Detroit is a city with a rich musical heritage, and next to offer us a window into it is the Hijacked Records label. The first release on it comes from Antwon Faulkner and is inspired by a famous radio show from back in the day, Deep Space Radio. The EP is backed with three killer remixes from legendary figures like DJ 3000 and Greg Gow.
The title track, "Deep Space Radio" is a surging, tripped out bit of intergalactic techno with driving kicks and supple melodies. It is colourful and serene and soulful and gets a remix from talented brothers Mark and Matt Thibideau. Their version is a little more stripped back and heady, with minimal drums and shapeshifting synths. DJ 3000 then remixes with a dark hand, layering in emotive lines and colourful synths that dart about like fireflies. Finally, Toronto native and Restructured records boss Greg Gow remixes. His version is deep and high tempo, makes a big impact and is laced up with acid lines and more besides. This, then, is a fine EP.
Antwon Faulkner's 'Deep Space Radio' is out now on Hijacked Records Detroit