cajual day

It goes without saying that one of the most well-loved and off-beat DJs and producers of our times is Cajmere— after all, the man wrote "Percolator," a piece that has undoubtedly entered the popular consciousness. Today, I'm doing a bit of a tribute to the man, featuring two bits of his that I've been repping a lot recently.

First off, a 1992 track featuring the inimitable Derrick Carter on vocals. The dub of "Dream States" is a jackin', hypnotic number featuring a four-note melodic loop, bass harmonies, some sickly crisp drum programming, and Carter channeling some serious Gospel preaching stylee. Though ostensibly a track about wet dreams, the collaboration is much more than some adolescent sex fantasy sound; rather, it's a celebration of losing and finding oneself in the sound.

Cajmere featuring Derrick Carter- Dream States (Dub)

Next, one of the better remixes of recent years: Cajmere's remix of The Juan Maclean's "Give Me Every Little Thing." The bright, lush synths and disco beats of the original are replaced by a mirrored, extraordinarily squelchy melodic line, powerful Chicago house kicks, and a drop-out that drives crowds insane. I know it has been blogged quite a bit, but this is the real thing— it'll be stuck in your head for days.

The Juan Maclean- Give Me Every Little Thing (Cajmere Remix)

Tomorrow, out to the left field.

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