Sunday, March 24, 2014
I've always thought Kodwo Eshun hit the nail on the head when he conceptualized Düsseldorf, Germany as the Mississippi Delta of electronic dance music culture. That sentiment, expressed in his book More Brilliant Than the Sun, is a direct reference to the enormous influence of Kraftwerk. The group's works in the '70s and '80s inspired a push towards electronics in dance music that resulted in the birth of house in Chicago, electro in New York and Miami, and, perhaps most directly, techno in Detroit. Now, 40 years since the release of Autobahn, electronic dance music is enjoying near-unprecedented levels of popularity in the mainstream, and the group is back touring.