MATOM is the joint effort by Cagedbaby and Radio Slave‘s Matt Edwards. I discovered their album earlier this week and thought what bad luck it is have your record out the same week as You’re Dead, but in fact “Love Mistakes” was released in September already. There’s a lot to like about the record, most importantly it put me in the state of mind of the firsttwo Carl Craig albums or my all-time favourite compilation Soul in Motion, machine-made music with a soul. For me tracks like “Experiment One Variation Three”, “Hansa”, “Piano Two Variation Four” and the title track were enough to consider a purchase. My favourite record to come out on Planet E in a very long time!
You can buy your copy of “Love Mistakes” on BleepiTunes and all good record stores.
When Fact Magazine posted their twopart series The greatest techno albums you’ve never heard, that got me thinking. The first thought that came into my mind was Clark‘s seminal record Lofthouse, a record which I think should’ve made it into such a selection. But let’s get two things out of the way first: this particular Clark is Mark Bell (opposed to Warp-signed Chris Clark), one half of LFO and producer involved in several of Björk’s records, among other things. Secondly, the album was anything but unheard of at the time when it came out in 1995 on the Planet E imprint. I remember hearing tracks from the album on Claude Young’s and Carl Craigs DJ-Kicks mixes, an accolade from two Detroit legends that few European artists have received (Maurizio did, too!) However, it seems that Lofthouse has become a record many have forgotten about over the years (or don’t know at all!), so here’s a little reminder.A1. Jak To Basics
* just to be sure you don’t miss the links
I don’t recall many records that start with their weakest track and in a way I even wonder how Jak To Basics ended up on it, it’s so terrible that I’d almost understand if people didn’t bother to listen any further. From there on there are no fillers on the album, the fact that I have trouble picking a favourite should be a good indication. If you’re old enough, it would be hard to believe that you haven’t heard Clip or the title-track Lofthouse before, they were part of many sets. By today’s standard I’d pitch them both down just a bit, but well, those were the nineties! As for the rest of the record, you’ll mostly hear pleasantly warm machine music, that so-called High Tech Soul people keep reminiscing about. Especially Christo and Knowledge share the qualities of some of Carl Craig’s finest, Elements or Neurotic Behaviour, both taken from a record we incidentally wrote about today.
If you’re after this fine record, which you should, your only way seems to be the second-hand vinyl market, try Discogs or MusicStack. There is no and never has been a digital version of Lofthouse and as far as I can tell it’s not even on Planet E’s own streaming service. Good luck!
In fact these were so popular, that several releases with different versions came out on a handful of labels. Some of them are easy to find in record stores or on the internet, especially the Planet E reissues. If you’re a die hard collector it must be tough finding all of them, how did people even keep track before Discogs?
Personally, I don’t care so much about it being remastered, who even know what it means. The only downer for me is the new artwork, but it’s the unplayed records I’m looking forward to. If you’re after the first issue, second hand copies aren’t expensive. The reissue is available on CD and 2-LP, I haven’t found a digital version yet (iTunes sells the 1996 version!)
While I’m at it, I should also mention there’s a live recording from a 1998 gig in San Francisco. Good music and hilariously funny!
I haven’t been feeling that well lately, but that also means I had a lot of time to go through some mixes. This week I want to catch up on some I’ve been enjoying in the last couple of days.
My favourite comes from FaltyDL, who is also one of my favourite producers these days. He’s got a new album coming out this year and talked to Dummy Mag about that. And yes, he also made them a pretty good mix. No tracklist, but I’ve spotted some bits by Floating Points and Oriol.
Coming in as second is this live recording by Greymatter, who’s been playing in São Paulo the other week. The whole thing was recorded and is now available from his SoundCloud page.
Last week, Benji B had a chat with the legendary Carl Craig on his radio show. For me that show was a first highlight of the year, as they revisited some of my favourite music and Carl had some nice stories to share (I never heard that Recloose story in detail!) While the show is still on the iPlayer (where you should always support your favourites), you might want to download the show for later.
While we’re at Carl Craig, you might also want to get your hands on the Essential Mix.
If you prefer some darker sounds, check out Untold‘s guest mix for Clash Magazine, it’s been around for a while already. And for more of that soun check Pinch‘s contribution to the Resident Advisor podcast.
With Planet E turning 20 this year, I’m sure this isn’t the last post on Carl Craig to appear on this side. Here is a short interview in which the Detroit producer talks about his beginnings and how he started the label.
If you haven’t checked out Carl’ humorous take on bootlegs, you should do so now. There are currently five tracks you can download for free!
Here’s the “C2 re-appropriated re-edit of the appropriated version by Unknown Artist Track 3 that is The Climax“. Confused? A bootleg of this classic Paperclip People’s made the rounds and Carl Craig is taking it with some humor – he’s stealing it back.
He is also inviting you to support him in his cause, so download his re-edit of the re-edit (!) and if you’re a musician make a version of your own. And that’s what Quinto and Guy’Hom did, listen to their versions below.
Watch out for more versions on Carl’s Twitter account.
01. Paul Woolford – Achilles (promo edit)
02. Franck Roger – Re-Scape
03. Agent X – Driftin
04. Kirk Degiorgio – Vesuvio
05. Quadrant – Hyperprism (edit)
06. Psycatron feat. Blake Baxter – She Is Music (promo edit)
07. Newworldaquarium – Trespassers
08. Reference – Best Night in Detroit
09. The Oliverwho Factory – Nightlights (C2 Bonus Beats)
10. Monty Luke – Art, Love & War (C2 Version)
11. Paperclip People – Slam Dance
12. Paperclip People – Clear and Present
As Carl Craig’s Planet E label has finally landed on SoundCloud, there are some older mixtapes for you to listen to. My favourite is this Paperclip People live-set from 1998, recorded at San Francisco’s Fever. Also available is this mix for the Compost Radio Show, in which Carl plays some older music that inspired him. Unfortunately, these mixes are not officially available for download and can only be listened to through the SoundCloud page.
Just today, Bodytonic has put out their latest podcast and of course it comes from no other than Carl Craig! It features the likes of Donald Byrd, Tribe, Detroit Experiment, Alice Coltrane or Bill Laswell – actually Carl announces the tracks he is playing!
This video is a joke, of course. It was filmed after Planet E signed a deal with distributor Caroline. Carl Craig outlines his visions of how to take over the world and you get to see footage of Detroit with music from the label playing in the background. Makes me wonder how Carl managed not to laugh once in this!
Another video captures moments of his performance at Centre Pompidou in Paris. Carl was supported by Wendell Harrison of Tribe (saxophone & clarinet), Mad Mike of Underground Resistance (keyboards) and Kelvin Sholar (keyboards). Two tracks from that recording are available on 12-inch through Planet E.
Following last year’s Sessions compilation, Detroit’s Planet E founder Carl Craig prepares to release a limited edition box-set of his 69 releases.
To be released on August 26, this specially designed vinyl package features the out-of-print 12-inches 4 Jazz Funk Classics (1991, PE69-1), Sound on Sound (1993, PE69170), Lite Music (1995, PE69339) and Pungtang (2006, PE 65284). On top of that comes a fifth disc with previously unreleased mixes.
Please note that this special edition is limited to only 500 copies worldwide, 100 of them contain an exclusive t-shirt. Pre-orders can be made at Rush Hour, Clone Records or Juno.
I remember reading somewhere, that Carl Craig wants to maintain a very careful policy on which of the label’s classic records will be re-released. Consequentially, The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King should be regarded as an exception for a few lucky ones.
Update Planet E’s Facebook page has some more images of the artwork made by Machine
Sep 1, 2009 This fine boxset is now available for purchase, try the links above!
Sep 11, 2009 Got my boxset today, the design of the box is very beautiful and each of the discs comes in a different color. I’m happy I got me this! However, the t-shirt doesn’t look great at all and the printing quality isn’t the best either.
As an appetizer to Flying Lotus‘ performance at Brainfeeder Barcelona, L.A. Record posted this mixtape. A video from the actual night has also been spotted, witness the crowd go crazy to the finest beats from Los Angeles.
In the latest XLR8R Podcast, Dudley Perkins walks us through a selection of love songs. Unconditional Love features music from Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Eddie Kendricks and everyone else who is concerned with matters of the heart.
London’s Bopstar returns with another podcast, this time presenting his favourite tunes of the year so far. Everybody with a soft spot for soulful dance music should get this one.
Carl Craig’s Planet E has finally announced the Tribe album “Rebirth” to be released on Community Projects soon. While there are no further details, this should be enough to make you wet your pants.
Crate diggers need to check out this serious looking portable turntable called Linos. Finally something that really fits into a pocket.
There certainly aren’t many artists out there, who have been involved in making electronic music for two decades. Carl Craig has been in the business for 20 years already, his first records being released back in 1989!
Ennio Styles of Australia’s Stylin radioshow has recorded a full show dedicated to the Detroit legend, featuring an essential selection of tracks and remixes by Carl Craig, and on top of that you get to hear an interview with him. Big respect, Ennio!
Stylin with Carl Craig
01. Innerzone Orchestra – Manufactured Memories
02. Psyche – Elements
03. Psyche – Andromeda
04. Psyche – Neurotic Behaviour
05. 69 – Desire
06. Paper Clip People – Oscillator
07. 69 – Ladies and Gentlemen
08. 69 – Microlovr
09. Carl Craig – At Les
10. Carl Craig – A Wonderful Life
11. Maurizio – Domina (Carl Craig’s Mind Mix)
12. Ultramarine – Hooter (Carl Craig Remix v1.25)
13. Carl Craig – Goodbye World
14. Incognito – Out of the Storm (C’s Planet E Special Mix)
15. The Detroit Experiment – Highest
16. Zap Mama feat. Erykah Badu – Bandy Bandy (Carl Craig Instrumental)
17. Innerzone Orchestra – People Make the World Go Round
18. Carl Craig – Twilight (Live in Paris)
19. Carl Craig – Televised Green Smoke
20. The Connection Machine – Bitflower
21. David ‘Fathead’ Newman – Shiloh
I also want to mention this interview with Carl Craig and Moritz von Oswald about their collaboration on the Recomposed record.