Carl Cox at Elysium Lounge, Detroit, 11-4-2011
The “All Roads Lead To The Dancefloor” tour featuring English mixmaster Carl Cox made its only stop in the U.S. Midwest last Saturday night and didn’t disappoint. Props to the host venue, Elysium Lounge at 625 Shelby Street in Detroit, for providing the prerequisite deafening sound system and blinding laser light show, both found to be in full effect, as evidenced by this post’s photo album and our accompanying video. (For the record, proper respect was shown to Detroit when Cox dropped Jeff Mills’ “The Bells” into the mix at around 1:50 in the A.M.) Cox currently tours in support of his recent 20-track album on Intec Digital records, released on a USB stick that has been widely regarded as revolutionary in concept. Click here to see Carl himself explain his rationale for releasing in this unique format. While we haven’t yet heard the entire record, word on the street says it showcases a huge variety of electronic dance music styles.
Long-time techno enthusiasts might remember Cox from one of his numerous hit techno tracks of the late 90s and early 2000s, “Dirty Bass“, “Want A Life” and “That’s The Bass”, just to name a few. Cox’s long established superstar status within the mainstream techno pantheon undoubtedly leaves some underground devotees questioning his present-day relevance, but in our opinion last weekend’s performance, the last couple of singles from the “All Roads” album, and the success of his Intec Digital label all clearly demonstrate he’s still got it. We recommend you watch a higher quality video from another one of his recent performances, check out his most recent tracks, “Chemistry” and “Nexus“, and decide for yourself. ~I♥DM