Carl Craig – Sessions - 2008 Detroit Techno 3LP
Carl Craig – Sessions
Studio !K7 – !K7224LP
3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation
26 Feb 2008
House, Techno, Minimal
A1 Junior Boys - Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix)
A2 69 - Psychobeat (Unreleased Mix)
B1 Innerzone Orchestra - Bug In The Bassbin (Carl Craig 'Sessions' Mix)
C1 Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Relevee (Carl Craig 'Sessions' Remix)
C2 Rhythm & Sound - Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig Remix)
D1 Paperclip People - Throw (Unreleased Version)
E1 Carl Craig - Futurelovetheme (Carl Craig 'Sessions' Mix)
E2 Directions - Busted (Carl Craig 'Sessions' Remix)
F1 Beanfield Tides (Carl Craig 'Sessions' Remix)
Vocals – Bajka
Mastered By – Simon Francis
Photography – Timothy Saccenti
Mastered at Masterpiece.
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( pitchfork) " Carl Craig is so simply good at what he does that he can be hard to talk about. The effects of his best tracks, among the best in techno history, tend to be more incremental than incendiary. The arc of his career, so long and actually arcing, has never swerved through the kind of progressive flashpoints that make for grand narrative. Craig has always been about reform more than revolution-- even for his most stalwart fans, voicing support has been less a matter of redrawing electronic music borders than of waving flags for whatever Craig happens to be doing at any given time.
But not all of it: Another reason Craig is hard to talk about is that a fair amount of what he's done has been less than essential. It wasn't long ago that Craig seemed to be going the way of other aging Detroit techno artists whose reputations owe more to legacy than to potential. However interesting his forays into jazz fusion, however stirring the occasional track that reiterated his influence, Craig remained stuck somewhere foggy between the there-and-then and the here-and-now. And the problem was compounded by the fact that there was never a single manageable manifesto-- a lone album, mix, or compilation-- that you could hand a new initiate and just say "...here."
Sessions is that manifesto, at long last. All prove abundant on Disc One, which moves between tracks made from 1992 to 2007 without showing the slightest bit of strain. The newest cut is one of the recent epics that have reasserted Craig's importance in the present: a remix of Junior Boys' "Like a Child" that plays arpeggiated vertigo games with source material whose emotive delicacy Craig retains while piling on sci-fi strings and a hissing beat that creeps until it cracks. The nature of that crack-- into a crevice burrowed between a spirited house-y saunter and robotic techno drive-- figures in other tracks as old as Paperclip People's "Throw" and as new as a remix of Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom's "Relevee", which pushes cosmic synth patterns past the red-line toward something more majestically black and blue.
LP Two features fewer remixes of other artists and more tracks of Craig's own-- either under his given name or aliases like 69, , and Innerzone Orchestra.
Plus, like so much on Sessions, it's hard to place in time. Indeed, the most noteworthy aspect of this invaluable set is that there's so little disparity in terms of quality between tracks that span 15 years. They're all just simply, extremely, uncommonly, uniquely... well, good."