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Carl Craig presents new album project ‘Versus’

Carl Craig presents new album project ‘Versus’

Thursday, 23 February 2017 3710 Views 0 Comments

Featuring Francesco Tristano, Les Siecles orchestra and conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth

On May 5th, Carl Craig will release his new album project Versus – the adaptation of Craig’s techno masterpieces into powerful symphonic versions.

Versus originally premiered in 2008, with a unique live debut at La Cité de La Musique, Paris, where Carl Craig was joined by Les Siècles orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth, the techno mastermind Moritz von Oswald and the piano prodigy Francesco Tristano,  who arranged and orchestrated all the tracks. The performance, one of the first of its kind to combine electronic and classical composition, received five standing ovations and had over 1 million views online of the original filmed recording. 

Of the live performance, Gilles Peterson said: “I’m in awe of Carl’s determination to stretch the boundaries of techno… and prove that electronic beats are as much “music” as violins or cellos.”

Nine years later, Versus is realised into an album composition, to be released on May 5th.    

 The first EP release from the album is the mythical 1994 techno classic ‘Sandstorms‘, originally released on the ‘Just Another Day’ EP, with the title as a reference to the Gulf war raging at the time. The new 12″, released March 17th, features the studio version of the Versus orchestral adaptation, as well as an unreleased take of the original, both carefully crafted by Carl Craig himself, on blue-coloured vinyl. 


Listen to The Wire exclusive premiere HERE

Pre-order limited edition vinyl HERE

Pre-order digital HERE

First Versus Synthesizer Ensemble Live tour dates announced

Carl Craig will be joined by five musicians on stage, together interpreting the music from the album on to a synthesizer wall. 

27- 29.05.17 Detroit, Movement Festival (US)

17.06.17 Barcelona, Sonar (Spain)

16.07.17 Dour, Dour Festival (Belgium)

27.08.17 London, SW4 (UK)


Versus album track listing announced 




1. Enter the Darkness

2. Darkness

3. Coding Sequence

4. Sandstorms

5. At Les

6. You’re Our Best and Only Friend

7. Desire

8. Barcelona Trist

9. The Melody

10. Domina

11. Error In Replication

12. C-Beams Glitter

13. Technology

14. Coding Cycle