Paperclip People, Throw Remix

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Carl Craig’s output over the years has included numerous classic moments in techno and electronica. At their height, Paperclip People tracks were sure-fire dance-floor murderers; incendiary, throbbing techno that was filled with the robotic funk of Detroit techno but augmented by a rubbery, organic feel. In recent years, the legacy of those faultless releases has been meddled with through a small run of covers and remixes, the latest of which being committed by the once-mighty Scottish duo Slam. In their day, Orde Meikle and Stuart McMillan were also responsible for an impressive number of seminal tracks in the techno oeuvre. Their mini-LP Snapshots and debut full-length Headstates were both full of vintage techno, but sadly this proved to be their most solid run of work; their discography since that time has been littered with some fine moments but nothing that quite stands next to this earlier, inspired run of quality.

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When you take a classic track and start playing around with it you’re always going to come up against some purists who will hold high the scriptured stone engraved with the timeless warning: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. These purists appear to have been banished from their non-violent protest against remixes committed in the name of absurdity right around the time when Carl Craig started asking all and sundry to take potshots at his back catalog. To that end, Slam have been given free reign to update “Throw” for a generation of clubbers who may never have heard the original, and they do so in such a mediocre fashion that it’s getting me all emotional just writing about it. If “Throw” was the sound of a mentalist Craig losing his shit over the top of a dramatic, pulsating house track that grabbed you by the ear flaps and rogered you all about the brain, then Slam’s remix is kind of like when Diddy started jacking all those classic hip-hop joints in the late 90s and acted like he invented the wheel. Big-room drums, a touch more reverb and some white noise, that’s the crux of this middling touch up by Slam. Avoid.

Peter  on May 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM


Kenny  on May 18, 2012 at 9:48 AM

A fitting combo, both long past their best. what an utterly pointless record. FAIL.

Paul  on May 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

If i owned a club this kind of crap would be banned and anything else with those white noise washes, gives the shivers! How could Carl Craig see the benifit in releasing this? Tired effort

adam  on May 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

all of the stuff they produce is pish

kuri  on May 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM

shite. what a joke.

Nick  on May 19, 2012 at 2:29 AM

It’s amazing that so little in a track can be changed but create such a huge difference. This version has none of the throbbing, entrancing beauty of the original. It’s horrible, in fact.

bageera  on May 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

WTF, sounds fuckin ace

bageera  on May 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

there’s not a lot changed cause if it aint broke….. just update it!

untz  on May 19, 2012 at 8:48 PM

track hit the beatport top 10 charts, that says it all right there. read what you will into my comment 😉

untz  on May 19, 2012 at 8:51 PM

also, it sounds nothing like the original anymore…for better or worse…just another generic 100% Beatport “tech-house” copycat.

zip  on May 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

it doesn’t slam anymore

Scotty f  on May 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Jesus Christ, dance music sucks… I’m joining a death metal band….

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