4. Carl Craig, 'Sessions' (K7, 2008)
For many dance artists, the real mark of acceptance isn't headlining a huge festival like Electric Zoo, but getting a Carl Craig remix. Maybe the most consistently brilliant and widely respected of Detroit's many great producers, the multi-aliased Craig is startling in his range and longevity. Few early-Nineties producers were exploring breakbeats and jazz with the sly facility of his "Bug in the Bass Bin" (recorded as Innerzone Orchestra), or transforming disco samples with the toughness of "Throw"(recorded as Paperclip People, and later covered by LCD Soundsystem) – never mind roaring back to life the way Craig did with a stunning string of mid-2000s remixes for Rhythm & Sound, Theo Parrish, Junior Boys, and X-Press 2. Sessions is a double-fistful of goodies (the CD is mixed, the digital has full tracks – your choice), and an ideal intro to a producer who never stops surprising.
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