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    Urban Tribe’s ‘The Collapse Of Modern Culture’ is an under-the-radar masterpiece of Detroit futurism

    Released in 1998, Urban Tribe’s ‘The Collapse Of Modern Culture’ stepped outside of tempo and genre. A communal work helmed by Sherard Ingram (aka DJ Stingray), in which patience and empathetic listening are rewarded, the album’s chroniclers are Motor City bards: Anthony Shakir, Kenny Dixon Jr., and Carl Craig all show up as collaborators. Ingram and his Detroit buddies performed meditation on consumerist melancholy at the end of the millennium. Didn’t get the memo?  Neither did most.

    Even when it was new, the sheer strangeness of ‘The Collapse Of Modern Culture’ was too unusual a proposition for mass audiences. On the face of it, the coming together of such Detroit artists should really have made a bigger…

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