Detroit Techno was formed as an escape from the mainstream. Similarly, The Detroit duo known as Reference focuses on the soul of electronic music, not the hype.

Reference consists of the Detroit-based artists Luke Hess & Brian Kage. The group was created for the expression of underground music and dance culture. Luke Hess is a name synonymous with the ‘dub techno’ sound but his roots go deeper than that. His continued hard work as a musician and his talent as a DJ has allowed him to release music on some of the most respected labels, and play some of the most prestigious clubs in the world. Brian Kage is the founder of the record label, Beretta music. Along with a countless number of successful releases, Brian’s experience as a producer, DJ, and label head has helped catapult the careers of some of today's brightest and best artists in the dance music community.

Like any pure artistic or avant-garde entity, they have no concern for following trends. Hess & Kage have come together to create music in it's truest form; Experimentation, soul, sweat, live instrumentation, and organic sounds all welded together to form deep and timeless music. The main concern of Reference is to stand diligently behind the foundation of underground culture and against the commercialism that longs to destroy the freedom of our senses.

Singles & EPs

BMG06 Reference - Reference vs. EP Part 1 album art Reference Reference vs. EP Part 1(12", EP) Berettamusic Grey BMG06 US 2008 Sell This Version
BMG05 Reference - Reference album art Reference Reference(12") Berettamusic Grey BMG05 US 2008 Sell This Version
PLE65320-1 Reference - Aeonian EP album art Reference Aeonian EP (EP) Planet E PLE65320-1 US 2010 Sell This Version
BMG07 Reference - Reference vs. EP Part 2 album art Reference Reference vs. EP Part 2(12", EP) Berettamusic Grey BMG07 US 2010 Sell This Version
200BLACK002 Reference - Ghetto Nebula album art Reference Ghetto Nebula (EP) 200 200BLACK002 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
200 028, 200028 Reference - Isolated Rhythm album art Reference Isolated Rhythm 200 Records (2) 200 028, 200028 Germany 2014 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

CINEMATICPOD 015 Reference - Cinematicpod #015 album art Reference Cinematicpod #015(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Cinematic Recordings CINEMATICPOD 015 UK 2013


PLE65339-3 Reference - Another Place album art Reference Another Place(2xFile, WAV) Planet E PLE65339-3 US 2011