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Throwback: Carl Cox

Posted by Nathan Vinson on February 18, 2016 at 5:30 PM



Think about the modern DJ; you know, like Skrillex, Diplo, Jack U, Major Lazer, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, etc. Contrary to belief, DJ’s still set trends in music industry. They know what’s going to get the crowd jumping at festivals, raves, and clubs- and it shows. “Lean On,” by Major Lazer and Diplo, was the most played song on Spotify in 2015, and the Chainsmokers’ “ROSES” is sitting pretty at No. 9 on the Hot 100 Billboard Chart. But, before today’s playmakers, there was an originator, an innovator, a trendsetter of the electronic music we’ve come to love today. Who is he, you may ask?


He’s Carl Cox.


At the age of 15, Cox bought his first set of turntables and began working as a for-hire DJ. Born in Manchester, England with Caribbean roots, his sound was a fusion of “New York hip hop,” soul, and electro sounds. His big break arrived in 1988, when he received a residency at the Zap Club in Brighton, England and debuting his tri-turntable skills. For the next three years, built his fan base and continued the crafting of his sound up until the release of his first single in 1991.


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“I Want You (Forever)” is the ultimate dance track, with a pulsing back, masterful mixing, and even a Cece Peniston-like piano riff. This song went on to crack the top 25 on the UK Dance Charts.


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This feel good track rips back and forth between your ears, and the changing of gears is not only refreshing but also revitalizing. Just when you’re about to take a break, the shift is gears gives you the energy to dance on!


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Carl Cox’s sound is evident on this track, which mirrors the formula of “Does it Feel Good to You.” The bass on this one hits harder, and the beat moves at rapid pace.


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This 1996 cut is a little more chaotic- it’s not as put together as his earlier 90s tracks. Still, the beat is easy to move to, and helps keep the party going.


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Cox takes a bit of diversion from his typical sound on this fiery latin themed track. Think along the lines of Ricky Martin making a House music album.


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The track is just like it sounds- futuristic dance music.


Carl Cox has released four albums, spanning from 1996 to 2011 and has received a numerous amount of awards, including DJ of the Year in 1994 and 1995. And he’s far from stopping. He’ll be touring worldwide from March until September, hitting up Miami, Amsterdam, and of course his home country of England along the way.


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His impact on electronic music can’t be quite determined yet, as he’s still actively making music. But it’s safe to say that Carl Cox definitely put his stamp on the music world. 

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