The first installment of Back to the Deep of 2023 is going big as we welcome a new legend of Detroit and Dirt Tech Wreck label head Waajeed. As a student and teacher of the new Detroit sound and revolutionary on all counts, Waajeed’s work stretches far beyond the studio and the decks. A co-founder of Underground Music Academy, a music school that champions social justice values & artistic independence, he is both a musician and community organizer dedicated to a deeper mission. His latest release, Memoirs of Hi-Tech Jazz, was inspired by revolutionary efforts against oppressive hegemonies in Detroit, and in Black locales around the world. It is a sound score evocative of that resistance and reminder that although violence and injustice looms.

As always, Jenifa Mayanja takes us on a sonic excursion through the deep waters of house and this welcomes fellow resident and crate-digger, Shawn Dubs.