The 7 Best Destructo Vinyl Tracks To Listen To Right Now
With global warming and the industry waking up, the amount of quality vinyl being released is at an all time high. So much so that it is difficult to follow all the music to recommend to you.
So to help you with some of the heavy lifting, we’ve enlisted industry legend and vinyl enthusiast Gary Richards, aka Destructo, to help curate even more quality recommendations, just for you before his set. tomorrow night at the Leland City Club hosted by MeanRed Productions.
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Richards’ set of song selections play almost like a recipe for his G-House sound, blending pioneering electronic classics from Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder with West Coast hip-hop standards from Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and adding a touch of darkness. by Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.
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Destructo’s 7 Best Vinyl Recommendations
Giorgio Moroder: “The Pursuit”
Buy the album: Midnight Express soundtrack
I mean, what can you say, this is the most classic electronic jam in cinema.
For me, I always imagine the movie and I remember the story of the guy in the movie, and that theme that made it stand out and obviously meeting Giorgio and really understanding what was going on behind it.
Synths really touched me when I was little.
I did a remix or let’s just say a “kick” and Giorgio was mad at me because he said I missed a note. He fixed it and everything was fine.
Buy the album: Computer World
My dad played them on the radio and he was friends with their manager Ira early in their career.
That’s when I was first exposed to Kraftwerk in the 70s, when I was still a very small child, but every time I hear synths, my ears perk up .
I’ve never heard anything like that sound, but I just loved it. I remember when I got my first car, they released ‘Electric Cafe’. I remember driving and during the kick it made my mirrors vibrate. Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, two of the best in my book – but this record is stellar.
Planet Patrol: “Play at your own risk”
Buy the album: Planet Patrol
This disc actually sampled “Numbers” by Kraftwerk. I mean Tommy Boy Records. We moved to DC in New Orleans and my dad was on radio in New Orleans and Tom Silverman sent all these records for my dad to play.
He’s always been into Funk and Soul, but when this record came out, it was Electro Funk. It was when I was getting older and I love all of his records. Afrika Bambaataa, Jonzun Crew. ‘Play At Your Own Risk’ does have that melody though.
Of all the Tommy Boy Records, this tune is right up there. You know, there’s a story about this song about him telling the girl… you know, play at your own risk, because I might not be here tomorrow. Listen to the lyrics and the melody, it tells this story.
Eazy-E: “Boyz in the Hood”
Buy the album: Eazy-Duz-It
So we moved from DC to New Orleans to LA. I went to high school in LA. I got my car back and I think I listened to this record.
This and Eric B & Rakim. I picked up my Volkswagen GTI with my 6 x 9 in the back. Crushed him. It was the record where right before you parked your car to go to school, you lined it up and blew it and the bass exploded.
This song still works at the club. You drop that and the whole room goes crazy.
Dr. Dre: “Let Me Ride”
Buy the album: The Chronicle
When that record came out, it changed the world.
My brother used to work at Interscope Records and everyone kept saying ‘Snoop’s record is coming’, it’s going to be bigger, and I was like how is it going to be bigger? It’s all about the melody on this track.
I’m all about the melody.
Eric B & Rakim: “I know you have a soul”
Buy the album: paid in full
I do not know what to say.
This one was a bit before Dre, but this one was around Eazy-E. MTV Raps was playing and that’s how I discovered this record. I love this album. I listen to this record from beginning to end. At the time, I didn’t realize Eric B was a DJ.
It took me a while to figure that out. Maybe it’s that funky beat on the record that you can easily dance to. The sensation on this record is Rakim’s voice.
Nine-inch nails: “closer”
Buy the album: Downward spiral
Staying in the Interscope vibe, I still love Trent, I think I saw him on MTV on 120 minutes or something and was like what the hell is this?
Hear the electronics with a few bullets. I chose this song because anyone can write a hook of a song that says “I want to fuck you like an animal” – you win!
Who is Destructo?
Destructo has been called one of the biggest in the EDM world by major music industry publications. He’s a music veteran who’s been producing and making an explosive mix of electro and hip-hop since the early 90s.
The Los Angeles-based artist, who began his career as A&R for Def American Recordings, has collaborated with major artists like E-40, Too $hort, Busta Rhymes, YG, Kurupt and Ty Dolla $ign.
Since 2007, its HARD Event brand has established itself as one of the best booking groups in the world, like Skrillex, Diplo, etc.
For nearly three decades, the prolific producer, remixer, promoter and DJ has been an integral part of the electronic music world, and on May 14, come find out why Destructo is coming to Detroit’s industrial Leland City Club, courtesy of MeanRed.