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