Cutting his teeth in clubs back in Detroit’s heyday, it’s fair to say that DJ, producer and label boss KAI ALCE has been at it for awhile. Tapping out of Detroit to lay down roots in Atlanta instead, Kai Alcé was responsible for bringing his new hometown into the spotlight thanks to his party DEEP, which did exactly what it said on the tin – deep house and techno – and hosted the likes of Chicago’s Steve “Silk” Hurley, the UK’s Phil Asher and NYC’s Joe Claussell. In 2002, the promoter come producer stepped into the studio to craft acclaimed releases on Moodymann’s Mahogani Music and Omar S’s FXHE among others, before deciding he could probably do the whole imprint thing himself, setting up NDATL MUZIK in 2008.
With a name that pays homage to Alce’s three favourite music scenes – New York, Detroit and Atlanta – an informed listener will know the kind of silken, soul driven sounds to expect from NDATL long before ever putting needle to wax. The label’s latest release, The Hybrid EP stays true to form; it’s a deep and delicately woven cut of the most exquisite kind, no surprise given the track’s creator is Track Mode label legend, BRETT DANCER. Layered, shuffling and delightfully melty, it’s proof that the early influences of Detroit still have a place in a more modern, more hypnotic soundscape, it just takes a true talent to spin them right.