Carl Craig at Life Club
Carl Craig is a Detroit-based producer of techno music, and is considered to be one of the most important names in the Detroit second generation of techno. He is a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. He released his first track in 1989 on a Virgin Uk compilation album, with two singles following on labels run by his first collaborator Derrick May.
LIFE, one of my favourite clubs in Brighton due to its careful and sophisticated music selection, booked him for a special night on the last Bank Holiday of the summer.
Two great Brighton based artists, Leon Vynehall and Lorca, opened up the night.
Vynehall is a producer first but DJing is something he takes seriously and his Aka Aka Roar residency has gradually molded him into a proper mixer.
London-born Brighton-bred newcomer Sam Cassman aka Lorca has absolutely zero contrivance and a surplus of potential. His production skills are top of the game right now. His tune ‘Hold Back’, released on Left_Blank alongside a track from Visionist, is a great, sexy, catchy, mellow tune and once you hear it you won’t stop listening. Lorca’s housey vibes never fail to get the crowd going!
And then Carl Craig stepped out around one 1 o’clock; with a blistering set of techno and house, old and new, he moved us to another dimension for exactly two hours.
He is a talented musician and grew up playing guitar and absorbing the then already popular music of the Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May) in the 80s. Throughout the years his musical repertoir has made him a genuine force in the electronic music scene. LIFE club continues to bring out some big, memorable technohouse acts, even making clubs in Berlin squirm with jealousy.