Derrick Carter

Nearest Hits and Greatest Misses

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After years of sporadic productions far overshadowed by his godlike DJ skills both live and on CD, Derrick Carter has unleashed a slew of original productions, including his groundbreaking album, Squaredancing in a Round House, and the more dancefloor-oriented Tone Theory vs. Oneiro release. This nicely packed collection of Carter remixing some of dance music's hottest acts marks the third in a solid triumvirate that proves to all doubters that Carter is more than just someone who gets funky with other people's records. Of course, the disc is not without its flaws. Carter's previously exclusive "DMC Only Remixes" of purist house players Karen Ramirez and Blair don't get farther off the ground than their lightweight originals, and his version of Human League's "Don't You Want Me" merely sounds like the original, sped up and extended. But the real jams come out with his take on the Beloved's "Ease the Pressure," which profits greatly from Carter's skippy electro kick. He also converts the staid sound of post-rockers Tortoise into a nodding deep groove. But the Carter that listeners all know comes on the first track, his remix of LZ Love's "See the Light" that turns the jack, sweep, acid, and filter effects all up to 11, making for the kind of free-for-all abandonment that a party conductor like Carter is best loved for. You can just picture him behind the decks, smoke in lips, drink in hand, three decks at full throttle. The best DJ/producers are the ones who bring it all together.

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