“The 2nd installment of the ‘Legends Guest Mix Series’ brings Detroit ’s DJ Stingray to Electronic Explorations. Growing up all I listened to was music coming out of Detroit, Juan Atkins, Mike Banks, Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Drexciya etc … Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray has been releasing music under Urban Tribe, and more recently as DJ Stingray and Stingray313 …. I’m totally honoured to have DJ Stingray feature on EE, a major player in the Detroit techno scene and tour DJ for Drexciya in their final days” Rob Booth
How and where did you record the mix?
The mix was recorded here in Detroit on two turntables.
A few words about the idea behind the mix?
Ammunition for zombie defense.
What’s going on in the next 6 months release wise ?
Misinformation campaign EP on Trust records / Urban Tribe LP on Planet E / A Micron Audio release coming very soon !
Any plans to come over to the UK/Europe in the near future? For sure, we’re working on some DJ Stingray shows for the UK and Europe in October. For further info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Stingray, real name Sherard Ingram, is one of Detroit’s most uncompromising producers and selectors. Perhaps best known for his association withDrexciya, for whom he was balaclava-wearing tour DJ, Ingram’s own contribution to the music of the Motor City and beyond is enormous.
One of the things that makes Ingram such a star in our book is how he can nail a groove at pretty much any tempo you care to mention. While The Collapse of Modern Culture unfolded at a languid, almost trip-hop pace, subsequent Urban Tribe releases on Rephlex and TRUST tend towards a breakneck electro sound that our man has made his own – think the aquatic techno-funk of Drexciya invested with some of the pace and priapic energy of ghetto-tech, and you’re in the zone. It’s a sound Ingram has honed to perfection in his DJ sets, and taking it further into the realm of minimalism with 12″ releases as Stingray313.
What’s really interesting is how compatible Ingram’s musical vision is with the current mutant sounds coming out of the UK underground, and elsewhere. You can detect his influence – conscious or otherwise – in the work of Instra:mental, Greena and countless other British producers of note, and tellingly last year he released his ‘Sphere of Influence’/’Sentiment’ single on [NakedLunch], the forward-thinking dubstep label that’s home to productions from Boddika, Scuba and Breakage. Back in the States, meanwhile, Ingram has found common ground with Chicago’s juke school: a collaboration with DJ Rashad is apparently forthcoming.
2010 saw the release of a new album from Urban Tribe, known both as Urban Tribe asProgram 1-12. Working once more with Craig, Shake and Dixon (who released the album through his Mahogani Music imprint), this was a supremely accomplished and effective effort, bursting with ideas and attitude, ranging from all-out speaker-bashers like ’0001′ (like a more elegant take on UK funky) to the streamlined boogie of 00012.