Featured Tracks: Paperclip People(Carl Craig)/LCD Soundsystem “Throw”

Alex Calhoun —  April 25, 2011 — Leave a comment

Planet E is one of the most seminal and consistently producing labels in Detroit. Starting in the early 1990’s and stretching to today, Planet E has put out some of the hottest Detroit techno releases from both local legends and from those stretching around the world. Planet E label head and producer Carl Craig has long blessed us with a slew of fantastic releases on his own label under a myriad of aliases. Ever since I saw him perform live under his Paperclip People moniker at a rave in 1997, I have been a big fan of his work under all guises. So you can believe I was excited on Record Store Day to find a repress of one of the biggest tracks by Paperclip People, “Throw”! Plus this particular repress has a B-side of LCD Soundsystem covering “Throw”. Intriguing. When I got home and tossed on this album, I was transported back to my warehouse days. The first thing that gets me on this track is the simple but quickly addictive bass-line as the track slowly and subtly builds up. The basic old school synth stabs, the reverbed out, shrieking dance commands in the middle of the track followed by some playful filter work, this track is what Detroit dance music was all about in the 90’s. The flipside is a cover of this original track by the New York dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem. Normally, I’m a bit iffy about bands covering classic electronica, but this was spot on. James Murphy and crew nailed this track, while adding just enough of their own creativity to keep it fresh. I particularly love the strange, distorted guitar drones that last through most of the song. This track would fit perfectly into a slow house/nu disco type of set. Awesome. If nothing else, this album was worth it to me for the sheer nostalgic feeling I get for 14 minutes whenever I put it on. If you want a copy and live in the Detroit Area, there were still a few in stock at Detroit Threads last time I was there(unless there has been a run on Carl Craig vinyl). Oh yeah, and make sure to check out Carl Craig playing under his 69 pseudonym at this years Movement festival, you’ll be glad you did.



Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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