Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated DJ-kicks mix, !K7 presents the ‘L.O.V.E EP’ from Motor City Drum Ensemble. Dripping with moody funk, this record is destined to set pulses racing with its seamless fusion of old-school soul and deep, dirty house grooves.
Having long been under the spell of Motor City Drum Ensemble’s warm analogue sound, there was a palpable rejoicing from electronic music souls when !K7 got the quietly prolific producer on board for the ubiquitous DJ-Kicks series. Featured on the forthcoming compilation, the aptly titled ‘L.O.V.E’ is a prime example of Danilo’s beautifully seductive nocturnal soul music and sits there comfortably in the company of his heroes on the mix as a fresh, yet timeless club classic. Detroit strings soar above the raw percussion as the moody undulating bassline kicks in underneath interwoven hip-hop samples and floating keys. In this special 12”, the additional ‘Basement L.O.V.E’ version displays another edge to Danilo’s bass heavy, hypnotic house sound as the ghostly atmosphere and soulful vocals ripple through the roughed up strutting beats.
Danilo Plessow AKA Motor City Drum Ensemble starting producing at 11 years old, his first EP ‘Slow Swing’ under the guise Inverse Cinematics coming out 5 years later on Pulver Records and making its way into Ricardo Villalobos’ record bag as well as onto one of the first fabric mix CDs. Influenced by the classic jazz, funk and soul that his idols, Native Tongues, Pete Rock, Premier and Dilla were sampling, he found the real deal digging the crates of his local record shop growing up. Ever since, Danilo has inhabited his own cosmos of inspired sounds, steeped in history but stylistically ever-evolving.
After moving to Germany’s de facto ‘Motor City’ Stuttgart, he became famous for a string of sample-based records: Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Raw Cuts series. The house music world responded strongly to these charmingly fresh and dirty sounding tracks, all mixed down in spontaneous two-hour sessions. Danilo has also released on top labels ranging from 20:20 Vision to Rush Hour as well as his own MCDE and Four Roses imprints, produced for Ben Westbeech and Rainer Trüby and never ceases to amaze with his challenging remix work for artists like Caribou, Jazzanova, DJ Sprinkles and Zero 7.