Paperclip People

The Floor

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Floor is Carl Craig's long-awaited follow-up to the wildly successful Throw by his disco-revamped-as-techno-house project Paperclip People. It is fair to say that this record's downfall is its transparent effort to simply re-employ "Throw's fail-safe formula of an extended monolithic groove that straddles the line between house and techno. While Craig's sample-based dance music usually looks back to disco's legacy while taking a step forward, "Floor" looks back to "Throw"'s legacy and stagnates. The one element that distinguishes "Floor" is its haunting atmosphere; it is easily one of Craig's most spooky dance tracks. The B-side tracks "Floor(Drums)" and "Oscillator" confirm this sense of artistic stagnation because while "Oscillator" is an incredible song, it's one that Carl Craig had already released years before on Retroactive. Floor isn't a bad 12", but it's not as artistically progressive as Carl Craig can be.