Jasper James' Top 5 Carl Craig tracks

The Glaswegian DJ selects his all-time favourite Carl Craig tracks.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 27th Mar 2018.
Originally published: 24th Mar 2017

Image: Jasper James Credit: Here & Now

As a true Detroit techno legend, Carl Craig's influence on dance music and the people who play it is tremendous. Ahead of their gig at Victoria Theatre in Halifax, we asked Jasper James to whittle down his favourite CC tracks to just five and tell us why they've made the cut...

Tres Demented - 'Brain Freeze'

This has been one of my biggest go-to tracks for as long as I can remember. The hypnotic, driving bassline with that squelchy synth and demented sounding vocal literally sends the club crazy every time!

Paperclip People - 'The Throw'

This is one of my favourite house tracks ever made. I still get goosebumps up my spine when the high-pitch female vocal comes into play. It reminds me of going down to the Sub Club for the first time with my fake ID and sweating profusely on the dancefloor to this. I think I might have punched a few holes in the ceiling as well.

Carl Craig - 'Climax' 

Absolute classic, which was one of the biggest tracks for me during my residency at Phonox. Tip... let it ride. 15 mins long. If you ever need to go for a toilet break in the club here is what I call a 'toilet record'. You will come back feeling like a new born baby and the crowd will still have their hands in the air as if you never left.

Alexander Robotnick - 'Problèmes d'Amour' (Carl Craig Remix)

I used this track in a recent Mitchell Street mix and I've been playing it out loads again recently. I love the rawness of this track, the big break down with the rolling drum fills and driving baseline which almost sounds distorted which helps add to its charm. When that big open high hat comes in we're off! Carl at his best.

Carl Craig - Darkness (max mix)  


The better known version of this track has no drums and is more of a big, trippy synth belter. I prefer the max mix version which adds a big kick, drum-patterns and a deep sub. Results: a big belter brief!  Whenever I play this track out people always come up to ask what it is, this reminds of the type of track I would here Dom playing at Subculture and sending the club into a frenzy.

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