Ta’Raach is a hard man to pin down. I know because I tried while in L.A last year and I simply couldn’t despite repeated phone calls and attempts. A situation my friend Gus Sutherland – who’s working on a Detroit documentary – has also experienced. And yet the Detroit native – and friend of Waajeed, Jay Dee, House Shoes and other pioneers from the motor city – is there, in the ether, in the background, doing things, recording music.
His importance to the history I’m trying to tell is hard to gauge, precisely because he’s a hard man to pin down and get to talk on the matter. But his name remains regularly checked by many, and even Flying Lotus went on record saying he wanted a Ta’Raach track for GTA V which unfortunately didn’t happen (from the ‘EL-O-VEE’ release). Whether it be beats or rhymes, Ta’Raach is a pioneer and a hard worker. He’s collaborated with countless contemporaries – Blu, Amp Fiddler, Waajeed – and released under the name Lacks as well as appearing on instrumental series for both Poo Bah Records and All City. Peep the discogs if you don’t know.
As luck would have it, he’s just put up the instrumentals for ‘The Fevers’ album he did in 2006 for Sound In Color – a label whose influence is rarely recognised. You can grab them from Bandcamp, the album featured a cast of LA and Detroit artists – Blu, Amp Fiddler, Big Tone – and remains a perfect snapshot in time, to be filed alongside the work of people like SA-RA.