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The 21 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 the best ever Carl Craig remixes.

 


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.

 

Telex – Moskow Diskow (Carl Craig remix) [1998]

Odd-ball Italo gem from 1979 gets thumped up by C2 in one of his best remixes.

 

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.

 

Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Carl Craig Re-Version) [2004]

Thumping, psychedelic, big room techno

 

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

 

Ultramarine – Hooter (Carl Craig / Ver. 1.1) [1994]

808s, tribal rumbles and quitessential Detroit synths collide

 

Incognito – Out Of The Storm (C’s Planet E Special Mix) [1996]

Jazzy, mellow brilliance

 

Directions – Busted Trees (C’s Spacestrumental) [2004]

C2 takes the coffee-table jazz original and turns it into a string-driven wonder that builds over the space of 8 and a half glorious minutes. (Tip from Peter Benedetto)

 

Dave Angel – Airborne (Carl Craigs Drums Sucks remix) [1995]

12 minutes of beatless Detroit techno (Tip from Tom Sin-r Vde)

 

Carl Craig Vs. Johnny Blas – Picadillo 7 (A Lo Blas) [1999]

Another beatless excursion, this time on a remix of Latin conguero Johnny Blas (Tip from João Pedro)

 


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Carlos Nilmmns Mix (Planet E)

France-residing, Scottish expat, Carlos Nilmmns has released and featured on over 50+ vinyl releases, 6 albums and many remixes with notable releases including “Subculture”, “Red”, “Distant Galaxy” (As Solab) and “Get By Me” which featured Detroit artists Davina Bussey (Underground Resistance) Niko Marks (Planet-E, Underground Resistance) and Andrés (KDJ, Mahogani Music).

Turns out he’s also a pretty fine DJ, so we hit him up for a mix and a quick chat.

What’s been happening in your world recently?

So far this year its been a busy one. In January I released a record on Deetron’s label Character with Ripperton, Niko Marks and Keter Darker.

I also just released a new mini album record on Ornaments. Its crazy because these new records have attracted a wider audience the usual. The label Ornaments have been ramping up my releases too. They just released the digital versions of my popular “Subculture” and “Cupid & Psyche” mini albums due to a lot of people requesting repress/digital releases. Ornaments actually are planning another record with a well known DJ/artist from Detroit on the remix duties.

I’ve completed a new club track album too I’ve only sent it off to one label at the moment so its early days. It will be my second full length Carlos Nilmmns album since “Lune Eclaire” from 2012.

Other side projects include collaborations with Niko Marks for his forthcoming album on Carl Craig’s label Planet E.

Tell us about this mix…where was it recorded and how?

The mix was recorded in my home. It was around the time when I played for 6 hours with another great DJ at “Fête de la Musique” in my hometown in Angers. These tracks were some of the highlight tracks that I played, if I remember rightly.

I used my new rotary mixer offered by my wife. Some girl eh?! 🙂

How did you wind up recording for Planet E?

I recorded a bunch of tracks with Niko Marks. I kept saying to Niko…: “ Send them to Carl!! Send them to Carl!!!!”.

We reworked some tunes and also created new ones to submit. Around the same time and in a funny coincidence, my bro Santiago Salazar surprised me with an awesome remix. He actually sent me a private video on Facebook with the track playing in the background. Man.. another great guy… We played together in Glasgow.. He walked into the Sub club and the first thing he did was walking up to me and gave me a big hug!!!! Legend!!! So.. anyway! Eventually Niko and I decided to send Santi’s mix with the other tracks to Carl.

It was great to finally meet both Carl and Niko in person in Paris but sadly the time was cut short due to the terrible attacks in Paris.

I’ve seen Carl playing a few good times in Glasgow at the Sub club and at festivals in Europe. He really is down to earth guy and a gentleman.

I’ve been making albums and records with Niko for many years. Firing tunes from Glasgow to Detroit and now France to Detroit. Our work flow is solid, we send ideas and trust each other, to work out the best way to release the music. Whether its a Niko Marks album on Planet E or a Carlos Nilmmns project on Ornaments… Both of us are purely into this for the music and always thinking about our next project together.

Why the move to France? How do you think this has affected you as an artist and DJ?

I moved to France after meeting my wife in Paris. We decided it was best to live here than in Scotland.

I can say for me at least that environment changes the way I create. I’ve been more productive since settling here. Warmer weather changes everything! Signing to labels like the giant Circus Company and Skylax have helped my music to reach more people here in France.

I’ve played quite few amazing festivals and clubs around the country and abroad with some really great people, but I still prefer Glasgow I feel not many places will ever match the Sub Club’s edgyness and vision.

You’re asked to book your favourite DJs and live acts for a night at your favourite club. Who plays, and which club?

Hmm difficult…

Venue: Sub Club in Glasgow (would have to be a late license as the club shuts at 3)

Lineup: Paul Johnson, Kenny Dope, Claude Young, Domenic Cappello


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