Warpaint EP – God Of The Machine – SPEC-003
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Derrick Thompson has to be one of the most underrated Detroit exports as his unapologetic attitude towards underground dance music means his multitude of amazing releases as Drivetrain on his own Soiree Records International slip tantalizingly under the radar. Having released on labels such as Basic Energy, End Recordings, Authentic Music, Moods & Grooves, Three to Five, Little Angel, Yore, Evolution and Katoku, Derrick has certainly been around the block.
As God of the Machine, Derrick released his first two EPs with Rip and Mr.C on Plink Plonk in ‘96 and ‘97, with a further two releases under the moniker on his own Xplor label in 2009 and Psycho Thrill in 2011. ‘Warpaint’ is his first release under this name in four years and calls upon Hijacker of Megalon fame, first wave Detroit producer Santonio Echols, Mr.C under his Plink Plonk Mantrac guise and Rip himself under his Black Art pseudonym.
The EP kicks of with the original, a powerful slice of jackin’ tribal techno, its bleeps, tones and chants sitting atop a tight percussive groove that’s infectious from the first beat to the last drop. Next up comes Hijacker’s electro workout. Its beats are old school yet the attitude is set firmly in the future with its square wave bass line, trippy noises and swooping sci-fi pads. Santonio Echols takes it back to Detroit with a simple yet driving tech house rendition containing sublime melodic chords, eerie pads and a hypnotic pad stab that sends tingles up your spine. Next comes Mr.C with one of his typically infectious acid workouts, where he adds a cheeky bassline, haunting pads and cowbell pings to make it sound oh so Superfreq.
Eugene Black AKA Black Art Circus offers up a digital exclusive; a lengthened remix with seductive vocal loops, deep acid layers stabs and repetitions, which are well on radar for the future sound of specimen’s sonic trajectory.
Warpaint written & produced by Derrick Thompson AKA God Of The Machine ©specimenrecords-SPEC-003-2015.
Available on vinyl 12″
God Of The Machine
AKA Derrick Thompson from Detroit made earlier appearances on Plink Plonk Records 1997-98:
Founder and frontman of Soiree Records International; a label whose primary focus would be on intelligent electronic music, ranging from house, techno, downtempo and experimental..
Soiree Records not has only provided an outlet for Thompson to release his own material, but has also become a musical launchpad for artists throughout the globe. Worldwide vinyl and digital distribution of Soiree Records has earned Thompson an abundant amount of
respect and notoriety in the industry. Later establishing the techno label, Xplor Music Thompson expanded his growing influence even further. An endless repertoire of quality, ground-breaking tracks has brought about a continuous demand for Thompson’s material from both major and independent labels around the world.
Behind the decks, Derrick Thompson has electrified dance floors around the planet for more than a decade. His dynamic, energetic mixing technique along with his undeniably impeccable track selection has ignited crowds at the world’s most highly acclaimed clubs, festivals and venues. Derrick Thompson has validated himself internationally as a musical powerhouse and continues the relentless endeavor of producing and presenting quality music reflecting his roots.