The Best Carl Craig Remixes

Just the glimpse of the words Carl Craig remix on the tracklist of an otherwise unremarkable looking EP will send DJs scrambling for their headphones, ready to have their ears and minds scrambled by the latest interpretation from the man who’s been likened to the Miles Davis of techno.

 

Since his first remix in 1988, Carl Craig has an extraordinary 605 remixes credited to his name on Discogs. While not all of these have shown his true skill, the vast majority would make any producer envious of his ability to turn even the blandest pop track into a techno masterpiece capable of sending even the most critical dancefloor into raptures.

To celebrate the Detroit legends numerous gifts to sound systems across the globe, we’ve compiled our favourite ever Carl Craig remixes.

Also available as a Spotify playlist

 

Cesaria Evora – Angola (Carl Craig remix) [2002]

Organic percussion, psychedelic synth and 909s collide in this killer building remix of Cape Verdean songstress Cesaria Evora.

 

Hugh Masekela – The Boy’s Doin’ It (Carl Craig remix) [2005]

Two historically politically-charged cities join forces as Detroit meets Johannesburg as C2 tackles South African flugelhorn player Hugh Masekela.

 

Maurizio – Domina (Carl Craig’s mind remix) [1993]

A true house masterpiece as Craig energises Mark Ernestus and Mauritz Von Oswald’s dub techno with swinging 909s, sub bass and mind-melting pad swirls.

 

Floppy Sounds – Entertainment (Blue Miniature Morph Mix) [2001]

A bouncy, break-beat remodel of Robbie Rives’ Floppy Sounds project

 

Theo Parrish – Falling Up (Carl Craig remix) [2005]

For many, the quintessential Carl Craig remix. Techno meets Jazz with stunning effect.

 

Faze Action – In The Trees (Carl Craig mix #1) [2007]

Opening with paranoid synths bursts, the track goes to the next level as those strings come into play.

 

Tony Allen – Kilode (Carl Craig’s straight remix) [2007]

Fela Kuti’s drummer, Tony Allen gets dragged into the future as a breaky intro full of street-vocals leads into a ridiculously funky bassline, and quite possibly the best kick drum in house history.

 

Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

C2 turns the playful original into a sinister uptempo soundscape of arpeggio leads, hushed vocals and metallic pads.

 

 

Rhythm & Sound – Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

Craig, Ernestus and Von Oswald join forces again, this time on the Berlin duos Rhythm & Sound project as Craig takes Bobbo Shanti’s vocals out from under the smokey dub haze into the dancefloor stratosphere. Check out our guide to the best Rhythm & Sound records here

 

GusGus – Polyesterday (Carl Craig’s Shot In The Leg Dub) [1998]

A severely underplayed remix that easily stands the test of time despite being nearly 20 years old. All acid-riffs, floaty vocals and rolling claps. The vocal remix is equally as good.

 

Alexander Robotnick – Problèmes D’Amour (Carl Craig Remix) [2007]

The oddball Italo-tinged original gets looped up into a disco-house roller with jazzy drums edits breaking things up.

 

Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Relevee (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

An opening burst of kaleidoscopic synths slowly morphs into a full jazz workout over the space of 11 glorious minutes.

 

Hot Lizard – The Theme (Carl Craig Mix) [1995]

Nearly 23 years old and still sounding like the future.

 

Beanfield – Tides (C’s Movement #1) [2004]

At the time this was possibly a career-high for Craig, as he turns the soul-drenched original into a brooding-and-then-euphoric club masterpiece.

 

Factory Floor – Turn It Up (C2 remix) [2013]

A stripped down 808-driven DJ tool of the highest calibre

 


Want to hear more Detroit-themed brilliance? Head over to Sound Shelter and check out our guide to the best new Detroit Techno records

DVS1 – fabric 96

The Midwest-raised, Berlin-based DJ, producer and label boss, DVS1 steps up for the 96th instalment of fabric’s mix series.

With over 20 years of dedication under his belt, Zak Khutoresky exhibits an artistic profile that is truly distinctive. From illegal 90s raves in the Midwest to marathon sets at Berghain, there are few DJs so unanimously trusted by audiences the world over. With a career that includes opening a nightclub in his hometown of Minneapolis, building and maintaining a custom ‘wall of sound’ system, releasing on Ben Klock’s Klockworks and Derrick May’s Transmat imprints and running 2 of his own renowned labels – HUSH and Mistress Recordings – there is no denying his reputation as a true bastion of underground culture.

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15 records you might have missed over Christmas and New Year

Christmas and New Year are often occupied by these things:

– Fearing the words “Can I have a word…” from your boss, the day after over-zealous Christmas party activities
– Researching the returns policy of multiples stores in expectation of receiving yet another t-shirt that you’ll never wear
– Justifying excessive amounts of food and drink intakes with the phrase “go on, it’s Christmas”
– Formerly peaceful family homes turning into war zones from yet more accusations of cheating at the annual game of Monopoly on Christmas day

Searching for new records is often low on peoples agendas, so here’s some records we’re enjoying that you might have missed over the last few weeks.

 

Afriqua - Soul CorrectionAfriqua – Soul Correction (Cure Music)

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Versalife - PolychangeVersalife – Polychange (Brokntoys)

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Pst | Porn Sword Tobacco | Svn - RECORDING 2Pst | Porn Sword Tobacco | Svn – RECORDING 2 (Recording)

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Mike Dunn | Md Iii - 88 90 Proto Acid EPMike Dunn | Md Iii – 88 90 Proto Acid EP (Clone Jack For Daze)

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Librarian - God Gave Us Scissors To Chop SamplesLibrarian – God Gave Us Scissors To Chop Samples (Waxtefacts)

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Ricardo Villalobos | Umho - Melo De MeloRicardo Villalobos | Umho – Melo De Melo (Drumma)

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Gu | Glenn Underground - Classiques Volume TwelveGu | Glenn Underground – Classiques Volume Twelve (GU Classics)

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Omar S - Hit It BubbaOmar S – Hit It Bubba (FXHE)

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Circulation - Emotions Unknown EP (reissue)Circulation – Emotions Unknown EP (reissue) (Mint Condition)

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Kinetic Electronix - Music For BeingsKinetic Electronix – Music For Beings (Mood Hut)

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Bjorn Torske | DJ Sotofett - HostBjorn Torske | DJ Sotofett – Host (Sex Tags Mania)

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Gregor Tresher - Quiet Distortion: The RemixesGregor Tresher – Quiet Distortion: The Remixes (Break New Soil)

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DJ Fett Burger | DJ Sotofett - AMFIBIA 21DJ Fett Burger | DJ Sotofett – AMFIBIA 21 (Sex Tags Amfiba)

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Wareika - Break New Sol EPWareika – Break New Sol EP (Amphia)

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Max Graef | Glenn Astro - The Yard Work Simulator RemixesMax Graef | Glenn Astro – The Yard Work Simulator Remixes (Ninja Tune)

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Zippo | Yotam Avni | Abstract Division | Observer - Where The Night Takes UsZippo | Yotam Avni | Abstract Division | Observer – Where The Night Takes Us (Enemy Ltd)

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10 Best Records of November 2016

Here are the best house records of November 2016, according to the users of Sound Shelter.

theo parrish gentrified love

Theo Parrish | Duminie Deporres | Waajeed – Gentrified Love Part 2 (Sound Signature)

Theo, Duminie and Wajeed form a Detroit dream team on the new Sound Signature

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erp pithERP – Pith (Frustrated Funk)

A 2016 repress of an underated atmospheric Gerd Hanson aka Convextion killer

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Newworldaquarium - The Games That We PlayNewworldaquarium – The Games That We Play (Ape)

Marvellous NWAQ tracks brought back to life with a remaster by Marco Spaventi. Sludgy on one side, floaty on the other.

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Max Graef - Apron EPMax Graef – Apron EP (Apron)

MG goes raw for Funkineven’s Apron label

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Cottam 6Cottam – Cottam 6 (Cottam)

7 years after his first mysterious 12, the UK chugger returns to this self-titled form with more slow and heavy edits.

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DJ Dog & Double Dancer - Rebound LoungeDJ Dog & Double Dancer – Rebound Lounge (Rebound Lounge)

A killer classic house influenced project from DJ Fett Burger and Double Dancer.

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SW - Sued 015SW – Sued 015 (SUED)

Stunning house and techno album covering a huge array of influences including hi-tech soul and UK broken beat.

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Jay Daniel - Broken KnowzJay Daniel – Broken Knowz (Technicolour)

Outstanding first album from the Detoit producer, blending raw leftfield house with tripped out jazz vibes.

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Glenn Underground - Savior Of ChicagoGlenn Underground – Savior Of Chicago (Strictly Jazz Unit Muzic)

GU with a 303’d up journey through lush ambient pads and spacey rhythms. Backed with an ode to the master of house music, Larry Heard.

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A Made Up Sound - BygonesA Made Up Sound – Bygones (AMUS)

Outstanding deep techno excursions from the ridiculously underated Dutch producer

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10 Best House Records of October 2016

Here are the best house records of October 2016 according to the users of Sound Shelter


nebraska far001

Nebraska – F&AR001 (F&R)

Noted for releases on labels such as Rush Hour, Delusions Of Grandeur and Mister Saturday Night, London-based producer Nebraska brings us three characteristically top-notch slices of sample-rich deep house.

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javonntte mind over matter

Javonntte – Mind Over Matter (Sistrum)

NDATL artist Javonntte hits Patrice Scott’s marvellous Sistrum label with an excellent 12 of warm Detroit house.

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glenn astro coloured sands

Glenn Astro – Colour Sands (Big Bait)

Essential repress of Astro’s debut release on Big Bait. Expect warm, jazzy swinging house.

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zarate fix dj sotofett planetary involvement

Zarate Fix / DJ Sotofett – Planetary Involvement (Thug)

Cosmic & earthy dubbed out house. Essential leftfield house as expected from these two.

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rick wade the elixir

Rick Wade – the ELIXIR (Harmonie Park)

Deep detroit house tunes released on Wade’s own Harmonie Park label

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call super new life tones

Call Super – New Life Tones (Houndstooth)

After an outing on Dekmantel with the excellent “Nervous Sex Traffic”, Call Super returns to Houndstooth with a couple of multi-genre-straddling melancholic ambient house tracks.

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tribute to klang club

Move D / Fred P / Christopher Rau / Easy To Remember – A Tribute To Klang Club Volume 2 (Unclear)

An All-star lineup don’t disapoint with their classy house homages to the now-defunct Tuscan club.

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general ludd sunset yellow

General Ludd – Sunset Yellow (Mister Saturday Night)

General Ludd return to the New York label with more mind-being high-octane psychadelic house sounds.

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Terrence Parker Deep Detroit Heat

Terrence Parker – Deep Detroit Heat Edits Volume 1 (Groovement)

TP documents 90’s piano house with a set of new and unreleased versions and edits.

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jovonn peak hour

Jovonn – Peak Hour EP (Body ‘N Deep)

US House master Jovonn launches his new label with Jersey-templated, swinging house tracks.

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Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.

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Six Mixes You Need To Hear Vol.1

Here’s 6 DJ mixes we’ve been loving recently.

XLR8R Podcast 460 – Prins Thomas

The Norwegian artist drops a tight 70 minutes of dancefloor shakers, made up of everything from electro to house and acid, all with a pleasantly retro feel.


Fred P for Deephouse Amsterdam

The New York selector glides through 90 minutes of his unique deep house vibes.


FACT mix 527 – A Made Up Sound

The Hague musician shows FACT the records that never leave his crate.


Mr Beatnick – NTS Radio

The Don’t Be Afraid label boss presents a heady 2 hours of sophisticated disco, dusty house and spiritual jazz for NTS


Livity Sound, with Simo Cell

The Livity Sound affiliate mixes up an array of bassy sounds.


Pangaea – Crack Mix

A whistle-stop tour through cutting edge techno from one of the UK’s very best.


Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.

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Theo Walbeck – Freek Tool

We first heard this killer on Mr Beatnick’s NTS show, and since then it’s been on a regular repeat here.

The first release on the new Tune label, Freek Tool is the work of an apparently well-known producer, who wanted some anonymity for this track (we’re guessing the producer is a fan of the Arsenal football team based upon the pseudonym being a fusion of two of the clubs most injury-prone players.).

Tune is the new sister label to the mighty fine Local Talk label, and is focusing on releasing single-sided vinyl, where the track is strong enough to not require a B-side or remix.

There isn’t much substance to Freek Tool – it’s pretty much just an acapella from 90s RNB banger, Joedci – Freakn You, layered over a crunchy drum workout but in the hands of Walbeck, this combination is seriously powerful.

No download for this one so jump over to your favourite record store and pick this one up pronto.

(Video courtesty of Soundspace)


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Member Mix: Nils Anthes

Germany-based DJ and producer behind the wonderfully-named Traxxploitation project, Nils Anthes mixes up an array of edits and African-influenced house.

Sound Shelter members post high quality mixes and tracks in our Facebook Group all the time, come and join the group here

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.

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Member Mix: Tim Reade

UK DJ Tim Reade turns out a mix that moves through melodic territory into break-beat driven vibes. A mix fit for any house and techno dancefloor.

We’ll let the tracklist do the talking…

Steve Kasper – Unvexed Dub
Frankey & Sandrino – Izar
Lonya – Still Waters Run Deep (3LIAS & Nesta remix)
Jay Shepheard – Elementary
Suzanne Kraft – DJ Safety Track
Dave Aju – 14324
Lay-Far – Lock & Rock (Mr Scruff remix)
Chaos in the CBD – Dusty Sundays
Leif – Tumbler
Berkson & What – Lost Solina (Maayan Nidam remix)
Christian S. – Give it Up
Frankey & Sandrino – Merging Black
Dinky – Casa (Axel Boman dub)
Dorisburg – Transform
Jay Shepheard – K3
Land of Light – Flares (Tambien remix)
Lorenzo Dada – Love Apparel (Axel Boman remix)

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SSMX03: Ethyène (Moonrise Hill Material)

Ethyène is busy recently. The producer and DJ from France is getting noticed by a greater audience and is having more and more projects, meetings, and sets to play. Starting production at the age of 16, he got into the House and Hip Hop scene and was playing for Artjacking France as resident. His love for sounds from Chicago, Detroit and Manchester and the craftsmanship of sampling gives the music its personal note.

He is part of the newly founded Moonrise Hill Material – Gang that provides Disco and Hip Hop influenced grooves in the French underground House scene, and is having a lot of other releases upcoming and out recently.

We think he is going to be big, so we are happy he got some time sharing his story with us and he’s provided a killer mix.

Sound Shelter introduces : Ethyène!

So first of all, what is going on recently?

I just had three releases, a track on Roots for Bloom, an EP on Kyoku Records and an EP on my own record label Moonrise Hill Material. I also have been working on the side of the three first Moonrise Hill releases so I guess this is why I’m getting a bit more attention today. To be honest, nothing makes me happier than seeing more and more people following our work.

How about Moonrise Hill Material! How did you guys meet?

We were all producing and spinning House Music in Lyon our hometown in France so we met during our different parties and immediately became friends with each other. Then, the idea of releasing our music on our own label came up naturally and this is how everything started.

And the music you are playing and making?

I have a part of my family who lives in Philadelphia, so I’ve been there quite often and have always been fascinated by the unbelievable ability the artists from Philly had to talk to my soul, from John Coltrane to Boyz II Men. More generally, this is from this city that I got my love for black music.

Moreover, since I’m 13 or 14 I’ve been listening to a lot of Hip-Hop from the late 90’s and early 2000’s… that got me into this sampling stuff. Then, when I started partying around the age of 16 I discovered house records from Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Kenny Dope … I immediately knew this was what I wanted to spin and produce.
Basically everything I play, produce and love is related to sampling !

Do you have some projects going on of your own recently? And was Kyoku Records your idea?

Yes I have some new projects that will come later this year but the only one I can really talk about is a new EP on Moonrise Hill Material  that should see the day in January 2017. I’ll also have a mini LP on an american record label I love and an other one in May on a brand new label from the US too.

I’m also starting to release my lower tempo and hip hop stuff on FHUO, a new record label on the side of Moonrise by my brother from an other mother Folamour. I will release this music under the name Lo Life.

Concerning Kyoku, these nice guys asked me to do an EP for them after they discovered my track Manhattune on the first Moonrise Hill release so this was absolutely not my idea but at the end of the day I’m really happy to have been part of this project.

Tell us a bit about your Sound Shelter mix

My sound shelter mix is putting together tracks I like to play at the moment and unreleased tracks from myself… I also like to end mixes with classic tunes… On this one I chose the remix of the French house standard Music Sounds Better With you by Bob Sinclar, this one track has always blown me up.

When you´d have the opportunity to choose someone to play with B2B, who would that be?

If I had an opportunity to choose someone to play back 2 back, I guess I’d pick Theo Parrish up. I’ve seen him twice, that was two of the best nights of my life!

Thanks a bunch Ethyène!!!

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Check out records from Ethyène on Sound Shelter

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