Review: Another classic reissue from Carl Craig and his Planet E label. This EP, recorded under Carl's 69 alias, features a previously unreleased mix of the classic "Sub Seducer", originally released on the 1994 mini LP "Sound On Sound". The real treat here is the inclusion of "Desire" (lifted from the impossible to find "Lite Music" EP) a euphoric, orchestral and rarely heard Carl Craig masterpiece.
Review: "Analysis", by Alex Attias, is released on Planet E and contains two top mixes. Both are highly Carl Craig-influenced long jams. The A-side sounds like new school Carl, with an acidic minimal groove that builds and builds. On the flip the vibes get deeper and follow a more traditional Detroit groove.
Review: Carl Craig's Planet E, currently celebrating 20 years in existence, needs no introduction. It's solid, classy, well thought out and boasts an artist roster that'll make your jaw drop. Here we see label stalwart Martin Buttrich's 2006 jam "Full Clip" re-issued with a Kirk Degiorgio remix. Ferociously pumping yet refined, Buttrich has hit the spot with this. A symphonic and forward thinking blend of drama and techno solidity invade as the track delves in and out of build ups and breaks that are enough to drive any floor crazy. Degiorgio's remix is an equally bold statement, not a touch on Buttrich's original but a worthy addition none the less.
Review: The word prolific is often overused but Martin's production credits don't read like a who's who of a decade of dance, they are a decade of dance. Aside from over 100 collaborations with Timo Maas, Martin has been involved with twice as many again from the Italo house of Sounds of Life to the sophisticated pop of the Sugarbabes. He was nominated for a Grammy on his work as a remixer on Tori Amos' "Don't make me come to Vegas" and still finding time to work with Loco Dice on the 420 releases, you can't help but feel that this man's thirties are going to be a very public ride... Hot Hot Hot! Highly Recommended!!!
Review: Carl Craig's More Songs About Food & Revolutionary Art was first released back in 1997, sandwiched between two other acclaimed albums - Paperclip People's The Secret Tapes of Doctor Eich (1996), and 1999's Innerzone Orchestra set, Programmed. It remains one of Craig's most alluring sets, as this re-mastered reissue so adeptly proves. Warm, rich and evocative, it sits somewhere between the stargazing ambience of Larry Heard's Alien set (released a year earlier) and the pulsating, dancefloor-focused thump of Craig's own work as Paperclip people. As a result, it's packed with both imaginative, colourful downtempo gear, and classic Motor City techno grooves.
Review: "Paris Live", by Carl Craig, features two classic tracks, "Twilight" and "At Less", recorded live at the opening of The Automn Festival in September 2006. The performers were Carl Craig (electronics), Mike Banks (keyboards and inspiration), Wendell Harrison (clarinet, saxophone and guidance) and Kelvin Sholar (keyboards and supervision).
Review: The past few years have seen Planet E embark on a programme of archival releases, digging out some of the best work label founder Carl Craig committed to wax for expanded reissues. The process began in earnest in 2012 with The Secret Tapes of Dr. Eich, a collection of singles Craig released as Paperclip People and last year continued with Elements 1989-1990, a sublime retrospective of the Detroit producer's earliest material as Psyche and BFC. The focus now falls on More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art, Carl Craig's second album which originally surfaced on Planet E back in 1997. As ever these sort of archival endeavours are vinyl shaped lessons in music history for newcomers to techno, and this remastered edition only serves to highlight how immense CC cuts like "Televised Green Smoke" and the classic "At Les" are.
Dave Aju & Thatmanmonkz - "They Sleep We Love" (feat Foxxee - Sev Bay Area remix)
Green Velvet & Carl Craig - "Rosalie"
Octave One - "Rock My Soul" (Reborn mix)
Waajeed - "Power In Numbers"
Sophie Lloyd - "Calling Out" (feat Dames Brown - Floorplan extended Revival mix)
BMH & Sal P - "Credit Card" (Gay Marvine remix)
Claude Von Stroke - "My Love Check"
DJ Minx - "Do It All Night" (C2 edit)
Delano Smith - "Safe Place"
Gaiser - "For Balance"
Mr G - "Lights" (G Out dub)
Mirko Loko & Stacey Pullen - "Fomulatic Mode"
Ataxia - "Oblivion"
Brain - "Boss"
Mister Joshooa - "Kickflip"
Rhythim Is Rhythim - "It Is What It Is"
Ectomorph - "Satori"
The Dirtbombs - "Alleys Of Your Mind"
Review: Last year Stacey Pullen delivered the debut mix in the "Detroit Love" series, offering up a set that channeled "the spirit of the Motor City". 12 months on, label boss Carl Craig offers up the follow-up, delivering a two-disc set that flits between original Detroit jams and tracks by those who draw influence from the city's deep electronic music heritage. It's an interesting journey, with the Planet E founder devoting the first disc to bold, warehouse-friendly variants of chunky house music (think Waajeed, Claude Von Stoke, Delano Smith and Floorplan remixing Sophie Lloyd). It's the second disc, though, that showcases Craig at his very best. Here the veteran producer charges through quality techno cuts from the likes of Ataxia, Brain, Ectomorph and British scene stalwart Mr G.
Review: Carl Craig slips into a new guise, Carls Davis, to deliver a release that's radically different to his big-room sound. Delivered in six instalments, "Sketches" harks back to the era of Landcruising and beyond. The first track in the series sees broken drums and eerie synths lead into a dramatic build, while the second one sees Craig revisit Detroit's electro past to the sound of shuffling 808s and surging, acid-flecked basslines. Craig goes off on a further tangent on "Part 3", where wild guitar solos unravel over a menacing 303, while "Part 5" is inspired by Chicago, deploying kettle drums over a menacing ghetto rhythm.
Review: Spanish hi-tech soul maestro Eduardo De La Calle on the true home of it: Planet E - and it's about friggin' time if we do say so! Over the last several years, the Madrid native has respectfully borrowed from the traditions of first and second wave Motor City sounds, but he undeniably carved his own path via his respected Analog Solutions imprint. The Icosahedrite EP features three life affirming explorations in techno-soul. From the the galaxian Jupiter jazz of the A side, through to the classic funked up futurism that pays homage to greats like Transmat and Metroplex like on "Mr Dewey D". There is also the more powerful and straight ahead functionalism of "Rhythmic Soundscapes" which is just as heads down and DJ ergonomic as his aforementioned AS material. This follows up some great releases by him in 2017, on the likes of Anemone, Forbidden Colors and Monogram Systems.
Review: Not to be confused with Dimitri from Paris, Trouw legend Dimitri Keppers dons his Dimitri from Amsterdam alias for a fine record on the Planet E label overseen by the legend that is Carl Craig. As you'd expect from the infamous Detroit stable, the scorching, deep-space techno of lead track "Detroit Summer" is driving, hypnotic and perfectly suited to the big soundsystem thanks to its monumental bassline. If that wasn't enough, there's also a remix by Perlon and Rush Hour casual San Proper who delivers an intricate percussion-heavy version of the original. Off the bloody wall!