Classic lo fi bleeps and samples from Techno Dad Carl Craig at the top of his game.
The other day I read an excellent recent interview with Craig by Joe Muggs on The Arts Desk. I was most interested to read that the producer was hugely influenced by his first extended DJ visit to the UK at the height of the rave explosion in 1990. Here he encountered many bizarre musical characters, including early hardcore pioneers like Shut Up and Dance who were using breakbeats and general messy plunderphonics to great effect. Carl also applied a touch of this ethic to Detroit techno. There’s a dirty sound to it, the opposite of most techno tunes at the time which were clean and precise – more like an old reggae sound. This kind of production sounds amazing on a big PA, incidentally.
The bit when the breakbeat kicks in, and then all the other elements return….well, it’s just one of those special moments. And techno, like movies, is all about those special moments.
More importantly for our purposes, it transpires that Mr Craig is a techno dad himself. He talks about trying to teach his kids how to do techno, in a bid to further the family business.