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CFC Windsor/Detroit




KeroThe latest signing to Marco Haas' exemplary Shitkatapult label is from Windsor, Ontario, home of Richie Hawtin.

If you're expecting the arid, analogue crunch found on the recent crop of singles on this label, you'll be surprised.

Kero's music is much closer in spirit to the classic Detroit techno of the Belleville Three than to the 'knarz' sequencing of Herr Pitzelberger or T. Raumschmiere. But he departs from pure, melodic Motown sounds on tracks such as Harmony Spark and Riversidedrive.

Kero pays a strange homage to one of Detroit's most (in)famous addresses on 230 Grand River, which might easily be read as 2030 Grand River, the home of the Submerge organization which encompasses at least ten labels, including Underground Resistance and 430 West, and is run by "Mad" Mike Banks, a key figure in Detroit's second wave.

As one would expect, Haas has a keen ear for original music and he managed to find a Canadian artist whose career is only just beginning.

Tim Haslett, November 6, 2001