THROWBACK THURSDAY: Carl Craig - At Les [1997]

Given that this week marked techno legend Carl Craig’s 49th birthday – happy belated tidings Carl! – this week’s Throwback Thursday highlights one of the jewels in the maestro’s back catalogue.

Nestled midway through his 1997 album, More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art, released on Planet E, At Les is classic Detroit: mellow, melodic synths weave and sway over a raw 909 beat.

One of the undisputed highlights of the so-called ‘second wave‘ of Detroit techno.

In a 2017 interview with XLR8R, Carl explained why At Les continues to retain its allure, more than 20 years after its initial release.

“At Les is a track that has been able to live for a long time because it is easy to cover it,” he explained.

“There is a musical aspect of it, there is the sound, and there is a sonic characteristic that comes not only from the recordings but how it is arranged. It just emotes a feeling that, at least in versions that I have been involved in, has transpired through the music.”

Here at 909originals, we’re inclined to agree.

[Kudos to JC Frequency for the YouTube upload]

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