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Carl Cox brings Techno beats to Black Rock Desert in Global Underground
Edited Press Release
Longtime Techno DJ Carl Cox
releases his debut Global Underground mix album, ‘Black Rock Desert,’
on January 25th, 2010, taken from a storming two hour set at The
Opulent Temple in the Black Rock Desert this summer. Both of Cox's two
CDs in the album are bursting with exclusives, Global Underground said
in a press release.
CD1 includes the
whacked out groove of Tiefschwarz’s ‘Trust’ and Onionz’s ‘Spacebass’
(Original Mix), with its rocket jet booms and spiralling percussion.
Guy J’s ‘Lamur’ (Henry Saiz remix) drops a tribal robot stomp, before
the shuffling beats of Alan Fitzpatrick’s ‘Green Light’ take over.
Fitzpatrick also supplies a panting re-rub of ‘Slice’ from New York
techno legend Joey Beltram.
‘Main Room Part 1’ by Robbie Rivera opens CD2, with piercing strings
launching into a harder, more madcap mix that is Carl’s favourite of
the two. Joachim Gaurraud’s ‘No Techno In This Room Please’ is a
highlight with clanging bin-lid percussion, echoing howls and submarine
bass wallops. ‘Perfect Sunrise’ by Wilson Smallwood & Ingram drops
in gloopy twists reminiscent of 808 State’s ‘Pacific State’ and
Politeca’s ‘What Kind Of World’ closes with its pulsing, jazzy
No label encapsulates dance music's international explosion and
restless creativity quite like Global Underground. Launched in 1996
with a Tony de Vit mix album based on a visit to Tel Aviv, it has
expanded from a world-famous series of defining DJ mix CDs into all
areas of cutting edge dance music. They have released artist albums for
acts like James Lavelle's UNKLE, sound tracked some of the world’s most
popular TV shows, including CSI, and some of PlayStation's biggest
selling games, and staged fantastic parties in some of the world’s most
exotic locations -- not to mention selling over three million CDs. And
now they’ve touched down in Nevada.
"When I finally decided to do a Global Underground mix it just had to
be here," said Carl. "Everything aside from the entrance fee is free.
It’s all about sharing and contributing to the experience. People
barter, offering everything from free artwork installations to free
flirting lessons and drinks. And Nevada looks like a scene from mad
Jason Teplitsky and Syd Gris finally talked Carl into playing at the
festival’s Opulent Temple in 2008. He was so moved by the event, he
resolved to keep coming back every year. He continues, "It’s people who
are there for their own reasons -- whether it’s to laugh, to cry, to
have sex, to listen to music, whether you want to run around naked, or
fully clothed," says Carl. "It doesn’t matter if you are a big DJ. It’s
all about what you want to give. I’ve spent a lot of my own money to
play here, but I don’t care. I give people my music and I get back a
lot of love. That’s enough."
Carl defines techno: his 1995 techno mix album ‘F.A.C.T’ sold 250,000
copies; he had three Top 30 UK hits with ‘I Want You’ in 1991, The ‘Two
Paintings And A Drum’ EP in 1996, and later ‘Sensual Sophist-i-cat’.
From ‘96-‘03 his Ultimate Base night at London’s Velvet Rooms attracted
the likes of Sven Vath and Laurent Garnier, who used to come just to
dance. In ‘06, his night at Space won Best Ibiza Club Night at the
Ibiza DJ Awards, in ‘08 he returned to the UK with the Carl Cox and
Friends Night at Heaven and readers of Mixmag voted him the Best DJ of
the last 25 years. Now 47, he lives half the year in Melbourne,
Australia, and continues headlining the best clubs and parties all over
"After the Ibiza season, after the festivals I’ve done, after my own
events," he said, "the story still continues in a massive way -- I’m
working with new people, seeing different places and I’m overjoyed the
Global Underground team got me on board for this mix."
Global Underground presents Carl Cox: Black Rock Desert is out Jan
Carl Cox releases his debut Global
Underground mix album, ‘Black Rock Desert,’ on January 25th,
2010, taken from a storming two hour set at The Opulent Temple in the
Black Rock Desert this summer. To learn more about Carl’s experiences
at Black Rock Desert, check out the photos and more check out his website.
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