Mix of the Week – Luke Hess

Our Mix of the Week comes from Detroit’s Luke Hess with his guest mix on Steve Bug’s Present Play series.

Born in 1980 in Metro Detroit and subject to the city’s mid-90’s warehouse parties, Luke Hess has harnessed a deep appreciation for electronic music and the expression of the underground movement. His background in mathematics and engineering has given him a scientific approach to the dance-floor, using frequencies, tones, and soundscapes to transform surroundings and mood.

Luke’s faith based music production landed him a seat with Omar S’ FXHE label & Carl Craig’s Planet-e label in Detroit. Hess has celebrated original productions and remix material on labels such as DeepLabs, FXHE, Planet-e, Dolly, Motech, Rekids, Echocord, Kontra-Music, Modelisme, Ornaments, Echocord Colour, & more. In 2009, Luke released his first album, “Light in the Dark” on Denmark-based record label, Echocord. “Light in the Dark” received glowing reviews and was hailed by many as one of the best deep techno albums of the year. His second artist album “Keep On” was release on CD in 2012 and on 2×12″ vinyl in 2013 and received a superb score of 4.5/5 & recommended review on Resident Advisor.

With over 15 years of DJ experience and many notable LIVE sets across the world, Luke is regarded as a perfectionist on stage. Hess is known to layer his sets in a very detailed, hypnotic, & soulful manner. After playing many notable venues & festivals such as Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Awakenings Festival, Berghain & Panorama Bar – Berlin, Dimensions Festival, ENTER. – Ibiza, Fabric – London, Unit – Tokyo, De School – Amsterdam, Culture Box – Copenhagen, OUTPUT – NYC, Decibel Festival – Seattle, Bassment – Hong Kong, Concrete – Paris, Dude Club – Milan


01. Leafar Legov – Melting – Dial
02. Overmono – Echo Rush (Luke Hess EDIT) – XL Recordings
03. XDB – Desert Night – Dial
04. Deniro – Epirus – Tape Records
05. Benales – Turning Point – SINO
06. Russ Gabriel – Three Fifty One – Pariter
07. Maxwell Church – Skinstown – Lab.our
08. Oscar.Mike – Good To Me – Nightime Drama
09. Star Dub, Trevor Deep Jr., Tm Shuffle – Ittara: Varsovie – Vuo Records
10. Lapien – Ballad of a Man – Photic Fields
11. Andreas – Dune – Nightime Drama
12. Frequency – Panic Mode (2020 Version) Luke Hess EDIT – Repetitive Rhythm Research
13. Anton Kubikov (Thor & Octal Industries Remix) – When is Deep – AE Recordings

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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.