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Celebrating Black History: Detroit techno icons

The birth of a genre inspired by one city's culture

  • Sydney Megan Jow
  • 7 February 2017
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Octave One

Conceptualized by Lenny and Lawrence Burden in the developmental years of Detroit techno, Octave One is a pioneering family affair, including revolving members Lynell, Lorne, and Lance, that has contributed hugely to the techno culture.

They first appeared with ‘I Believe’ on Derrick May’s Transmat label and have been prolific on their own 430 West imprint since the early '90s. Their live sets are still coveted, sporting a complex hardware setup and holding a unforgettable stage presence comparable to their Detroit legacy. This footage with an orchestra proves they've still got it.

Sydney is Mixmag's US Digital Content Editor. Follow her on Twitter here

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