Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Carl Craig is primarily a producer; he spent years traveling the world as a top-rated DJ, but he often gave it up in favor of the studio, where his creativity was put to best use. Prior to his last hiatus from DJing, he de... more »
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Carl Craig is primarily a producer; he spent years traveling the world as a top-rated DJ, but he often gave it up in favor of the studio, where his creativity was put to best use. Prior to his last hiatus from DJing, he delivered a contribution to the DJ Kicks series that left him sorely missed. Craig is a selector par excellence, digging through the crates to find music which is dance-floor friendly, but challenging and interesting as well. There's a strong emphasis on material from his seminal Planet E label, and these make for the high points of the mix. Gemini's "A Moment of Insanity" and 4th Wave's "Electroluv," as well as "Jak the Basics" from Clark (a.k.a. LFO's Mark Bell), are all inventive and emotional dance-floor masterpieces. His own "DJ Kicks Track," on which he samples and recontextualizes elements of the mix, transcends the heady concept and stands up well on its own. --Matthew Corwine
An ode to "Mr. Techno Critic"
fetish_2000 | 07/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So Mr. Techno Critic from San Fran, tell me if you even know what techno music is, or if you've ever even heard of Transmat records. I live near Detroit and I know how influential and talented Carl Craig is. This is a good techno album- not great, but with all due respect good."
Rare dud from techno master
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Fans of harder techno may like this energetic mix cd, but fans of Craig may be disappointed. From a man known for his electicism and sophisticated style, this cd is surprisingly uniform and "banging." Look instead towards Craig's excellent compilation cds: the elegant "Designer Music" and the more get-down "All Access." Both of these are lots of fun for enthusiasts and the uninitiated alike."
A more than worthy Release from the 'DJ Kick's' label.......
fetish_2000 | U.K. | 02/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This would probably be my first introduction to `Carl Craig', and like the finest of the established Detroit Techno artists, his set is a steady progression of manipulating sound, and creating mood, as opposed to hands in the air E-generation.....this is music for the more (Dare I say it??) discerning listener, with Carl working little by little, building on his stable foundations to shift through various states of musically diversity without sudden shifts in tempo. Starting off with mostly sublime percussion tracks, it all hits a peak with the tremendous "Crazy Dream (reload mix)", leading perfectly into "I2I"....and never allowing any weak tracks to disturb the flow, before half through the album moving smoothly into a drum heavy sequence of tracks, where astounding drum programming skills take effect, to create pulsating Drum loops that almost certainly prompt simultaneous head nodding....but the end of the album, Carl's so blissfully aware he's captured the listeners attention, that his last track is a 9 minute epic made purely from samples of the previous tracks, and it's at this point, that you realise that this release will get regular playing time."