Back in 2008 Detroit techno icon Carl Craig teamed up with Les Siècles Orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Basic Channel’s Moritz von Oswald and the pianist Francesco Tristano to perform a live set which combined electronic and classical music. Now Craig’s Planet E label and Infiné are uniting to release an official album in March. Produced by Craig, the Versus album “mixes both orchestral and electronically enhanced versions of Carl Craig’s music in a ground-breaking techno collection of eight-tracks adapted for orchestra.” Craig will perform the album live with The Versus Synthesizer Ensemble, where he will be accompanied by five musicians. The first dates will be announced in January 2017. Craig succinctly says of the release, “Versus is my desire and dream come true to have my music interpreted by an orchestra.”
Techno titan Carl Craig is getting set to once again bring the sound and spirit of Detroit many miles, across bodies of water and international borders, to a temporary home in Ibiza.
For four Sundays this summer, the Space Discoteca in Ibiza will host Craig’s Detroit Love. It was in 2008 that Craig first played in Ibiza, and Space was the place where he made his debut on the island.
“It was great,” he remembers, “I think it was cool because I played these tunes that would have been Ibiza staples, but a lot of people wouldn’t have played them – like Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ kind of pushed it. I also played for Space’s 25th birthday last year and that was a magical and standout show with crazy production.”
Now Craig is making Space the launching pad for what he hopes will be a wave of worldwide love for Detroit music. At the Detroit Love opening party, both Craig and Jimmy Edgar will play. And in the following weeks, Derrick May, Moodymann, Magda, Moritz Von Oswald and others will be part of the experience, spreading the Motor City vibe in a way that Craig hopes will bring good karma back to his home town.
“I would like to see Detroit become a major metropolis again in the United States and that the nightlife would take some cues from Berlin,” he says. “I would like to see crime lower and I would like to see more young kids making techno music.”
Detroit Love @ Space, Ibiza
Carl Craig, Heidi, Jimmy Edgar
Carl Craig feat. Mad Mike Banks, Moritz von Oswald, Robert Hood
Carl Craig, Derrick May, Moodymann
Carl Craig, Magda, Octave One live
DJ/producer Martin Buttrich has been celebrating two decades of music with his #9414 20 Years of Martin Buttrich tour. The tour isn’t just a mere victory lap for the seminal producer though — it also marks the launch of his new label plus the spearheading of a collaborative new album set for release in 2015.
Known for his stellar work behind the boards, this tour marks his long-awaited step into the spotlight, having spent years producing much-loved tracks for fellow producers like Timo Maas and Loco Dice and making killer remixes, like his Grammy-award remix of Tori Amos’ “Don’t Make Me Come to Vegas.”
Check out the North American tour dates and Buttrich’s tour video below.
26th – Detroit, TV Bar
27th – Chicago, Spy Bar
28th – Los Angeles, Sound
29th – San Francisco, Public Works
3rd – Miami, Trade
5th – NYC, Output
6th – Montreal, Stereo
It’s been more than two days since I’ve eased myself back into life in New York after Detroit’s tenth annual Movement Festival, formerly known as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. I’m not sure what it is about the experience that makes writing about it so hard. Maybe it’s my lack of distance from the event — the fact that I came of age in the Detroit techno scene in the late ’90s, the festival the culminating event of every summer for the past ten years. Maybe it’s the joy of revisiting the cultural space that once provided the only meaningful context for my young life I could find. Or maybe it’s the bittersweet satisfaction of seeing, no, hearing and feeling the violent outcry of a city that never seems to get a break ringing out from its damaged core, the specter of recent blows to its already ailing automotive industry casting an uneasy shadow over the festival’s vibrant lights (The General Motors building is, after all, adjacent to Hart Plaza. It figures as a vague reminder of the once great city’s ongoing struggle.)
Because Detroit has always been a place where one can experience, in a deeply visceral way, the sharpest of contrasts between life, death, anomie, and post-apocalyptic decay. When I first heard the sound of techno 12 years ago, stepping into a rave at the infamous Packard Plant, I discovered in those pounding, anarchic beats a startling palimpsest of soul and warmth — a warmth Derrick May brought back during the festival’s closing set this past Monday when he dropped Aril Brikha’s 1998 breakout record “Groove La Chord.” But yes! About the festival…
This year’s personal highlights include:
– Steve Bug rocking the main stage with his trademark funky grooves
– Derrick May’s closing set, which would have blown off the roof, had there been one.
– The crowd a spasm of fever and arms during Loco Dice vs. Luciano
– Ryan Elliott rocking the Red Bull Music Academy Saturday
– Octave One: ’nuff said
– Ghostly’s Todd Osborn and friends tearing shit up with a brutal mix of minimal, electro and acid house at the Blank Artists showcase (Saturday night festival afterparty)
– Los Hermanos rocking the main stage with a sublime live performance of Detroit’s own DJ Rolando’s classic “Knights of the Jaguar”
– Ghostly’s Mike Servito and Derek Plaslaiko along with New York’s own Bryan Kasenic (aka Spinoza) of Beyond Booking throwing down mad beats at No Way Back (Sunday night afterparty)
– And, of course, Audion dropping dark, wicked grooves Monday evening at the underground (or Made In Detroit) stage.
All in all, it was an amazing weekend. Techno-philes, if you didn’t make the trip to the D this year, be sure to book plans for next year now. Hotels are reasonably priced and there’s nothing quite like experiencing the spirit of techno brought back to its roots. And when you hear the pounding rhythms of Jeff Mills’ “Steps to Enchantment” filling all the Motor City’s majestic and tragic evacuated spaces, you’ll know that your recession dollars were dollars well spent.
Words & images: J.Peter