Artist profile: Motor City Drum Ensemble

Artist profile: Motor City Drum Ensemble

It would be a disservice to sum up Daniel Plessow aka Motor City Drum Ensemble's influences in a few words, but it goes without saying his approach to house music has resulted in some of the most emotive dance music released in the last few years. Finding inspiration is one thing, but what Plessow does is emphatically reflect his influences in his music, from jazz, soul and disco to labels like NuGroove, Trax and Prescription/Balance who have been integral in shaping his musical tastes.  

He commanded attention in 2008 with the Raw Cuts series on his own MCDE label, which, 7 years on, continues to stand in the top 6 of Juno Records' all-time top selling singles chart. Ranking among the Top 10 all-time charted artists on RA too, Plessow's every endeavour sends shivers down the spines of fans, tastemakers and peers alike - for each MCDE release is bound to make history. With the power he holds in his fingers, Motor City Drum Ensemble is sure to cast a spell unlike anything the Mansion has experienced before. If you need to be convinced then have a listen to these 3 essential MCDE tracks...

Dj Sprinkles - Grand central Part I (MCDE Bassline Dub)

Two pioneers, one track. MCDE takes the original masterpiece by DJ Sprinkles and flips it on its head, turning this into a deliciously deep club classic that gets any dancefloor moving. Undeniably one of the best remixes by MCDE.

Romanthony - Trust (MCDE Deep remix)

An introspective and delicate tune, 'Trust' gently treads the line between funk and house here. A classic dj tool for the beginning, middle or end of the night, somehow this fits every mood. The synths cut through what is an impeccably simple track, transcending it into unseen territory. 

Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts #3 

A little slice of disco heaven, this is classic MCDE from when he first burst onto the scene. An undeniable groove paired with warm inviting vocals over a deep bassline makes this a winning combination. This song signals the beginning of an illustrious career for MCDE.


Words by Kish Lal