By Will Hermes
Updated September 15, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Carl Craig — professor emeritus of Detroit techno, Tito Puente of the digital snare — has been exploring electro-jazz fusions that sound best on paper. But the dance-floor anthology Designer Music: The Remixes, Volume One perfectly resolves brain and booty. From the classic martial swing of Ron Trent’s ”Altered States” to the visionary pan-Latin foreplay of Johnny Blas’ ”Picadillo,” Craig’s remixes embrace Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock, DJ tradition and auteurist ambition. The result is music as thrilling as it comes. A