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Reality Ahead EP

by Brian Kage

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Lockdown 05:30


For Michigander’s fifth release, Brian Kage delivers four solid dance-floor fillers, each infused with a unique blend of melodic Detroit soul, intelligent acid and perfectly mixed percussion. Each offering teleports the listener into a future where social distancing has finally abated and celebration can commence.

Lockdown starts the record off with undulating 303 bass notes that groove around in a circular arpeggiated formation until hypnotic 909 percussion breaks through with echoing claps and weaves together a tale of futuristic tension building.

Hold On Pain Ends features a stabbing analog synth-line that repeats a half-beat phrasing contrasted with slamming technical percussion, a heavy kick and a lush pad that is perfect for late nights in a warehouse.

That Woman from Michigan contains gentle swinging upbeat percussion and deep soothing chords with samples of Governor Whitmer asking all Michiganders to do their part and join together in solidarity. A subtly modulating acid line builds tension into a perfectly resonating crescendo.

F.U Covid19 - An ominous swelling pad rips across the dystopian horizon as swinging rimshots build around a deep pulsing kick and a dirty mono synth swirl. Echoing vocal samples punctuate this acidic frenzy until the tension falls away giving dancers an opportunity to catch their breath before the next round of infectious rhythmic groove forces the hypnotic spell to intensify.


released June 1, 2020

Written, Produced and mixed by Brian Kage at The Bear Cave in Detroit
Mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann

Special thanks to: Jax, Mom & Dad, Charley, Omar, Mike at Archer, Norm Talley, Steve, Dietrich, Martin & Richard @ Rubadub, and to you for your support!

Dedicated to Mark David (MD!). DLUV 4 Life. Thank you for everything you did for our scene and our city! REST IN POWER!


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Brian Kage Detroit, Michigan

Brian is Detroit-based Techno Producer & DJ. Manager of the record label, Michigander, with releases on FXHE, Planet-E, Beretta Music, Deeplabs, and more. Together with Luke Hess, Brian Kage forms the duo known as 'Reference.' Brian also operates "Kage Mastering" providing mixing and mastering services for artists. ... more

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