After releasing his first solo EP, Feel This, Delano Smith got a call from Panorama Bar in 2005. It was the Detroit artist’s first gig in Europe, but it wouldn’t be his last. Smith’s lean, tracky take on deep house and dub techno found him a firm place in the heart of European DJs, a love affair that hit overdrive after the release of his first album, An Odyssey, on Sushitech in 2012. Judging from the dates, you’d assume Smith was a new Detroit export but in fact he’s one of its elder statesmen. He was DJing in Detroit on belt-drive turntables and mobile soundsystems before house or techno even existed, and came up under the wing of Ken Collier, one of the Motor City’s most significant DJ pioneers.
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