Coachella has programmed some stellar techno acts to play in the festival’s infamous Yuma Tent over the years. 2015 saw the ripe appearance of J.E.S.u.S (aka Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream, and Seth Troxler), while 2017 marked the return of the Bellville Three to its confines. Keeping current and experimental with underground bookings is no easy task, but it appears Goldenvoice bookers have hit it out of the park this year with the showcase of Detroit Love: a trio comprised of Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, and Moodyman.
The supergroup’s pioneer, Carl Craig, is known for birthing a unique soundscape within techno and largely helped to pioneer what is now known as Detroit techno. “Love is what I have for my city, Detroit. ‘Detroit Love’ is my way of spreading this love, a love for music from the city, my heritage and who I am as a producer and performer” reads a description on Carl Craig’s website. “My love for Detroit is my inspiration, my inspiration is ‘Detroit Love’.”
According to Craig’s website, ‘Detroit Love’ was originally launched at ADE 2014 when he invited Detroit natives Recloose, Moodymann to the stage for a set spanning nu-disco, funk, soul, house, and techno. The set included live sampling, scratching, and editing.
Other notable underground acts making the Coachella lineup this year include the storied Chicago DJ The Black Madonna, South African beat scientist Black Coffee, Hot Creations mastermind Jamie Jones, the fabled Maceo Plex, and an incendiary up and comer in Motor City Drum Ensemble.