Carl Craig ‎– At Les (Christian Smith Remixes)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TR53 Carl Craig At Les (Christian Smith Remixes)(12", Aqu) Tronic TR53 Sweden 2010 Sell This Version
TR53 Carl Craig At Les (Christian Smith Remixes)(12", Blu) Tronic TR53 Sweden 2010 Sell This Version
TR53 Carl Craig At Les (Christian Smith Remixes)(2xFile, AAC, 256) Tronic TR53 Sweden 2010
TR53 Carl Craig At Les (Christian Smith Remixes)(2xFile, MP3, 320) Tronic TR53 Sweden 2010

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SYSTEM-J

SYSTEM-J

November 4, 2017
referencing At Les (Christian Smith Remixes), 12", Aqu, TR53
Surely one of the greatest remixes ever made. Carl Craig's original version is a melancholic classic of skittery Detroit futurism, almost more jazz than techno. As such, it has a purist reverence amongst connoisseurs that almost invariably leads them to turn their noses up at a more club-minded interpretation. However, Christian Smith's career-high Tronic Treatment is a perfect example of how a remix should be done. The descending synth motif of the original always reminds me of the symphonic trickles of James Horner's iconic score to Aliens, and Smith propels this angle into a full-blown futuristic journey. What really stands out is how he manages to re-use almost every element of the original, right down to chopping the jazzy drums and looping them into the groove, whilst creating an atmosphere and effect which is radically different to the source material. The result is both the apotheosis of the emotive club anthem and also a remarkably evocative mood piece at the same time. It was one of the biggest records of 2010, and made At Les a classic all over again to a new generation.
TIM

TIM

January 2, 2012
edited over 7 years ago
referencing At Les (Christian Smith Remixes), 12", Aqu, TR53

I'm somewhat confused about the remix. Take a seminal melodic interlude and turn it into a techno anthem. IMO goes against what the track truly created within the context of more main tracks on the original full length album it was on. While I think it's successful it's a bit selfish of Christian Smith. It really sounds like a track of it's own with a sample of at les around it at parts like a dj would ad lib and do. What this remix does show is how talented Carl Craig is. Because Carl Craig remixes songs usually eclipsing the original. Christian just makes an extended version for use in a techno set for the club even adding a filtered breakdown to encourage my chin stroking. Im sure super clubs in Ibiza would have loved this 10 years ago. Ho hum.