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Having torn up raves for well over a decade, the Detroit duo Rickers and Ted Krisko AKA Ataxia recently released their long-player ‘Out Of Step’ on Life & Death. The album features guest spots from close peers DJ Minx, Andrés and Mr Joshooa, they twist house, techno, electro, breakbeat and rave into revitalized new shapes; embellished with a touch of soul, funk and hip hop.

With backgrounds in hardcore and punk, Ataxia’s debut is suffused with that energy, attitude, and approach; this is raw, lean and unashamedly no-nonsense dance floor tackle that goes straight for the jugular. Heavily analogue, the album experiments with tape saturation, which harks back to the duo’s formative years in bands, recording demos to cassettes.

These straight-up, in-the-red tracks give preference to overdriven drum machines, rather than generic polished sheen, but conversely, it’s all deceptively well-crafted too; ‘Out Of Step’ is a standout record that’s big in character, bringing to mind the renegade spirit of Underground Resistance, and the bombastic brilliance of The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers.

Today, they join us on the podcast for the first time. Listen to it below, on Mixcloud or iTunes here.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
True Detroit House Music for your Mind Body and Soul.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Scott Grooves – Only 500

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
Scott Grooves.

Tell us about your new album?
Our new joint is OUT OF STEP, a full-length, double LP on Life and Death. We were lucky enough to reel in Andrés, DJ Minx & Mister Joshooa to jam with us on the record. The artwork was designed by rave legend Steven Reaume, and the album photography was shot by David Pauley, a long time friend, and happens to have taken more photos of us than anyone over the years.

It’s got a lot of personal touches, full of Detroit crew, and a lot of love on the mix…had to have it hittin reel right…we dropped the collab w Minx on this mix so y’all can check it directly.

Respect to DJ Tennis and the label for believing in what we do and sharing in the same spirit…bringing punk NRG to the rave since day 1.

What have you got coming up?

We are back on the road! Hitting up some nice clubs in North America in 2023 after much-needed time off. Making an album while balancing family and work life is no small feat. It’s truly a joy to get out there to rock with the people.

Musically speaking, we are working on new material for one of our home labels, 20/20 Vision, always a challenge because the pedigree is so high with that camp…the projects with them always grow us! We are wrapping up an EP due for Mike Shannon’s Cynosure imprint, a dream label for us, no doubt. And there is a batch of bangers on deck for an extended EP as a follow-up for Life and Death down the road as well! Plus we are getting Paul Woolford aka Special Request in on some hot ish, wait for it!

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?

Listen with your feet not your mouth. Be excellent to each other.

TRACKLISTING:

Falling Into Places – Sound Response
Scott Grooves – Patience
Kez YM – Butterfly
Derrick Russo – Ocean Hill Groove 
Butterbandz – Ultra Instinct
Scott Grooves – Only 500
Scott Grooves – Cookies & Cream
Drivetrain – The Greatest (Hard Times Mix)
Blackjack – Galatic Wave
Eddie Fowlkes – Hold Me Down
Norm Talley & Moodymann – Jus Hangin (D’Julz Mash Up Remix)
Butterbandz ft OB Ignitt – Anarchy
Ataxia & DJ Minx – Maxia
Generation Next – Hot Girls, Cold Beer
ADMN – Evening Acid
A. Garcia & M. Kretsch – Invasion
DJ Compufunk – Inner Vision
Scott Grooves – Lights Out
Patrice Scott – 2000 Black
Andrés – Sinners

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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