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Carl Cox's New Single Goes Pete Tong

Author: Jonty Skrufff (
Sunday, September 12, 2004

Superstar techno DJ Carl Cox has embraced 'balmy house' for his upcoming single Give Me Your Love, which comes out on 23rd Century Records this October.

"With the new track I wanted people to think 'Wow, I didn't realize he made music like that," Cox explained this week.

"I played it to Pete Tong and he compared it to Inner City's Good Life and Farley & Heller's Big Love. Everyone seems to think I just play techno but just because I love techno doesn't mean I can't appreciate other styles."

Despite being one of the world's most popular DJs throughout his entire career, Cox has never enjoyed commensurate success as a producer and chatting to Skrufff over two years ago he admitted he felt less confident about making tracks.

"I not aiming to set the world alight; to become as big as Basement Jaxx or The Prodigy, but I do have something within myself as an initial sound that I want to elaborate on," said Carl.

Quite what The Prodigy will make of his new ultra-commercial, soulful vocal house direction remains to be seen, particularly given comments Liam Howlett made recently in an interview with the Guardian.

"That kind of Ibiza music, that shit that Pete Tong plays, I hate that shit," the Prodigy producer sneered.

"I sound like my Dad, but it's fucking music by numbers. The lack of imagination does my brain in."

Give Me Your Love is out on October 4 and is being launched at Carl's night at Ibiza superclub Space on September 14.

Jonty Skrufff (