It's impossible to talk about electronic dance music (and specifically the Detroit scene) without accounting for the enduring influence of DJ-producer Kenny Dixon Jr., AKA Moodymann.
Few artists have done as much to keep the black roots of house and techno alive. And Dixon's outspoken calls for the preservation of those roots have garnered both controversy and praise.
But that's not to say that Moodymann is all cerebral militancy and no
soul. In fact, he's just about the most soulful motherfreaker making
dance music today.
The man reveres African-American heritage and musical traditions. And you can hear that black pride in his copious sampling of jazz, R&B, soul, funk, and disco.
This retrospective soulfulness isn't just a part of Dixon's productions and Black Mahogani imprint, though. It translates to his DJ sets too. And warping from vintage to future funk, a party with the Moodymann can feel like boogieing inside a time machine.
Moodymann with Lazaro Casanova and Jay-You. Saturday, August 13. Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami
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Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. Call 305-456-5613 or visit electricpicklemiami.com.