Cratebug's edits are secret weapons for Derrick Carter, Jackmaster, Kenny Dope & more – here, he moulds everything from Maya Angelou and Azymuth through Gary Beck and Todd Terje into his own vision of Chicago.
About this mix
Raised in Chicago (Shout to Pilsen, Logan Square and Humboldt Park); DJing since 1983; Remixing, editing, producing since 2009 where remixes of Yello's "Bostich" and of Francois Kevorkian's remix of Dinosaur L's "Go Bang" were my calling cards. In 2011 I joined forces with Jamie 3:26 (Google this cat. Trust.) to create the "Hit It N Quit It" edit – after 4 years, it's still killing house heads all over the world. Have had vinyls out on Lumberjacks In Hell, Grimy, KAT Records, Tugboat Edits, Derrick Carter's Persnickety Sounds and my own Bug Records. Incidentally, "Sinna Man" and "The Message" are due for vinyl release on Kenny Dope's DOPEWAX label in the latter months of 2015, so stay tuned.
I'm told I have a style. In all honesty, my 'style', in terms of remixing and production, derives and is heavily influenced by a conglomerate of the following:
At the top of the list, I am a Chicago DJ. I had doubles of everything on vinyl for scratching, tricks and live remixing. A big help was getting in the game before house music was House Music (and loving it from the jump when it did drop).
I heard early Chi DJs heard every day of the week on WCYC 90.5FM, 107.5 WGCI plus The Hot Mix 5 on 102.7 FM WBMX. It fostered exposure to the production, arrangement and styles of legendary American, French, Italian, Spanish and German DJs-turned-remixers, producers and artists behind countless classic Disco, Italo, High Energy, Techno and Electro joints
That was crystallised by the local records stores: Importes Etc, Loop Records, Hot Jams, Gramaphone Records. All served as hot beds of DJ activity and interaction and where I went to grab the "other stuff" and obscurities they didn't play on the radio.
Every track in this mix is either an edit or a personal reworked version; new and unreleased – and yes, all my edits are definitely Chicago. If my style screams anything, it screams CHICAGO.
A heartfelt thank you to Gabriel Szatan and Boiler Room for the invite. Enjoy.
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