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It’s a fact that some of the best music from America these past 50 years has been made in Detroit, a.k.a. Motor City a.k.a. Motown a.k.a. simply The D. Except for the automobile industry, soul music and Robocop, Detroit is probably best known as the birthplace of techno which is why Resident Advisor recently visited the city in the second part of their Real Scenes series:

“You can’t talk about electronic music without mentioning Detroit./…/Quite simply, Detroit is a city of extremes, and its music reflects that. These days, Detroit’s importance in the global electronic music scene is often referred to in the past tense. When we visited the city, though, we found a number of artists with their eyes (and ears) firmly set towards the future.”

(If you’re looking for more hard, futuristic techno you should listen to The Outland Mix, our first FEATURED MIX from way back in May.)

(More Detroit music below:)

Of course, rappers and producers like Eminem, Royce da 5’9 and Black Milk have put Detroit on the hip hop map, but none quite like the late J Dilla who produced for everyone from The Pharcyde to Erykah Badu to Janet Jackson, aside from just releasing excellent beats of his own. Anyway, listen to two of Detroit’s finest, Phat Kat and Slum Village’s Elzhi, do their thing on this track:

If you’re interested in the city’s history, BBC’s documentary Requiem for Detroit? is a good start – take a look at the opening scene:

To end it all, the track that gave this post its name: