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05 Feb 13
Played by: Shadow Dancer, Daniel Dexter, Agoria, DJ Hell, Carl Craig, Sister Bliss, Myles Serge, Kevin Saunderson
Review: It's always difficult to strike a balance when remixing a pioneer like Carl Craig. Change the original material to make it sound radically different and you get accused of messing with their genius; make only subtle alterations and you get criticised for taking the money in exchange for little effort. Thankfully, these versions of Craig's 69 project manage the difficult feat of making the original sound good without stealing its magic. Prolific Dutch artist Rod turns "Poi et Pas" into a pumping, hissing percussion stomper, its intense chords building and dropping continuously. There is also an 'unreleased' version, which trawls through broken beats and emotive electronic riffs to create an abstract yet emotive track.
26 Sep 11
Played by: Sebastian Bayne [if? Records], Shadow Dancer, Borgie, Alkalino, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Cottam, Greencross, Alex Mayer
Review: Some of Carl Craig's most rewarding output has focused on introspection - check Landcruising if you're in any doubt - and he explores this terrain on Just Another Day to devastating effect. "Darkness" is a brooding wash of synths and chords, which rise and ebb spectacularly, while "Sandstorms" and the attendant C2 remix explore the string-soaked builds of his contemporary techno approach, only without the pounding beats. The real highlight however is "Twilight"; starting off as a jazz-tinged ambient composition it flirts with the kind of widescreen emotive melodies Derrick May pioneered on "Icon". Highly recommended.
24 Mar 97
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29 May 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Monty Luke, Peter Edison, Estroe, Shadow Dancer, Posthuman
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.
23 Jul 11
Played by: Alex Mayer
Review: Reprising the Latin joys of Dutch legend Daniel Kneppers' debut on Planet E, Orlando Voorn takes "The Kick Off" into new territory on this second, and frankly delicious, bite of the cherry. Framing the original's Cuban-sounding pianos and swirling synth textures around a new, more filled-out beat, Voorn adds a devilishly abstinent and driving two-note bassline that acts as an exciting counterpoint to the Latin motifs, and makes for a predictably brilliant remix from the Dutch-born Detroit master.
21 Oct 11
Review: It sounds like Kneppers has immersed himself in the sound of 90s UK techno as much as the Detroit sound. Indeed, the title track takes its inspiration from the frenetic jazz techno of Dave Angel and Vince Watson's more upbeat arrangements on Bio as a rolling rhythm breaks into a dramatic, surging chord sequence and epic strings soar all the way to infinity and beyond. However, Kneppers is also tuned into the Planet E back catalogue and "You FO" takes the shimmering chords of late 90s era Carl Craig and fuses them with the broken beats of Recloose and the pulsing, acidic bass of Common Factor to create something familiar yet strangely unique.
27 Dec 11
12 Jul 11
Review: Released as part of a new wave of Planet E artists, Ezana Harris reps for Detroit in an exciting new way on this debut four-track release. Title tune "I Am Ready" bears as much influence from jazz and Dilla-esque soul as it does Jeff Mills or Carl Craig. "Revolution" however is as unique as they get - a minimal kora-sounding lead, with tropical kicks and a slowly building wall of samples gaining steam around it. Slowed-down closer "Japon" is the real highlight though, with a heartbreaking arpeggio taking centre stage over some gently gliding chords and thumping beats that come together to produce something truly memorable. Essential.
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01 Jun 10
Played by: Fish Go Deep, The Revenge, Shadow Dancer, Orlando Voorn, Alkalino, Andre Lodemann, Juno Recommends Techno, Eddie Da Silva, Enzo Canale, Zombie Nation, Tiger Stripes, Tale Of Us
Review: Carl Craig's Planet E unleash three intriguing yet danceable remixes of "Glob," taken from Kenny Larkin's Keys, Strings and Tambourines LP from two years ago. Claude Von Stroke is first up and delivers a killer effort, with a rework is rooted firmly in heads down territory, fully embracing the moodiness of motor city for this excellent remix. Berghain resident Ben Klock delves into some off key, tech-house with scuffed snares and deep bassline whilst Larkin's own remix concentrates on jacking lead rhythms.
03 Mar 10
01 Nov 11
Review: Philly producer King Britt returns with a wonderful, and somewhat surprising release. The title track is an understated affair, its clipped, mid-tempo beats underpinning melancholic textures and sad, half-heard vocals. It's as if Britt has spent a lot of time listening to indie shoe-gazers and Terrence Dixon's pointillist techno rather than jazzy house. "Things Take Time" is marginally more upbeat, as a faster groove play host to sub-sonic bleeps and rave signals appear amid the flowing, melodic chord sequences. It's a welcome return from Britt, so let's hope that lovers of his soulful back catalogue can empathise with this new direction.
14 May 13
Played by: Paul Hazendonk
12 Jul 11
Review: As Planet E's current run of releases attests, Detroit's house and techno community is in the middle of a renaissance. This is borne out further by "Futures Unholding" by new artist Monty Luke. Diverting from the Motor City house script, "Futura" is a heavy, tribal house affair, its epic chords sounding more similar to the 90s Tenaglia/Tribal sound than Omar S or Reggie Dokes. However, it becomes clear on "When We Left Earth" that Luke is from Detroit; its stripped back rhythms are reminiscent of Juan Atkins at his most obtuse and the eerie synths sound like classic Aux 88. Luke Hess's epic chord-led version of "Futura" completes an impressive release from this new school Detroiter.
04 Oct 11
Played by: Alkalino, Juno Recommends Techno, Baldo, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Liss C., The Rhythm Odyssey, Carl Craig
Review: These remixes of Pursuits on Carl Craig's legendary Planet E imprint succeed in providing visceral dancefloor thrills. The remix from Daphni (aka Dan Snaith, better known as Caribou) features heavy drums, insistent vocal samples and discordant acid lines, combining for a wild analogue climax. The Cwejam approach is somewhat less abrasive, with busy drums combined with dark riffing, but the end result is largely similar- highly effective but uncompromising techno. Recommended.
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01 Aug 11
Played by: Peter Edison, Shadow Dancer, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, The Undah-Dub, Axer Rouf, Sean Danke, Chris Chambers, Hannah Wild, Gareth Bilaney, Frank Sonic, Carl Taylor
Review: One of Carl Craig's trillion monikers is Paperclip People and here, the Detroit don serves up the 4 My Peepz EP on his own label Planet E, remixed by two of the biggest names in the game: Dubfire and Loco Dice. Pounding, head strong and dirty techno is on the menu and Dubfire's rework of "4 My Peepz", despite its almost hip-hop-esque title, sticks firmly to the underground with its heavy kick drums and whirring sirens. Up "Parking Garage Politics" gets a remix from Loco Dice; minimal and sparse as it is, it's constructed in just the right way as it builds and progresses into a thoroughly hypnotic affair - Juno's pick of the two. Highly recommended stuff.
13 Dec 11
Review: It's hard to believe that Carl Craig's label is celebrating twenty years in business and that incredulity is mainly down to Craig's own back catalogue. For those who didn't turn in first time round or who were still in nappies, this re-release of Behaviour shows why Craig is one of techno's greatest producers. The "Digital Bounce 2" remix sees the original track's shimmering synths married with dubby beats, with Craig's musical sounds soaring to an epic finale. However, the best version is the "Digital Bounce 1", where the same synth sequences unravel against the backdrop of a psychedelic, ambient scape.
16 Apr 13
Review: While the physical version of this valuable Carl Craig reissue contains timeless tracks like the dense house grooves of "Chicken Noodle Soup", the sensuous deep techno of "Elements" and "From Beyond" - one of the most irresistibly gloomy Carl Craig compositions - the digital version offers even more. There's "Please Stand By", where rough and raw breakbeats are teased out - like hardcore on a handful of downers - and the super deep and reflective "It's A Shame" and "How The West Was Won". Finally, the aptly named "Sleep" ends the compilation, its sombre ambience providing a soothing outro for Carl Craig completists.
12 Jul 11
Review: New wave Detroit artists Luke Hess and Brian Kage know a thing or two about crafting underground techno, but Another Place sees them deliver a bona fide anthem. The original track is all about the synths: dramatic flourishes hang over the arrangement like a colossus and provide a perfect backdrop for the unnamed but epic vocal that weaves its way in and out of the arrangement. On the Zonestrumental version, the vocal comes to the fore again. While the synths are still audible, on this occasion, it's the combination of key and string stabs that guide this version onto epic, C2-style levels.
12 Jul 11
Review: With the Oliverwho Factory likely to enjoy crossover success thanks to their appearance on Lerosa's "Ordinary People", this release shows exactly why the Italian producer was so keen to work with them. Lead track "Jealousy" is centred on a grungy bass and hissing percussion, but it's the falsetto vocals intoning: "gets you all the time", which make it stand out. "Like Whatcha Got" follows a similar artistic trajectory, but it is warmed thanks to its rich chords and plucked strings. By contrast, the instrumental version of "Jealousy" sounds naked, but that's a small price to pay for the Womack & Womack of Detroit house.
01 Jun 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
22 Jun 10
Review: Whilst there are plenty of producers from Detroit who command the "legendary" prefix, Sherard Ingram is more worthy than most. His work as Urban Tribe - which includes the album The Collapse Of Modern Culture produced in tow with Carl Craig, Anthony Shake Shakir and Moodymann - has marked Ingram out amongst the second wave of Detroit techno acts. Ingram also pioneered the usage of electro tracks at 45rpm whilst playing in clubs as DJ Stingray. The Loyal Oppostion EP sees Urban Tribe resurface on the Planet E imprint (with a spot of help from C2C) and gives you four tracks of abstract mutant techno. On "Micro Manager" lush Detroit soundscapes are given the jackhammer treatment by uptempo kicks, whilst "Sycophant" offers up brooding motor city soul at its best. The punishing jagged industrial funk of "Apathy" and the abundance of lackadaisical synth washes on "Insolitology" round off a return to form for Planet E.
05 Apr 11
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