Craig’s performance, a live soundtrack to one of Andy Warhol’s short films, is the kind of multi-media project that the Detroit musician has been doing with increasing frequency lately.
This Friday at London’s Southbank Centre, he’s appearing in collaboration with Francesco Tristano and Moritz von Oswald, with supporting acts Matmos, DJ Sprinkles, Henrik Schwarz, and Bugge Wesseltoft rounding out what amounts to a dream lineup for fans of avant-garde techno.
You can catch a whiff of that vibe on his new chart for Beatport, which includes the Moritz von Oswald Trio’s masterful ambient drifter, ‘Pattern 2’. For the most part though, the chart is all about the kind of deep, grinding, levitation-friendly techno that Craig is best known for.
That means a handful of Craig’s own remixes of course, for Etienne Jaumet, DJ Hell featuring Bryan Ferry, and Monty Luke.
Don’t miss the original version of Monty Luke’s ‘Art, Love & War’, which for my money is even better than the C2 remix, with nerve-wracking synth swells and clean percussive lines recalling Radio Slave’s hydroplaning beats, with a tiny trace of swing reflecting Luke’s history in the 2-step trenches. It’s only this Detroit transplant’s third record, and it’s a monster.
The playlist leans heavily on Detroit talent, from Planet E’s own Psycatron and Kenny Larkin, to the pioneering Anthony “Shake” Shakir (whose new career retrospective ‘Frictionalisms 1994-2009’, is an essential purchase for anyone interested in the deeper side of techno), and Omar S.
The latter’s ‘Flying Blind’ rolls along at a housey 120 BPM, but its chiming synths and gentle groove lend themselves just as well to cheek-to-cheek slow-dancing.