Before his special guest appearance at Doorly & Friends on 7th February, we take a look back at Cajmere's career
Curtis Alan Jones has been making beats for 24 years and has become one of the most well-known DJs and producers in the scene. Starting out under his Cajmere alias, he made a name for producing driving Chicago house, before going on to experiment with a darker sound and live performances as Green Velvet. Before his headline slot at Doorly & Friends, we decided to remind ourselves of the great music Curtis has produced.
Cajmere - "Coffee Pot (It's Time For The Percolator)"
Cajmere Feat. Dajae - "Brighter Days"
After the success of "Coffee Pot", he teamed up with Chicago vocalist, and regular collaborator, Dajae, on the mellower, "Brighter Days". This entered the Billboard Hot Dance Music / Club Play Chart at No.2.
Green Velvet - "Preacherman"
Without doubt Curtis's biggest banger, "Preacherman", was his first big release under his new, Green Velvet alias. Green Velvet had a darker, almost rockier feel, and he adopted a neon-haired electro punk aesthetic. "Preacherman" called so because it samples a sermon by the Reverend Clarence LaVaughan Franklin - the father of Aretha Franklin.
Green Velvet - "Answering Machine"
The next track from Green Velvet was the darkly funny "Answering Machine" which featured a host of messages left on Curtis's answering machine, including an ex girlfriend breaking off an engagement, an eviction notice and a horoscope from 'The Psychic Network'.
Green Velvet - "Flash"
"Answering Machine" was followed with 1995's "Flash", which went on to become a No.1 US Dance hit.
Green Velvet - "La La Land"
In 2001, Jones released his second Green Velvet, the much darker sounding, Whatever. The lead single from the album, "La La Land" was designed as a wake-up call for clubbers to the dangers of pill-taking, but went on to become something of a drug anthem and one of Curtis's most popular songs.
Green Velvet - "Genedefekt"
Green Velvet - "Shake And Pop"
After releasing a third album, Walk In Love. Curtis went quiet on the music scene for a number of years, before returning to an announcement that he had become a born-again Christian after overdosing on a cocktail of Magic Mushrooms, Cannabis and GHB. His first release since the announcement, "Shake And Pop" was a departure from his darker material and a return to a straighter house sound.
Basement Jaxx - "Fly Life" (Cajmere "Green Velvet" Mix)
Curtis has remixed a number of artists over the year, including Madonna, Felix Da Housecat and Tiga, but this remix of Basement Jaxx's 1997 hit "Fly Life" is one of our favourites.
Doorly & Cajmere Feat. Dajae - "The Way"
Last year saw the return of Cajmere and a significant amount of studio time with close friend Doorly. "The Way" was the first of these collaborations to be released and saw Curtis reuniting with vocalist Dajae.
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21 Jan 2015