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Cult heroes: Moodymann – the enigma who remade dance music | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cult heroes: Moodymann – the enigma who remade dance music

The mysterious Detroit musician abhorred the shiny sounds of the mid-90s and ousted them with nasty, dirty techno – electronic music with grit in its grooves

For a certain type of cult musical hero, a significant part of the appeal lies in remaining resolutely unknowable. Moodymann, a producer of obstinately beautiful house music, exemplifies this idea, his history a mesh of half-truths, rumours and silence that seems to refuse to resolve itself. As he puts it: “I don’t make music for the masses to dance to. I make music for the small majority that listens.”

In the mid-90s, when the first Moodymann releases started filtering into European record stores, all we knew about him was that he was called Kenny Dixon Jr, he came from Detroit (and was proud of it), he had a family background in jazz, and he ran his own record label, KDJ.

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by Ben Cardew via Electronic music | The Guardian