Tracks on Vol 1 come from the likes of Piem, Jesse Rose, Antwon Faulkner and more
Since its inception in 2002, Chuck Daniels’ Sampled Detroit label has become one of the world's most highly regarded house and techno outlets, but here, to celebrate their 16th anniversary, they've come up with something rather special even by their own standards. Sampled Sixteen will be a three-part release, and to give it a real homegrown feel, renowned Detroit artist Michelle Tanguay designed the sleeve artwork for all three releases.
Vol 1 features original tracks from Jesse Rose, Hazmat, ADMNN, Antwon Faulkner, Piem, Hiroko Yamamura and Angel Alanis alongside Daniels himself. First up is Chuck’s own What, a technoid beast with amped-up vocal samples and old school drum machine sounds. That's followed by Jesse Rose's Non Stop [Dub], a tripped-out track with panned female vocal samples, a rolling beat and eerie synths to give it tension. Next comes Hazmat's Take Him To Detroit, which has swung percussion, vocal samples saying “take him to Detroit” and some deep-down, spaced-out synth sounds.
All the tracks are techno in orientation, but some are more laidback than others - like the next track, Formant Groove by ADMNN - but in general this is a proper dance-athon of a release, with tracks like Piem's It's All About, which is a call to the dancefloor if ever I heard one! In short, there are eight tracks on Vol 1 and every one of them is good enough to be a lead track. I can't wait to hear the rest of the volumes.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 23 March
Review Score: 8