Stacey Pullen knows a thing or two about Detroit techno.
Wildly excited and inspired by the new “electronic poetry”coming out of his city in the mid-late 1980s, the young Motor City native became friends with Derrick May and worked with the Innovator on several ventures. Under such aliases as Kosmik Messenger, X-Stacy, Silent Phase and Bango, and on labels including R&S, Transmat and Eclipse, Pullen himself did much to advance the techno sound over the course of the 1990s, incorporating elements of house, garage and broken beat into his raw, soulful productions.
Though his releases are a little more sporadic these days, he’s making some of the best music of his career. This month sees the arrival of a new single, ‘Circus Act’, on his own Blackflag Recordings imprint. Find out more about it, and check Pullen’s DJ schedule for the summer – including a set at Movement Festival Detroit, May 26-28, over at his official site.
Stacey’s passion for the original Detroit sound has only deepened with time, so we asked him to choose for us his top 10 techno classics from the 80s and early 90s. Derrick, Kevin, Juan and Carl are among the artists celebrated; who do you think is #1?