Various Artists

Comin' from Tha D, Vol. 2: Blueprint

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For many in Detroit, the first introduction to ghettotech (known as booty in its rawest forms) came via the Detroit-based radio station WJLB. Their late-night broadcasts from the now defunct nightspot Legends made the heavy bass and in-your-face lyrics synonymous with a classic, Detroit night on the town. Eventually, the music leaked into the suburbs, appearing at underground parties, and it started evolving into a solid breakoff of classic electro. It went from a music only heard in black clubs to a kind of music that could be heard rattling the metal of any car; no matter what neighborhood it was starting from or going to. Taking full notice of ghettotech's evolution and popularity is Intuit-Solar Records, who not only releases the music but hosts many of the artists who produce it. This installment of the Comin' From the D series acts as a grab bag of the label's artists, and each grab is a gain. For the first time on a larger-scale release, the Detroit Grand Pubahs showcase their solo efforts, each having a separate and strong musical presence. Tracks from LeCar, Ectromoph, and Dopplereffect well represent the deeper and also classic side of ghettotech. Productions from DJ Assault, Aaron-Carl, and Detroit's golden boy of booty, DJ Godfather, balance out the CD for those craving something a little more ghetto-fabulous. To lighten up the overall audio appearance, Tony Ollivierra and Sean Deason contribute contrasting, lighter efforts. The CD's one handicap is that Ectomorph's Brendan Gillen seamed the tracks together so well that a first-time listener is left to wonder when one track officially begins and ends, leaving little room for separate artist identity. However, Comin From the D: Blueprint encompasses the kind of talent that will keep Detroit's reputation for producing quality, forward-thinking artists alive and well.

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