Stream Carl Craig’s ‘At Les’ Versus version now and listen back to Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano and Kelvin Sholar play live on Gilles Peterson BBC’s 6 Music show
A composition taken from Carl Craig’s acclaimed second full-length release, 1997’s ‘More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art’, ‘At Les’ is classic techno at its finest. The track was originally composed whilst Carl watched a fire across the water from Detroit. “At Les is a song that has gone through time, it has held its own. It is one of those pieces where the instrumentation could change but you know it’s there.” wrote Carl.
This Versus edit built around Craig’s canonical techno-jazz version is a flourishing soundscape of oboes, trumpets and violins conducted by an authoritative synthesizer Four widescreen cinematic minutes of classically engineered rebirth proves once more that a true classic track does not need to bear allegiance to a musical genre.
On April 1st, on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6 Music show, techno maestro, Carl Craig, was joined by classical and experimental piano prodigy, Francesco Tristano, and prolific jazz musician, Kelvin Sholar, in a merging of musical styles from three (four, counting Gilles) musical aficionados, for a special BBC Maida Vale Live sessions. You can listen again below. It’s really interesting to hear from the minds of all of them and the compositions are beautiful takes on Carl Craig’s techno masterpieces. It shows how far techno can go and brings the elements and importance of classical and jazz powerfully into the present.
Listen here on the BBC: (starting at 1h30)
On May 5th, Carl Craig will release his new album project Versus – the adaptation of Craig’s techno masterpieces into powerful symphonic versions.