Dance past winter's midway point with vintage Carlos Souffront mixes at WCBN
At 4:49 pm today it's the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, so it's time to hit the cosmic dancefloor and celebrate the fact that we're halfway through the worst season.
Cue DJ Carlos Souffront.
The Troy, Michigan, native became part of the Crush Collison legacy sometime in 1995 when he joined host Brendan M. Gillen at WCBN-FM. Soufrront eventually took over the long-running techno and electronica show with Todd Osborne and Pete Liedy, and he was still doing Crush Collision in 2010 according to this blog post. The former Zingerman's employee has lived in San Francisco since 2011, but one of Souffront's sets from his Ann Arbor days resurfaced recently thanks to it being highlighted on Resident Advisor's Mix of the Day.
Gigolo Mix (Unreleased EFX mix) was posted on Soufrront's Soundcloud about a year ago along with this description: "Unreleased version (sans announcements) of 'The Great Gigolo Swindle' recorded live at WCBN-FM Ann Arbor in 2000."
In 2015, fresh from a homecoming appearance at Detroit's Movement festival, Souffront dug up another WCBN mix from 2000 that he sent to Resident Advisor for its essential mix podcast, which has featured a huge number of important DJs from the past 40 years.
While clicking around Souffront's Soundcloud, which is full of sets from the in-demand DJ, I found another mix he posted seven years ago that comes from October 7, 2010, toward the end of his time at WCBN. The mix is cut into two parts, with the second section focusing on German minimal-techno legend Wolfgang Voigt.
While the video below isn't from Ann Arbor or WCBN, it'll give you a chance to see the master at work. Feel free to imagine that the ravers are dancing about winter being halfway over.
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.
You can still listen to "Crush Collision" every Thursday at 10 pm on WCBN-FM.