The auto industry may have gone to hell, but Detroit still has music, and young Kyle Hall may be the city's finest new export. DJ Raybone Jones—who pulls double duty as a barber, shearing many of techno's masters—introduced him to dance music, and Hall's formidable talents have since attracted a series of serious mentors. Mike Huckaby taught him to program music with Reaktor; Three Chairs' Rick Wilhite schooled him in old-school house. He's already released records on Omar S's FXHE and Mike Grant's Moods & Grooves, and started his own imprint, Wild Oats. All of that may make him sound like a purist's prodigy, but jazz, r&b, and hip-hop influences round out his sound: Mom is singer Penny Wells, and pianist Sir Roland Hanna was a great-uncle—and Hall grew up in Dilla's city. Have we mentioned he is just 17? With Eamon Harkin, Justin Carter, and Doug Singer.
Sun., July 12, 3 p.m., 2009
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