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Kenny Dixon Jr also known as Moodymann is a techno/house musician based in Detroit, Michigan. He creates a thoroughly hybrid form of techno/house dance music via his innovative use of reworked riffs, samples and grooves taken from that city's historically influential jazz, soul, funk, and disco scene. He offers a friendly wink backwards at the innovative early 1990s rave scene musicians through his extensive use of old movie sound track samples, mainly culled from the old blaxploitation and b-movie genres. He also shares very political views on the current state of techno, decrying the lack of black techno and the white domination of the genre.

Kenny worked at several Detroit record stores in the mid-nineties including a store owned by Detroit Techno producer Blake Baxter. During the mid-nineties Kenny was also the resident DJ at the Detroit based Outcast Motorcycle Club. At that time he was known as "House". After his first several releases on Planet E Records Kenny became quite popular in France and from there his popularity grew.

Albums released

  • Silent Introduction (Original Release Date: November 18, 1997 Label: Planet E)
  • Forevernevermore (Original Release Date: 2000 Label: Peacefrog Records)
  • Silence in the Secret Garden (Original Release Date: June 10, 2003 Label: Peacefrog Records )
  • Black Mahogani (Original Release Date: July 13, 2004 Label: Peacefrog Records)
  • Black Mahogani 2 (Original Release Date: October 26, 2004 Label: Peacefrog Records)
  • The Moodymann collection (Original Release Date: July 30, 2006 Label: Mahogani Music)

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