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Techno deity Carl Craig adds to the stellar cast list of Minstry’s Masterpiece series with three CDs clunkily called ‘Aspiration’, ‘Inspiration’ and ‘Meditation’. Effectively present(ish), past and downtempo, it’s a fascinating glimpse into one of dance’s most fertile minds. Organic, warm, but stiletto-sharp, CD1 moves from crunchy deep house to melodic techno, raw electro and back, Craig’s own subtle edit of Tom Trago’s soaring disco-house missile ‘Use Me Again’ standing out. The second CD takes things towards Motown, blues, jazz and reggae, and features the icy, motorik groove of ‘Icon’ by Carl’s mentor Derrick May. The final CD is an hour of new Craig material. Intense, downtempo electronica, almost trance-like in places, Craig’s mojo is still very much working.
File under What makes a techno don tick
Download Tom Trago ‘Use Me Again’; Muddy Waters ‘Mannish Boy’
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