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All Access (to Detroit's Music Festivals)
Planet E


Even though Carl Craig was sadly dismissed as creative music director for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the Planet E label has decided to go ahead with the release of All Access. The compilation commemorates Craig's work as co-founder of the DEMF and the influential music coming out of Detroit. This is a chance to listen to the previously released material of veterans like Stacey Pullen, Richie Hawtin, Inner City, Kenny Larkin and be exposed to new artists like Recloose, Lacksidaisycal, and Ibex.

As an introductory guide to the city's artists, the compilation works but as far as continuity goes, the album comes off a little choppy. The album mixes house ("Good Love" by Inner City) techno (Richie Hawtin's "Minus Orange") and more abstract styles ("Knowing Dub" by Bill Van Loo). In some cases, combining different styles of electronic music might not be a problem but what really breaks up the continuity is the hip-hop tune by Lacksidaisycal and crew. It's still an excellent track, like most of the collection, but reminds you that All Access is a study of Detroit music but definitely not meant as a mood-setter.

—Justin Hardison

1. "On and On" - Aril Brikha
2. "Sweat" - Black Odyssey
3. " Minus Orange (Video Mix) - Richie Hawtin
4. "The Playground" - Random Noise Generation
5. "Friday Night" - Lacksidaisycal featuring Slum Village, Breakfast Club, & Brown Skin
6. "Good Love (Reese Deeper Dub)" - Inner City
7. "The Last Laugh" - Ibex
8. "Get Down" - Common Factor
9. "Can't Take It (Herbert Remix) - Recloose
10. "Day from Hell" - Theorem vs. Swayzak
11. "Suspended Animation" - Shake
12. "Clavia's North" - Dark Comedy
13. "Knowing Dub" - Bill Van Loo
14. "Low Key" - Double Helix

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