EXCHANGE BUREAU MUSIC unleashes ASSORTED GOOD vol.1
The second coming of Motown continues to unfold as one of Detroit’s newest, quality sound factories releases their first full-length compilation this week. After debuting the label 2 years ago with a string of solid singles, tight remixes and the clever “Particularly Handsome” EP of 2008, ExchangeBureauMusic is now playing with a full deck – a library sturdily built on a no-filler artist roster and undeniable grimey funk for which the D is known.
Detroit — land of Motown, of turntable glory, of black soil and rich musicianship. While the streets of forgotten New France are blemished with potholes, the neighborhoods tormented by burnt down houses, and the abandoned factories ghosts of evacuated industry, the underground music scene is packed with midnight marauders and pitch pioneers who take desolate environments and turn them into musical opportunities where innovation reigns supreme. While the mass media has declared Detroit dead, music aficionados know better – we know it is only growing stronger, a cultural underground brewing beneath the surface, preparing to reign supreme just as it has when the Motor City birthed Motown, and Techno, and its innumerable contributions to each of the other major music genres.
EXB’s mission to connect Detroit’s rich Funk history with its equally thick Techno catalog becomes apparent on possibly its most popular single of late, “Thrillseekers,” a sexualized club stunner courtesy of a duo of dedicated Detroiters, Andy Toth and Billy Love, and continues to prove itself with its selection of the city’s veteran House and Funk musicians intermingled delicately alongside some of its greener Hip Hop and Acid Lounge artists, and a few good people from Canada, Europe and the UK sprinkled in for that global take.
Trying to classify this fresh imprint, voted “Best New Label” by Real Detroit Weekly and named by Fusicology as one of the top 3 “Labels On The Rise” in 2009, will have you looking just plain silly. No genres here, just Good Music.
The hearty menu of Assorted Good vol.1 should keep you full for quite a minute…
1/// Pirahnahead ft Clara Hill – “Badly”
2/// Exchange Bureau ft Salah Obeid – “The End of Me and You” [Daz-I-Kue remix]
3/// Andy Toth & Billy Love – “Thrillseekers”
4/// Blacktop ft Amalia – “Reversed”
5/// Alton Miller – “Inner 8” [EXB chant mix]
6/// iBex – “Phoenix”
7/// Yaminah – “7 Days” [Pirahnahead mix]
8/// Midnite Jackers – “If You Only Knew” [Pat Nice’s no clue dub]
9/// dial81 – “Funky Candidate” [FURS remix]
10/// Fake Gold Chain aka Frankie Bank$ – “Detroit Is Bleeding”
11/// Koen ft Octane aka Ro Spit – “I Do Me”
12/// Snowman Jack presents Magestik Legend ft Genevieve – “Say Hey”
13/// :brownstudy – “Do Gets Done”
14/// Szymanski ft Perilelle – “Breathe New Life”
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+ Limited time free download of Sweden’s Opolopo remix of Track #4 “Reversed” x Blacktop ft Amalia here!
/// Otherwise known as Aklimatize, Blacktop’s space age, funk-fueled, bass-heavy dance tracks enlighten the audience on ‘Reversed’, with the help of Stockholm’s oral-fixator-funk-monstress Amalia, Blacktop’s board work takes on a life of its own recalling the blaxploitation soundtracks of the ’70s while ripping a page out of Blackalicious’ World of Vibrations book. The set of remixes that follow only add to the equation. Sweden’s Opolopo transports you via DeLorean to 1982 Disco Boogie bliss, Detroit-based John Arnold’s dirtier dub cut and the almost Latin-flavored ‘Moot Zoo Dub’ uncover the sexual lyrics hidden within. ///
“Heavyweight dirty cosmic funk from canada’s finest. The John Arnold rub is some ISH!!”
– Mark de Clive-Lowe
“The tracks is absolutely nuts…wikkid 80’s vibez”
– Daz-I-Kue (I-Kue Productions/Bugz In The Attic)
“Great 80s stepper…in the box!!!”
– Mad Mats (Raw Fusion)
Helmed by young, native Detroit label captains, Josh Adams Crilley & Paul Katcher, ExchangeBureauMusic [EXB] is about to be a staple in your music library without a doubt. Witness NEW DETROIT.
—Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology