Carl Craig 'Versus' (InFiné)
Take dance music visionary Carl Craig, add a prodigious pianist, a pioneer of dub techno and an orchestra, and you get ‘Versus’: an album of dramatic neo-classical reinterpretations of some of Craig’s best-known work. A decade in the making, he leads his collaborators (a list which includes Basic Channel, Moritz von Oswald and Francesco Tristano) through an album full of grand themes. Passages of pummeling grooves, emotional strings and delicate piano are impressively tied together by Craig’s dancefloor expertise. His remix of Maurizio’s ‘Domina’ is transformed into a Lalo Schifrin-style thriller soundtrack, while ‘At Les’ morphs from sleepy orchestral ambience to growling tech rave-up at the flick of a baton.