno with various elements of dub, field recordings, and, ahem, Jesus, Hess shows it’s possible to emerge and flourish from under the mighty shadow (and baggage) of the Motor City.

Jason Fine, Our Music is a Secret Order Remixed

Delivering on the promise of a heavily tipped 12″ for Omar-S’s FXHE label, Jason Fine’s 2008 double-pack for Kontra-Musik, Our Music Music Is A Secret Order, was a remarkably confident collection of understated, soulful techno with vintage Detroit flavor. Owing perhaps to the secrecy of its order, Our Music wasn’t much discussed, but perhaps these reinterpretations from a pair of rising stars will help that.

Luke Hess, Dub For Love EP

[Modelisme Records] Luke Hess has shown signs of huge promise as a producer for a while now. As a Detroit native, he’s charged with the difficult task of balancing that city’s rich musical history with his own artistic voice, which is influenced by a rare (for a techno producer) focus on the spiritual. Hess’ latest […]

Luke Hess & Marko Fürstenberg, Campfire Dialogue

Illustration by Alvarejo [Echocord Colour] While no proper affiliation exists between Detroit’s Echospace and Denmark’s Echocord, there is certainly an interesting volley of ideas taking place between the two like-minded labels. Both champion a sonorous mid-tempo dub style, and, with the recent launch of the sub-label Echocord Colour, both please collectors with lush transparent records. […]

Luke Hess, Believe & Receive EP

[Kontra-Musik] You don’t get released on Omar-S’ FXHE Recordings or get taken under the vaunted producer’s wing without being someone special. And with his third solo release, Detroit native Luke Hess confirms that he’s certainly someone to talk about. Though he’s been releasing since 2005 on labels like the Detroit-based Berettamusic, the young producer made […]