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New MCDE alert! Awesome gospel-inspired four tracker. He returns with a track that's been on hold since he did the remix for Midland's ‘What We Know’ in early 2012. It's another reboot of sorts: choosing his own MCDE imprint as the stage for the new record, Danilo directly confronts the legacy of his insanely loved ‘Raw Cuts’ series that brought the bounce back to deep house, injecting a blueprint grown stale with much-needed emotions and rejuvenating DJ crates worldwide.

'Send A Prayer Pt.1' is exactly the kind of raw sample-based house track that made the 'Raw Cuts' series so good - like KDJ and Theo at their very best, this is the kind of deep house that has the boys AND the girls rocking on the dancefloor with smiles on their faces. 'Send A Prayer Pt.2' ditches the raw sound in favour of a warmer, bass-heavy, Rhodes-heavy rumble - funky! 'The Stranger' goes deep into jackin' territory with a rattling bleep-house number for sweaty basements. The sublime, soulful and hefty 'SP11' closes the EP.

Four tracks that make you wish you could instantly be teleported to a packed 2am dancefloor right now.

Motor City Drum Ensemble

Raw Cuts Remixes - Marcellus Pittman / Mike Huckaby / Recloose Remixes

Back in the heady days of 2008/09 (was it really that long ago?) Danilo Plessow, AKA Motor City Drum Ensemble dominated clubs worldwide with a series of killer cuts called "Raw Cuts". Drawing inspiration in equal parts from jazz, soul and disco, as well as those Detroit house cats we all love so dear, Plessow quickly landed on a singature sound of  raw, emotional and mature sample-based tracks. Now Danilo takes the project to its natural conclusion by inviting some of the people who inspired him to make music in the first place to rework his modern house classics. First up is 3 Chairs firestarter Marcellus Pittman, who offers a rattling and rugged Detroit groove stitched together from a combiantion of samples from all across the Raw Cuts series. Rather than this resulting in a mega mix homage to MCDE, Pittman's trademark playful rhythms and warm soul bursts through to create a track that's MCDE to the power MP. Class. Next up, the legendary Mike Huckaby ups the pace a little and creates his own sample house screamer featuring snatches of Plessow's originals. The keen eared listener might spot a drum break here, a hi hat there, and the ever present keyboard, but this is very much Huckaby's own creation. And it's got a killer bassline, so don't wait. Lastly, deplaced Detroiter Recloose offers his take on the series, delivering one of his trademark emotive and transportive house jams rich with swooning strings and funky keys. Not only does this 12" feature three readymade club weapons, it shows an interesting and innovative apporach to the concept of the remix EP. Essential tackle G. 

Motor City Drum Ensemble

Raw Cuts # 1 & 2

Motor City Drum Ensemble are back in style on this mystery 12" that just popped up yesterday. "Raw Cuts #1" is a brilliant example of a simple loop being exploited to its full potential, it's a pretty unrelenting groove, with brilliant kiddy style voices on repeat, tight beats and a bassline teased out of the bottom end of the loop, layer up some FX and you have a winner. Over on side-B "Raw Cuts #2" has a distinctly more disco flavour being a big old slab of live bass, congas and a sample of "Ooh This Feeling" by Frank Hooker & Positive People makes for a pretty ace nu disco outing.


12" Info: This massive club stormer gets a long overdue repress!

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Thanks for posting about it. It’s here until next Friday May 3rd btw.
Wed 24th - 8:58
Yes! Thanks @NME for the feature. Come and visit @ianbrown
Tue 23rd - 9:48
It’s great isn’t it?! Glad you liked it and hope your wish comes true.🤞🏻
Mon 22nd - 5:55
Thank you. Come back soon.
Mon 22nd - 3:49
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