Line-up /HI-KU #003
Kyle Hall [Wild Oats/Hypercolour/Warp]
Jordan Plange [Archive]
Shola + Dry Bones + Resetti
As thanks for turning up and getting down at our last parties us fellas at Hi Ku wanted to do something special for y'all. So here is, straight outta Detroit to launch his debut LP, we bring you Kyle Hall.
Detroit wonderkind Kyle Hall has been immersed in music since conception. Born into Detroit’s second wave of techno and to a legacy of musicians, with renowned artists on both sides of his family; jazz, soul and gospel performers on mother’s side and house and techno on his father’s. His first foray into production came at age 11, around the time he was taught to spin records by legend and Uncle, DJ Raybone Jones. Subsequently, under the auspices of Motor City heroes Rick Wilhite, Mike Huckaby, Theo Parrish, Omar-S and Carl Craig, Hall has developed a transcendent understanding of Detroit’s deep house underground. By his early teens, Kyle was already performing radio and club shows, with his first break as a producer at age 16. Deep house luminary Omar-S brought Kyle’s sound to the global scene with his debut release on the FXHE label. Since then Hall has enjoyed continued support from Omar-S, whose 2009 Fabric radio mix consisted solely of Kyle Hall productions. Despite being rooted in the lineage of Detroit deep house, Hall’s productions look resolutely forward and refuse to be constrained by the established formulas of the genre. This versatility is showcased on Hall’s own imprint Wild Oats, established in 2008. The man himself can describe his label best - "I want the label to represent the stuff from Detroit, the feeling that I get when I’m here. A non-corrupted, and not a scene-oriented, feeling of creating music. That feeling of just doing the music that you love without all the frills. Wild Oats is about what works for Kyle Hall, the music that I think is good, filtered through me. It’s my life." Word. His first release on the label ”Worx of Art EP 1” not only demonstrated a mastery of deep house song forms but also an ability to move seamlessly between genres. A theme continued in further releases, with the soulful hip-hop of “I The Perfekt Sin” and the disjointed, futuristic electro present on ”The Dirty Thouz” EP. No matter what style of music Hall tries his hand at, he always leaves his own singular imprint.
Wild Oats has been met with wide critical acclaim and placed Kyle squarely on the radar of those interested in the future of electronic music. Indeed, Hall caught the attention of Kode 9 who enlisted him in remixing Darkstar’s beautiful and game changing “Aidy’s Girl is a Computer”. Kyle's most recent reworking, Dennis Ferrer’s “The Red Room” on Objektivity, shows his versatility as a producer, reaching all corners of the electronic music market. Other reworks include those of Jimmy Edgar, Space Dimension Controller and Emika. With releases on labels as diverse as WARP, CLONE RECORDS, HYPERDUB and OBJEKTIVITY it is clear that Kyle is not simply a Detroit hometown hero but an internationally renowned producer with a bright future ahead of him. The next step is the release of his debut ablum, “The Boat Party”, a 7 track double LP set for release on Wild Oats in the coming weeks. Hall has described the work as a ''fusion of original work, sample tracks, and raw edits". We can’t wait to hear it and so we thought we’d invite him over to play it out in person!
Hall's talents certainly don't stop at production with his mixing skills and selection culminating in appearances at Panorama Bar (Berlin), Circo Loco @ DC 10 (Ibiza), Tenax (Florence) and Melkweg (Amsterdam), as well as a very memorable appearance at WHP. He’s also found time to smash it on BOILER ROOM, twice! In short the guy is gold, and now he's at Joshua Brooks, just for you - enjoy!
If you haven’t seen Jordan P a.k.a P MAN tear it up at his own night ARCHIVE, then you’ve probably seen him doing his sweet business in some sweaty basement party. If not, trust us, the boy’s got the tunes, ya dig?
Shola + Dry Bones + Resetti
Providing the usual sweet sounds from Disco to Techno.
Cheap drinks, laaavly people and dodgy dancing courtesy of the best music-venue in Manchester - Joshua Brooks.
Visuals courtesy of Matt Mullins