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Designer Music, Vol. 1

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Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
After the heady jazz-electronica fusion of 1999's Innerzone Orchestra album, Carl Craig returns to his dance-floor roots on Designer Music, a collection of remixes that visits numerous electronic styles, including acid house, progressive house, and down-tempo grooves. Craig is best known as a key figure in the development of Detroit techno alongside Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, and he conjures up that genre's dark, mechanical vibe in the clanging rework of Spacetime Continuum's "Kairo" and in the cold, detached vocals of Telex's "Moskow Diskow." But his warm and earthy side is also on display in the Latin-house rerub of Johnny Blas's "Picadillo," complete with ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
After the heady jazz-electronica fusion of 1999's Innerzone Orchestra album, Carl Craig returns to his dance-floor roots on Designer Music, a collection of remixes that visits numerous electronic styles, including acid house, progressive house, and down-tempo grooves. Craig is best known as a key figure in the development of Detroit techno alongside Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, and he conjures up that genre's dark, mechanical vibe in the clanging rework of Spacetime Continuum's "Kairo" and in the cold, detached vocals of Telex's "Moskow Diskow." But his warm and earthy side is also on display in the Latin-house rerub of Johnny Blas's "Picadillo," complete with flamenco guitar flourishes and Eddie Palmieri-style piano vamps. With five tracks clocking in at more than nine minutes, Craig flaunts his penchant for extended build and release. On the remix of Inner City's "Buena Vida," he teases the listener with three full minutes of a cappella soul singing and gently hissing hi-hat, before house music's signature four-on-the-floor thump finally enters the mix. The wait is excruciating, but the payoff is sweet.
All Music Guide - Diana Potts
Carl Craig resurfaces in mid-2000 with Designer Music, Vol. 1. Designer is a collection of hand-picked remixes Craig has done over the years, some of which were originally released only on 12" and using the alias "Designer Music," hence, the name of the series. If you are looking for the more popular Tori Amos and Deee-Lite remixes of past, you won't find them on this volume. Rather, Designer One is a collection of Carl's more intelligentsia efforts. Starting off the album with remixes of a spacy UFO and a Latin rhythmic Johnny Blas, Designer seems to be more of a funky instrumental than something from a techno label. By track four, Designer Music breaks out of its shell, when Craig returns to early techno with an incredible remix of Telex' "Moscow Disco." Other mentionables include a unique spin on Inner City's "Good Life" or "Buena Vida," as called on the album and Alexander Robotnik's "Problemz." It should be noted that most artists would be torn apart for remixing such classics, but Craig does it proper with class and most importantly elements of funk and soul. For those fans itching for more of the Paperclip People sound, elements show up on the last two remixes, especially the remix of Ron Trent. With each name that Craig works under, whether it is Innerzone Orchestra, Psyche, or Paperclip People, he displays a different side of his talent and artistic taste. With Designer Music, Vol. 1, Craig shows off his ability to break down the essential, recognizable elements of a song and put the pieces back together into a sound that is undeniably his own.
Entertainment Weekly - Will Hermes
From the classic martial swing of Ron Trent's "Altered States" to the visionary pan-Latin foreplay of Johnny Blas' "Picadillo," Craig's remixes embrace Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock, DJ tradition and auteurist ambition. The results is music a thrilling as it comes.

From the classic martial swing of Ron Trent's "Altered States" to the visionary pan-Latin foreplay of Johnny Blas' "Picadillo," Craig's remixes embrace Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock, DJ tradition and auteurist ambition. The results is music a thrilling as it comes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2009
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 754091525521
  • Catalog Number: 5637241312
  • Sales rank: 213,655

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Planet Plan (9:21)
  2. 2 Picadillo - Johnny Blas (7:33)
  3. 3 Out of the Storm - Incognito (10:38)
  4. 4 Moskow Diskow - Telex (6:18)
  5. 5 Moment of Truth - BT (6:35)
  6. 6 Buena Vida - Inner City (9:25)
  7. 7 Kairo (9:46)
  8. 8 Problemz (9:18)
  9. 9 Altered States (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carl Craig Primary Artist
Inner City Track Performer
Telex Track Performer
Spacetime Continuum Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kevin Saunderson Producer
Giampiero Bigazzi Producer
Carl Craig Executive Producer
Johnny Blas Engineer
Ron Trent Producer
Maurizio Dami Producer
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