jonny white: music to... drive to detroit

Tune into this mix from Canadian house legend Jonny White of Art Department.

by i-D Staff
30 April 2015, 12:43am

Canadian duo Art Department, Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White, have been one of house and techno's most loved mainstays for the past five years. Having toured the world together, with two albums and countless singles under their belts, it was recently announced that Kenny would be leaving the band to pursue his solo career. The pair will continue to work together on other projects, including their new Social Experiment label (a non-profit imprint designed to help raise money to conserve wildlife in South Africa) whilst also dabbling in new musical projects.

As we look forward to new beginnings, make the most of this exclusive mix from Jonny White as he soundtracks his journey to Detroit for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Kick back, hit cruise control and press play on this blend of road worthy jams.

"Growing up in Toronto, just 4 hours away from Detroit, our crew used to take road trips up to Detroit every May to attend DEMF, one of my favourite techno festivals. I would put together a mix each year for the festival, sometimes techno, sometimes italodisco or hip hop. With DEMF just around the corner I thought this would be a fitting opportunity to put together some music for a mission to the Motorcity" Jonny White.


1. Baby Huey & The Babysitters - Hard Times/The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend - 1971
2. Andre 3000 - Where Are My Panties (interlude)/Speakerboxxx The Love Below - 2003
3.Gnarles Barkley - Who's Gonna Save My Soul/The Odd Couple - 2008
4. Al Green - Gotta Find A New World/Green Is Blues - 1969
5. Silver Tounge - When You Go/Tricky - Adrian Thaws - 2014
6. O.V. Wright - Let's Straighten It Out/The Bottom Line - 1978
7. Sly Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black/(single) - 1970
8. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Help Me Make It Through The Night (Intro)/Standing Ovation - 1971
9. Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street/(single) - 1972
10. Vakula - Dancing Woof (Skit)/You've Never Been To Konotop - 2013
11. Ann Peebles - Troubles, Heartaches & Sadness/Straight From The Heart - 1971
12. MoodyMann - Sloppy/Cosmic - 2014

Music to shift your mood from staying in to staying up all night...
I'm going to say some Outkast or something on that tip, say Wheelz Of Steel off the ATLiens album. That will do it.

Music for fiery arguments and emotional goodbyes...
I don't think that would be one and the same. I'm sure no music was made with hopes of being a soundtrack to fiery arguments. The best thing would probably be some Dave Chapelle audio to lighten the mood. For emotional goodbyes, maybe something cheesy but good-cheesy. Like Velvet Revolver Fall To Pieces.

Music to kiss and make up to...
Maybe this one is Velvet Revolver?

Music to heal a broken heart...
I don't think anything does that... But either some rock or some old R&B. Maybe Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here. Or maybe that would hurt more?..

Music to get high to...
Haha, Depends, On what and where?... That even depends on what time and which colour of what...

Music to change your night from mediocre to magnificent...
Magnificent... when i think of that word I think of something classic, romantic. It has to be dramatic too. The Portishead album Dummy maybe?

Music to take a long drive to...
I like to drive to anything... I spent a lot of time listening to Lost Boyz' Legal Drug Money album when I used to spend a lot of time in my car... of course, I was in my teens at the time..

Music to walk down the aisle to...
Hmm, I haven't had to consider this yet. It should be an instrumental of some kind. Something Prince. Let's go with Nothing Compares 2 U, the original he wrote and performed with Rosie Gaines.

Music you'd like played at your funeral...
Definitely some rock, probably something folky or bluesy... Like some slower Alman Brothers or Niel Young

Music to have sex to...
That depends on so many factors. It changes the rhythm of everything. Sometimes even techno is good, more often it's rock, some darker electronica shit can be amazing cause it suits the darker industrial feel at my place, but always R&B. Here's an obvious one - D'Angelo. The Voodoo album. It's just been remastered and re-released on vinyl.

Music to celebrate your birthday to...
Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder's of course.

Music guaranteed to give you serious swagger...
Warren G., Regulate.

Music to make even the wallflowers dance to...
Only one person comes to mind. Gotta be Michael Jackson. Anything from Off The Wall.

Music to play at the afterparty when it's 6am and the sun is beginning to rise...
I have a section for this stuff in my collection... One of the best has got to be Lee Burridge and Mathew Deckay's Lost In A Moment or maybe Pepe Braddock Deep Burnt depending on the mood.

Music that could put even an insomniac to sleep...
Being a lifelong insomniac i can tell you that doesn't exist unfortunately... I know this is kind of noisy and anxiety inducing but any "EDM" should do the trick. It's the only music I know of that is completely uninteresting.

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