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DJ Slym Fas Luv Music
01 :36
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House Of Jazz Hold Your Head Up
01 :36
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Risque III Essence Of A Dream
01 :36
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Licky African Rock
01 :36
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Bill Deal Freak N Freeze
01 :36
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Selectors 001
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CD

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SLCTRS 001CD SLCTRS 001CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/10/2016

What is a "Selector"? Dekmantel has long been determined to find out. The first compilation comes from Motor City Drum Ensemble. These are not mix CDs; every Selectors compilation will include a collection of hand-picked, unmixed tracks personally curated by the artist. Motor City Drum Ensemble (a.k.a. Danilo Plessow) has been digging for records since his teenage years, and his DJing has become the stuff of legend. In truth, Plessow's relationship with Dekmantel dates back to the earliest days of the Motor City Drum Ensemble project, making him a natural candidate to head up the inaugural Selectors compilation. As expected, he's thrown himself into the task; selecting a want list from his collection of 15,000 records was no easy task, but getting permission for the final tracklist was even tougher. One song in particular, Raphael Green's "Don't Mess with the Devil," required him to personally call up a church in St. Louis, Missouri. "The guy, he's a Bishop," he says. "When the Ferguson protests were happening, for example, he was on CNN explaining his thoughts on the whole thing, so he's a known public figure, but nobody really knew that he had this amazing record that was recorded in '79 or '80. His voice is just unbelievable. It's the kind of record that when I heard it the first time, I couldn't believe that there had only been like 100 copies pressed, and that this wasn't actually big." Motor City Drum Ensemble's record bag is full of these kinds of gems, but he has no qualms about sharing a few of his secret weapons with a wider audience. "I wanted to get some of the stuff that is really, really hard to get, and make it available for younger people," he explains. "I used to be in the same situation. Back when I was 18, I would listen to a Rainer Truby mix and he would only play these $400 Brazilian records. I was like, 'Fuck, how am I ever going to be able to afford these?' I was glad when there was a reissue, and it's a bit the same with the compilation now. Basically," he explains, "the approach for the compilation was, 'If I walked into a record store, what kind of compilation would I buy?' That's what I did." Features: DJ Slym Fas, House Of Jazz, 20 Below, Risque III, Licky, Raphael Green, Ahzz and Bill Deal