Moodymann is a gold-standard legend of house music and a scion of Detroit. Not only is he the absolute antithesis of EDM and the garish commercialism of modern electronic music, but he’s a torch bearer for the intricately woven history of our scene, both through his seemingly endless back catalog of productions, and his persistent insistence that house’s forefathers be not lost in time.
Known equally as Kenny Dixon Jr., Moodymann has an unrivaled knack for referencing the broad spectrum of Detroit and African-American music in his sets and his releases. The outspoken but enigmatic producer stands alongside the likes of Carl Craig and The Belleville Three as staunch protectors of Motor City’s afro-musical heritage. His releases are built around keenly unearthed blues and jazz samples repurposed artfully as deep, soulful house music.
Coming up in Detroit record stores in the mid-90s, Dixon Jr. was exposed to a rich spectrum of dance music, and was schooled on the deep, web of history from which the scene emerged. While he released music from as early as ‘92, his first major release was the ‘97 album Silentintroduction on Planet E Recordings, and he has since gone on to release on Rush Hour, Peacefrog, Rebirth, and on his own highly regarded imprints KDJ and Mahogani Music.
Essential Listening: His entire back-catalog. But for the sake of brevity, check out his killer 2010 set from the RBMA’s Roller Disco in London.