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Storm Queen

Surprise Queen is one of the outlet stores for Morgan Geist, a manufacturer dynamic since a Detroit techno-inspired 1994 EP released on Dan Curtin’s Metamorphic label. Through the past due ’90s and early 2000s, Geist’s profile more than doubled as one-half of Metro Region, a duo that — along with friend Daniel Wang — preceded the dance music underground’s breakthrough of early-’80s post-disco. For Surprise Queen, Geist included Damon C. Scott — kid of early Globe, Wind & Fireplace vocalist Sherry Scott — a busker he came across in NY City’s subway. Beside Scott, a robust and energizing vocalist in the way of the Difference Band’s Charlie Wilson, Geist directed to make contemporary, disco-rooted home music with analog equipment. The singles “Appear THROUGH” (2010), “It CONTINUES ON” (2011), and “Let’s Make Errors” (2012), all released on Geist’s Environ label, had been all well received. The debut was certified to England’s Defected, which released a set of EPs with remixes from Jamie Jones, Artwork Section, Aeroplane, Dimitri from Paris, and MK (experienced manufacturer and Detroit indigenous Marc Kinchen). In November 2013, an edit from the MK vocal remix dethroned Eminem’s “The Monster” as the main hit over the U.K. Singles Graph — one among minimal predictable industrial breakthroughs within any genre.

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