KDJ represents the music label run by Kenny Dixon Jr based in Michigan, USA and launched back in 1994. Kenny Dixon Jr. aka Moodymann is a producer/DJ from Detroit. He has created a thoroughly hybrid form of techno/house dance music via his innovative use of reworked riffs, samples and grooves taken from that citys historically influential jazz, soul, funk and disco scene.
Kenny Dixon, Jr.'s outspoken views on the state of black techno and his aversion to publicity put him in a league occupied by few Detroit producers other than Underground Resistance supremo "Mad" Mike Banks, though his tech-house productions as Moodymann are soulful in a league few could expect.
Dixon began producing early in the '90s, and inaugurated his own KDJ Records in 1994 with the Moody Trax EP. Following singles like "The Day We Lost the Soul" and "I Can't Kick This Feelin When It Hits" proved one of the best fusers of short, soulful disco samples to the harder minimalist Detroit techno.
Further singles for '''After Midnight, Music Is...'', and Carl Craig's Planet E Records (including the brilliant Dem Young Sconies EP) solidified Dixon's place in Detroit techno, though his stance on promotion remained firm. Much of his KDJ output appeared on 1997's A Silent Introduction, while the following year's Mahogany Brown brought much new material. Forevernevermore, released in 2000, collected more of his KDJ material and added several new tracks as well.
Moodymanns latest release from 2013 is called ABCD, and is available only on vinyl. A mini album with a total of seven tracks. There is always a certain mystery around Moodymann. He proves this by releasing his latest ABCD record without any form of promotion. The record just appeared in local record stores.
Sublabels: Mahogani Music, NFD, Private Collection.
Besides his own production that dominates the imprint of Moodyman, KDJ Records is also the for other several artists, just a few to name: Rick Wilhite, Theo Parrish, Andres, Alton Miller.