Detroit based DJ Corbin Davis first launched himself into the electronic music industry in 1996 when he purchased his first set of decks and a drum machine. He emerged onto the scene in 1998 playing a diverse blend of techno that has fostered a strong local following. Corbin has played countless venues and parties including classic Detroit mainstays: The Packard Plant, The Works, The Motor Lounge, The Majestic Theatre and Mack and Bellevue.
Tetzzie – Autopilot – Dboy002
Detroit’s Tetzzie (aka Corbin Davis) offers dark Techno and tempo variations on his first solo release, Autopilot. This is the second installment in the Dboy™ series of digital outings from Detund™ and pixel based art collective eBoy™. Autopilot is yet another impressive step forward for Detund after receiving much praise for its first Dboy™ effort featuring the exotic and moody dubstep vibes of Mean Rich Mud by San Fransisco’s Exillon.
Tetzzie’s debut is nothing short of greatness: Autopilot is introspective much like its humble architect. The 5 song EP starts with Dark Shadows, a driving, emotive, pulsating 8-minute passage through serious Detroit Techno sounds. As the album progresses, it slows down, the songs becoming more compact and deepen with intensity.
Second on the album, Falling Rain almost keeps pace with the first track, but quickly warps into a spiralling descent of echoey, oscillating drips suggesting Tetzzie’s beautiful abilities to manipulate the monomachine and its sister, the machinedrum in sync with the Virus TI and controlled by Lemur.
Next up, Reflexive mellows out with squeaky effects and polished Tetris harmonies dropping at the end of each bar, slightly morphing effects each time. At about 3 minutes in the song pauses to look back and changes pace to round out – a perfect lead-in to Urban Lights, which begins to waver with new, dare I write, dubstep rhythms. But don’t expect any typical grating wobble bass here: Tetzzie keeps it dark and serious without any cheap effects. Probably my favourite track on the album, Urban Lights is rich with glitches that create a bare melody.
Autopilot finishes up with a true dub tempo: Vector Space contains the most melody and Tetzzie does a great job slowing down to make listeners hang anticipate his next move. There are parts where he gets downright minimal: this is one of Detund’s more versatile release, suitable for dancefloors or chill rooms.