Detroit Tech Legend Stacey Pullen Comes To Rubix Liverpool
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Detroit Tech Legend Stacey Pullen Comes To Rubix Liverpool

Tue 23 Feb 2016 at 20:03 by Distant Echo in blog


We’re big fans of that old dance music here at Distant Echo, and there’s few better examples of how well it’s done than Rubix. They’ve been bringing some great names to Liverpool for a while, including international talent such as Robert Dietz (who played a couple of weeks ago) and the Keinemusik collective alongside UK heavy hitters Mark  Fanciuilli and Seb Zito, but their next booking is a name who carries a lot more historical weight.

Stacey Pullen was one of the most predominant players of the second wave of Detroit techno, part of the generation that helped bring dance music forward from the early wigged out genius of the acid house era. Alongside the likes of Theo Parrish and Jeff Mills he was responsible for creating music that evolved from the droning beats that made so much sense in warehouses, adding textures of jazz to the mix alongside a smorgasbord of other sounds.

Whilst a lot of the attention for the crossover of US sounds in the nineties in Liverpool and Manchester was more house focused, the likes of Todd Terry and Tony Humphries and regularly playing at Cream and the Hacienda, techno was a crucial aspect too. Bugged Out in both cities alongside Voodoo in Liverpool were bringing US DJs like Mills and Green Velvet to the city, and it was Pullen’s space age grooves which set him out as one of the key players – recording under the aliases Bango and Kosmik Messenger before recording for Kevin Saunderson’s legendary record label KMS. 

Later on he would establish his own imprint Black Flag Recordings, before the jazz experimenting gained traction with the likes of Gilles Peterson and 4Hero. The last decade he was a frequent guest for Circus as well in Liverpool, and returns for his second show for Rubix this time pushing his label.

Black Flag has seen music from Pleasurekraft and previous Rubix guests Neverdogs, and for this party rising German star Youcef Elaid joins the show. His gilt edged house grooves have found favour with Inmotion Music, Music On and D-Floor, and he remains one of the most hotly feted stars of the future. Rubix residents Chris McGee and Lee Charnock will support. 

Stacey Pullen plays Rubix, District Liverpool, Saturday 5th March 2016. You can get tickets here.