Carl Craig - Remixes Poll 1992 - 1996

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Poll Closing Date: Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00 (in 4 days)

At first I just wanted to do a poll of Carl's remixes, but then I realised there would be way too many options. And then I realised I could spin this out to about 3 or 4 polls and got quite excited.

Even with the below, I decided to reduce the sheer volume by doubling up where there were two similar remixes of the same track, as well as excluding the early remix work he did with Derrick May.


Not all of this is amazing. Some of it is merely fine. But I look at this list and I see so many tracks that seem to me to be astonishing, peerless, groundbreaking, constantly treading new territory in often surprising ways, and so often any given track is stylistically diametrically opposed to its contemporaneous neighbours. How did he pump these out in such quick succession? While also releasing some of the best house and techno albums of the era?

Is there a better artist of the last thirty years? More importantly, how will I choose just one?

I'll do some write-ups of some of my very favourites to assist people shortly. "Some" probably equals more than 10.

Inner City - That Man (He's All Mine) (Carl Craig's Domination Mix) (1992)
Open House - Aquatic (Carl Craig's Save The World Mix) (1992)
The Reese Project - I Believe (Carl Craig B-Dub Mix) (1992)
Ron Trent – Altered States (East Side Mixx) (1992)
Yennek - Serena "X" (Inner Zone Mix) (1992)
Chez Damier - Help Myself (Reconstructed By Carl Craig) (1992)
Quadrant - Infinition (Carl Craig Mix) (1993)
R-Tyme – Use Me Use Me (Carl Craig's Piano Mix) / (Carl Craig’s R Tyme Groove) (1993)
Brian Transeau - The Moment Of Truth (Carl Craig's Urban Affair Remix) (1993)
Brian Transeau - Relativity (Carl Craig's Urban Affair Dub) (1993)
Bandulu - Better Nation (Carl Craig Innerzone Mix) (1993)
Maurizio - Domina (C. Craig's Mind Mix) (1993)
Naomi Daniel – Feel The Fire (Carl Craig Remix) (1993)
Ultramarine – Hooter (Carl Craig Remix) (1993)
Ultramarine - Source (Carl Craig Remix) (1993)
Tori Amos – God (The Rainforest Resort Mix) / (Thinking 2 Mix) (1994)
System 7 - Sirènes (System 7.1) (1994)
La Funk Mob - Ravers Suck Our Sound (Carl Craig Remix) (1994)
Inner City - Ahnonghay (Carl Craig Remix) (1994)
Esser’ay - Forces (Carl Craig's Mix) (1994)
Kenny Larkin - Catatonic (Third State) (1994)
DBX – Losing Control (Carl Craig Remix) (1994)
Inner City - Do Ya (Carl Craig Build Up Mix) (1994)
Orb - Oxbow Lakes (Psychic Pals Family Wealth Plan Mix) (1995)
As One - Asa Nisi Masa (Reflected By Carl Craig) (1995)
As One - Moon Over The Moab (Reflected By Carl Craig And Urban Tribe) (1995)
Rob Dougan - Clubbed To Death (Spoon Mix) (1995)
Dave Angel – Take Off (Carl Craig Remix) (1995)
Dave Angel - Airborne (Carl Craig Mix) / (Carl Craig's Drums Suck Mix) (1995)
Dajae - Day By Day (Carl Craig Dub) (1995)
Hot Lizard - The Theme (Carl Craig Mix) (1995)
Mister Monday - Future (Carl's Future Beats) (1995)
Green Velvet - Flash (Carl Craig's Paperclip People Mix) (1995)
Softballet - No One Lives On Mars (Even Longer) (1995)
Yello - La Habanera (Carl Craig’s Hands On) (1995)
Chris & Cosey - Fantastique (Carl Craig Mix) (1995)
Aquarhythms - Bodyjazz Bodyfusion (Carl Craig Experience) / (Carl Craig Straight Mix) (1995)
Jonny L – This Time (Carl Craig Mix) (1996)
S’Express - Theme From S-Xpress (Carl Craig's Edited Birthday Surprise Mix) (1996)
Dee-Lite - Heart Be Still (Carl Craig Remix) (1996)
Russ Gabriel - Origin Of Species (Carl Craig Remix) (1996)
Charm Farm - Superstar (Carl Craig's Electronic Mix) (1996)
Incognito - Out Of The Storm (C's Planet E Special Mix) (1996)
Spacetime Continuum - Kairo (Carl Craig Mix) (1996)
Tek 9 - Is It On? (Carl Craig Mix) (1996)

Tim F, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:41 (one week ago) Permalink

oh boy

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:53 (one week ago) Permalink

i know none of these.

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Only heard around half a dozen of these but could just lazily vote for 'Hooter' due to its dope video getting played a few times on MTV Party Zone.

nashwan, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Probably Chez Damier - Help Myself or Mister Monday - Future

saer, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Maurizio - Domina
Jonny L – This Time (Carl Craig Mix)
Chris & Cosey - Fantastique (Carl Craig Mix)

^^ all excellent.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:26 (one week ago) Permalink

domina domina domina domina

paolo, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:28 (one week ago) Permalink

System 7 - Sirènes (System 7.1)

This one is so killer: all ominous chords and slashing drums, this tune manages to sound simultaneously austere and frenetic, sweaty house music for an alien invasion. Then these burbling synth patterns swirl over like backlit storm clouds and the groove breaks down and builds back up again with brutal coercive mastery. A lot of Carl's tunes do this, but this is a great example of how he could so effortlessly short-circuit the functional and the epic, make them seem like the same thing (which, of course, they can and frequently should be).

Tim F, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks for doing this Tim, really excited to read along :)

Frederik B, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Dave Angel - Airborne (Carl Craig's Drums Suck Mix)

Feel like everyone who loves the "Relevee" remix needs to hear this: a decade beforehand and even better in my opinion, best heard in its full 12 minute glory. The track lives up to its title: no drums, just super-compressed intense synth chords seething and writhing, punctuated by an intermittent scream. Hard to describe how physically intense this tune is even without a beat, but I've heard this while out and people just keep dancing, locking in with the rhythm implied by those ceaseless riffs.

Tim F, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:45 (one week ago) Permalink

This era of Carl (and Detroit in general) is a bit of a blank spot for me, I'm sure I've heard several in mixes in the past but not one is coming to mind right now. Going to whack together a playlist and vote cold on this one.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Is there a better artist of the past 30 years?


I thought I kept up pretty well with him at the time but there are several here I don't know. Based on the ones I do know I'd probably have to go Domina but the Tori Amos and Incognito ones were particularly huge for me too

i know kore-eda (or something), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:12 (one week ago) Permalink

have always enjoyed a bit of Bandulu but on the other hand fucking Quadrant, man. Quadrant.

the intentional phallusy (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:17 (one week ago) Permalink

with Quadrant I'd have to go with the original over Carls though!

saer, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:22 (one week ago) Permalink

me too

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Dave Angel - Airborne (Carl Craig's Drums Suck Mix)

this is otherworldly. i think i desperately need to make a playlist of some of these

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Tori Amos – God (The Rainforest Resort Mix) / (Thinking 2 Mix) (1994)

hard to resist voting for two remixes at once. "rainforest resort" is currently changing my life

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:47 (one week ago) Permalink

obviously all the Basic Channel records are perfect as they are but I do like CC in bleeps & noise mode - not better but different

gonna listen to all these before forgetting to vote

the intentional phallusy (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:55 (one week ago) Permalink

More importantly, how will I choose just one?

it will be tough for me because while cc has an amazing work ethic and has done lots and lots of great stuff his output at any given time is relatively homogenous imo

the late great, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:33 (one week ago) Permalink

i clearly need to track down a compilation of his earlier stuff then as i guess the sessions 2cd set came after a lot of these.

mark e, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Out of the Storm! What he did with that track was completely next level

mmmm, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:51 (one week ago) Permalink

oh yeah that one is undeniable

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Aquarhythms - Bodyjazz Bodyfusion (Carl Craig Experience)

This may be easier to find as "Experience (Carl Craig Remix)" which is how it was titled on re-release for some reason. Anyway, it's beautiful: clouds of vaporous synths swirl around the singer, before a totally hypnotic rolling snare and handclap groove (with bumping heart murmur baseline) drives the tune forward on its tiptoes. It takes another several minutes for the kick drum to arrive, a deliberate ploy to keep the listener on edge, and when it does arrive it pushes the tune to a plateau of quiet intensity. This tune is up there with favourites like the Salt City Orchestra remix of "Mushrooms" for me in terms of eerie, beautiful house-epics.

Tim F, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Voted Incognito - Out of the Storm, but it could have been about a dozen others.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Dajae - Day By Day (Carl Craig Dub)
As ruthless and as funky as anything on the Paperclip People album, or just about anything that came out of either second wave Chicago or French house for that matter, "Day By Day" is both brutally simple and secretly epic, its tough, rolling disco loops gradually taking on the sensation of a kind of tidal surge overwhelming everything.

Tim F, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:16 (yesterday) Permalink

Day by Day is amazing. There was a great chez'n'trent dub of that too

i know kore-eda (or something), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:37 (yesterday) Permalink

Any reason why 92 - 96 as it misses out one of my favourites from 1991, “Aquatic” by Open House? His 1992 mix of Inner City’s “Praise” is missing which is also so great.

Anyway, a tough call! Domina, Serena X, Fantastique, & Hooter would probably be my top picks but I’ll go for “Fantastique” as I commissioned that remix and the lovely Mr. Craig did it for no fee.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:57 (yesterday) Permalink

The "Serena 'X'" remix should be as known as any other. Whoosh.

Andy K, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:00 (yesterday) Permalink

yes dajae!!

the late great, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:26 (yesterday) Permalink

i like the stealthy shuffle that gradually morphs into a sort of boompty house on the brian transeau tracks ... also the xylophone type twinkles

the late great, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:27 (yesterday) Permalink

i know he's sort of a polarizing figure but the as one remixes are great. the asa nisi masa remix is amazing burbling primitive electronics with an echoing slow motion house beat, sort of a proto dresvn type of sound. the urban tribe mix sadly not so good (nice atmospherics but totally rides a tired breakbeat through a flanger and into the ground)

the late great, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:30 (yesterday) Permalink

the "clubbed to death" remix is much more in line with the classic urban tribe sound

another big favorite of mine was the spacetime continuum remix. i got into it over a cold spring i spent in rural vermont. those crisp snapping sounds always throw me back to the memory of icicles glittering in the new england light. very cold and mechanical but bright and warm in its own way. on a side note, i really love that whole rEmit rEcaps project as well as the original eMit eCaps.

the late great, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:34 (yesterday) Permalink

hot lizard - the theme is another one with a great shuffling break. it reminds me of the classic 69 epics (like my machines or ladies and gentlemen). also reminds me how great his dj kicks was!

the late great, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:36 (yesterday) Permalink

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