Carl Craig / Various Fabric 25

Carl Craig is one of those rare DJ/producers whose reputation is so firmly established as the "Detroit techno pioneer” that it can be difficult to sidestep its spectre. From his first appearances in 1988 as an apprentice under Derrick May through to setting up his own Planet E label, his epic remixes for unexpected artists, and his landmark collaborations, Craig has enjoyed one of the longest critical-darling streaks in club music. His mix for London’s Fabric club ably demonstrates that his run is not about to end. In a year when it’s been too easy to pack the mixes with the biggest hits Europe has on offer, Craig uses his fabric mix to pull away from the obvious. The most recognisable track here is the opening a cappella of "Wait” by the Ying Yang Twins. What follows is soulful Detroit-bred minimalism replete with disco stabs, a subtle hip-house bounce, and Craig himself on the mic talking to the set. Acts like Trickski, Scott Grooves and Pasta Boys are all relatively obscure, given what most people are chasing down these days. But by gleefully ignoring the currents of the times, Craig has crafted a set that will sound just as good in two years as it does today. (Fabric)