Techno Week – Part 1: ’91-’92


Macomb Mall Detroit 1992 (www.robertwrightphoto.com)

Now that the acid has worn off it’s time to get started with our most exciting week ever. That’s right, in anticipation of Carl Craig touching down at Rise this Friday we’re going to be posting all techno, all week long. If you still think techno is what any music with a 4:4 beat that’s played at a club is called, then you’re dumb. Techno is a genre of electronic dance music with that began in the mid 80’s in Detroit. If you know what’s up, then stay tuned for a week full of hard to find Carl Craig classics, but also some of our favorite tracks from Detroit and beyond. If you don’t know, but want to learn then you should check this out and buy this album. For more Carl Craig music that we’re not posting here make sure to goto Beatport.com and download the entire Planet E Communications back catalog (all of it is only recently available digitally)!

Ok, so here are Monday’s selections. All Carl Craig circa ’91/’92, all totally different styles, all amzaing. Enjoy.

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Paperclip People – Oscillator (Electronic Flirtation Device) DOWNLOAD
A straight up Detroit techno classic, this is the first track that Craig recorded as Paperclip People. It was released on Retroactive in 1991.

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Sueno Latino (illusion first mix) DOWNLOAD
Sueno Latino was orignally recorded in 1989 by the italo disco duo of the same name and went on to be a number one hit in some European countries as well as an early rave anthem in the UK. This is one of three Derrick May‘s remixes released on Buzz in 1992 that were co-produced with Craig. The illusion first mix is 11 minutes and 15 seconds of Balearic bliss, the other two (Emotion Second Mix and Final Third Mix) are shorter and more beat heavy.

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Chez Damier – Help Myself (Reconstructed by Carl Craig) DOWNLOAD
Craig shows his soulful side on this remix of a another Detroit second waver who is legendary in his own right: Chez Damier. The original track is actually credited to C. Damier, D. Patel and A. Bascom (aka A:xus aka Abacus another prolific Detroit producer), it appears on the B side of “I Never Knew Love” and was released on Kevin Saunderson‘s KMS Records in 1992. This track is firmly in the style of mid 90’s Detroit house that was made famous by MK, but Craig adds tough panning techno beats to the soulful keys and twists the vocal sample to take it to the next level.