Urban tribe’s funky electro from Detroit
After a long hiatus the legendary Urban Tribe (Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray joined by Carl Craig, Moodymann and Antony Shakir….) returns with this amazingly fast and funky 12″ on Planet E. Insolitology slows things down and wears its German electronica / Kraftwerk influences firmly on its sleeve. A gated, electro beat meets spacey synth lines and intergalactic arpeggios. As a matter of fact, nobody really sounds quite like S. Ingram (aka Urban Tribe), a talent that has moved through various shapes and forms in the Detroit underground with a constant thread of hi-tek electro soul tying all his material together. Urban Tribe is one of the second wave artists from Detroit who is known for his collaborations with Carl Craig, Anthony Shakir and Moodymann. Ingram has been at the forefront of Detroit’s musical history and throughout his recording career Urban Tribe has managed to remain one of the most uncompromising and mysterious producers. Ingram has consistently avoided the mainstream to create a musical world of his own. In recent years he has been best known for his spinning moniker DJ Stingray, representing his brand of hi-speed and frantic electro in a ski-mask. And it makes perfect sense that this track from Detroit’s Sherard Ingram (a.k.a. Urban ) comes courtesy of Carl Craig’s Planet E label; the vintage aesthetic and warm analog timbres are wholly reminiscent of fellow Craig cohort Etienne Jaumet. “Insolitology” takes you on a relatively slow-paced, scenic journey through wavering synth melodies and sparse bits of spacey sonics, all floating along past the song’s elegantly tumbling bassline and steady house beat that carry you the whole way. This is electro music at its finest. I dare you to resist it.
Urban tribe : Insolitology (Planet E : 2010)