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Fabriclive 98: Dimension

    At the early stages of his career Dimension was already turning heads within both the drum & bass scene and specialist radio alike. A combination of effortless musicality and production prowess caught the attention of producers and DJs such as Andy C, Sub Focus, Chase & Status as well as Skrillex and deadmau5. These days Dimension is receiving mainstream success without deliberately releasing crossover music - striking the perfect balance between club and radio.

    ‘FABRICLIVE 98’ is 56 blazing bass tracks creatively bound with energy and sensitivity. It is a definitive snapshot of drum & bass in 2018, featuring 22 exclusives coming from both bigger acts and underground artists, namely Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Calyx & Teebee, Metrik, Dossa & Locuzzed and Benny L.

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    Fabric 98: Maceo Plex

      Miami-born Eric Estornel rose to fame under various monikers - Maceo Plex, Maetrik and Mariel Ito. Although ‘fabric 98’ is Maceo Plex fitting all the music he loves into 80 minutes, the mashing up of sounds gives way to the deep evolving basslines and lush soundscapes that are his defining characteristics.

      The mix includes 13 exclusives from Voiski, Orbe, Jensen Interceptor, Jon Hester, Iron Curtain, Perestroika, North Lake and Maceo himself as Mariel Ito. It is an artist paying homage to the respected mix series while staying true to his love of blending many genres into one journey-filled mix. Starting with deep electro, it voyages through new wave and techno before coming down on a reflective, tranquil note.

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      Fabriclive 97: Holy Goof

        Holy Goof is one of a new breed of bass-driven house artists. He gave himself a musical education via hip hop and Helter Skelter tape packs before moving into UK garage, speed garage, dubstep, 4x4 bassline, UK funky and bass house.

        Throwing all his energy into production, Goof’s sound started getting support from the likes of Royal-T and Flava D. His first release came out on Certified Bangers and let to multiple record deals that includes DJ Zinc’s legendary Bingo Bass label. HGMusic is Goof’s own imprint on which he has also begun releasing music.

        With ‘FABRICLIVE 97’ Holy Goof has laid down 15 exclusives alongside some of the anthems that have shaped the scene thus far.

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        Fabric 97: Tale Of Us

          Following the recent release of their ambient / classical ‘Endless’ album, respected Italian duo Tale Of Us, Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri, take on ‘fabric 97’ with the same cool ease.

          While their debut in 2011 was on Visionquest, Tale Of Us soon became label owners starting the Life & Death imprint. Their current project is the label and worldwide event series Afterlife - already popular for its Realm Of Consciousness recordings.

          ‘fabric 97’ is presented in the pensive techno style on which Tale Of Us have built their reputation. Thirteen exclusive tracks are spread across the Afterlife label regulars and unreleased upcoming artists. The overall effect is a polished and personal showcase of the brand that Tale Of Us have shaped over the last couple of years.

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          Fabriclive 96 - Skream

            A decade ago Oliver Jones emerged as a pioneering force in the tight-knit South London scene of dubstep. He has continued to expand his palette into new territory, both on his own and as part of Magnetic Man with Benga and Artwork.

            A prolific producer, he has acclaimed EPs and albums on many labels including his own Disfigured Dubz imprint. In 2010 he formed the Skream & Benga radio show which paved the way for a two year residency on BBC Radio 1.

            ‘FABRICLIVE 96’ is a playful journey through the house, techno and disco Skream has explored in more recent years. He blends careful selections in high spirits, channelling the good-time atmosphere that cemented his reputation as one of today’s most entertaining DJs.

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            Fabric 96: DVS1

              Zak Khutoresky’s career includes opening a nightclub in his hometown of Minneapolis, building and maintaining a custom ‘wall of sound’ system, releasing on Ben Klock’s Klockworks and Derrick May’s Transmat imprints and running two of his own renowned labels - HUSH and Mistress.

              At the time of release ‘fabric 96’ consists almost entirely of unreleased material. Brandishing the animated persona he is known for in the booth, DVS1 intuitively layers, blends and chops his way through 29 tracks over 80 minutes, drawing on the tangible properties of massive sound systems to convey his expansive vision. Motifs are weaved together with a playful flair, reflecting an artist who not only welcomes his impulses but possesses the technical skill to convey them.

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              FABRICLIVE94: Midland

                The tale that describes Midland’s rise from avid fan to headlining Room 1 at fabric may seem unreal but is actually a testament to an unequivocal vision and simple hard work. Working in kitchens to buy DJ equipment, graveyard radio slots, and relentless gigs during university years gradually gave way to a break with Dillinja’s Valve Soundsystem show in the early 2000’s.

                Including his own solo projects, previous Midland releases include collaborations with Ramadanman, Pariah, and Bicep as well as some solid output on his own imprints, Graded and ReGraded.

                FABRICLIVE 94 mix is an ode to club culture – it captures a night out, from the moments of familiarisation to new surroundings, to clarity and euphoria, and closing with ambient moments at sunrise.The tale that describes Midland’s rise from avid fan to headlining Room 1 at fabric may seem unreal but is actually a testament to an unequivocal vision and simple hard work. Working in kitchens to buy DJ equipment, graveyard radio slots, and relentless gigs during university years gradually gave way to a break with Dillinja’s Valve Soundsystem show in the early 2000’s.

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                Fabriclive 93: Daphni

                Daphni (aka Caribou, aka Dan Snaith) has announced his first full body of work under the moniker since 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Jiaolong’ album and most recently Caribou’s seminal standout 2014 album ‘Our Love’. It comes in the form of a very special ‘FABRICLIVE’ mix composed of 23 original, unreleased Daphni tracks and four new Daphni edits.

                In his own words: “There have been so many (excellent) FABRICLIVE and fabric mixes at this point that I knew I should only do one if I could think of a way of doing my own take on it. Villalobos is the primary artist I associate with fabric and so I immediately thought about making a mix of my own unreleased music - following on in the tradition of his, Omar-S and Shackleton’s fabric mixes”

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                Fabric 94: Steffi

                  Known for her place in the Ostgut family as a club resident and contributing label artist, Steffi’s career has spawned five albums with a sixth due in Autumn. She has releases on Permanent Vacation and Underground Quality and oversees three of her own labels - Klakson, Dolly and Dolly Dubs.

                  For ‘fabric 94’ Steffi has commissioned all the tracks exclusively for her mix. The productions from the curated group of close friends and collaborators have been moulded and woven together to create a musically cohesive mood. The compilation takes the ambient atmosphere of Warp’s ‘Artificial Intelligence’ albums as a starting point and then travels far beyond it, navigating through retro-futurist landscapes and exploring the more abstract, broken elements of house, electro and techno.

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                  Fabriclive 92 - Preditah

                  Preditah steps up for ‘FABRICLIVE 92’, his debut mix album, featuring exclusive material from himself, plus DJ Q, and C4, alongside tracks and remixes from Skepta, Wiley, Joker, Swindle, Flava D, Shorty and more.

                  The 32 track mix is the sound of Preditah (aka Nathan Gerald) helming the rave, mixing up grime, UK house and garage with all the passion of someone who lives and breathes dance music.

                  Born in Birmingham, Preditah’s series of instrumental EPs, ‘Solitaire EP’, ‘Eightsome EP’, ‘Circles EP’, ‘Red Bull EP’, ‘Gears of Grime’, and ‘El Futuro EP’, ensured a growing presence on pirate radio and in the club. His breakthrough track, ‘The Big Wok’, was noticed by JME (Boy Better Know) and this association helped cement a fast-growing reputation.

                  Special Request steps up for ‘FABRICLIVE 91’. Paul Woolford first played at fabric in 2004 as has been a regular ever since.

                  ‘FABRICLIVE 91’s tracklist reflects Woolford’s broad tastes, taking in modern and classic techno, electro, drum & bass and more experimental fare.

                  Comprising 30 tracks, the mix includes six new Special Request productions (look out for a Houndstooth release soon), plus tunes from Dillinja, Polygon Window and Carl Craig.

                  “For the most part it was recorded and mixed by hand, vinyl and files,” Woolford says. “So you can feel the traction from time to time. There’s some editing on occasion, only where it absolutely demanded it. I wanted it to feel as live as it could be, with all the momentary tension that entails.”

                  London born Scuba AKA Paul Rose’s career has been intrinsically linked to Hotflush Recordings, the label he set up in 2003. Coming back full circle to his formative mid-90s days of following Colin Faver and Jeff Mills, Rose’s fabric appearances have evolved over the years from bass music Fridays to the house and techno of Saturday nights.

                  Rose’s ability here to select, sequence and stitch together 42 tracks over 75 minutes is remarkable. Artists as diverse as Pearson Sound and Patrick Cowley, Donato Dozzy and Midland all get called upon but nothing ever gets in the way of a dark, seductive atmosphere. It means that in amongst the bumping lo-fi techno and cavernous bass sounds, there is a palpable sense of being lost in the rave.

                  Flava D has made a rapid ascent to the top of the bass music tree. Within a few short years, she has gone from anonymously selling loops on Myspace, to selling out venues and packing festival arenas as an instantly-recognizable headliner. After catching Wiley’s ear with her productions, her infectious ‘Hold On’ landed her a vinyl debut on Elijah & Skilliam’s respected Butterz imprint. She has since juggled an increasingly-packed international touring schedule with a prolific production output, via labels like Local Action, Formula Records, and also direct to her growing legion of fans via Bandcamp. Flava D’s sound is rooted in her love of UK garage, and traverses the genre’s full spectrum - from sweetly-vocalled 2-step to heavy 4x4 bangers - with a tip of her signature snapback cap to grime, too.

                  “I decided to produce most of the mix. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone & do more than mix some of my favourite tunes from other artists. There are some tunes that you can listen to in front of a sunset with a pina colada, and others in there that will make you pull the dirtiest bass face.” – Flava D


                  FABRICLIVE 88 perfectly encapsulates the musical force of nature that is Flava D. Its 30 tracks comprising predominantly brand new, unreleased material, mainly from D’s own studio, the entire mix simply bursts with freshness and attitude. Bookending the mix with melodic cuts which stretch her musicianship and production capabilities beyond limits she’s ever previously explored, there is also plenty in between to please fans of her devastating bass-heavy sound. Collaborations with Champion, My Nu Leng, Taiki Nulight, Holy Goof, DevelopMENT, Royal T and DJ Q (the trio appearing in their t q d guise) bring alternative perspectives to her dancefloor-led approach, whilst vocals from Miss Fire, Slick Don and Newham Generals’ D Double E respectively add soulful, confrontational and cheeky vibes to the mix. Killer exclusives from Distro, Notion and TuffCulture ensure that it’s never all about Flava D, but make no mistake, with FABRICLIVE 88, she’s made another huge step in her unceasing march to superstardom.

                  Groove Armada, are rooted in dance music’s seminal movements, with Andy Cato taking in Castlemorton and the free party scene, and Tom Findlay regularly attending the Hacienda during his formative university days in Manchester. When they met in London in the mid-90s, little did they know they would go on to make history themselves. Groove Armada came to fruition as the name of a club night where Tom & Andy each hosted a floor, and the duo adopted the moniker when they started producing music together for Tim ‘Love’ Lee’s Tummy Touch label. A week spent in the remote countryside resulted in their debut album ‘Northern Star’ and breakthrough hit ‘At The River’, which was to prove the catalyst for major label recognition, million-selling albums, Grammy and Brit nominations, and a pioneering live show, establishing Groove Armada as one of the planet's best-loved dance acts. However, throughout their two decades of global success, they have remained as comfortable in sweat-soaked basements as on the big stages. Indeed, Tom & Andy began DJing properly as a duo in fabric’s Room 3 during the club’s early days, whilst more recently they have made Room 1 their own.

                  "It’s in Room 3 that we effectively wrote Superstylin’, or at least the idea for that track took serious shape. They were magical times, really. It’s been amazing returning to the club, a sense of coming home. A lot of the people involved when we first played there are still involved, so it felt easy to come back, it’s an overused description but fabric is family." Groove Armada

                  FABRICLIVE 87 represents the kind of house music - and importantly party music - that Groove Armada might drop in a typical Room 1 set, on a night where the vibes of the dancefloor align perfectly with the music of the DJ. The mix opens with a strong salvo of contemporary house, creating an uplifting mood from the outset with productions from The Revenge and Move D, before bedding in with groove-heavy cuts from the likes of Reset Robot, Nicole Moudaber and Hexxy, the latest project of Hercules & Love Affair’s Andy Butler. Showcasing tracks on their favourite UK labels, such as Freerange and Saved, the duo punctuate the mix throughout with the classic US house sound of Strictly Rhythm and KMS, rekindling memories of their musical initiations, and paying respect to artists they've followed throughout their careers. A brief deviation into the electro-inspired rhythms of Chicken Lips and Brassfoot opens into an ecstatic closing sequence, featuring Bicep, Rick (Poppa) Howard and their own 2012 Hypercolour cut ‘Stevie Latenight’, as befitting for a sunrise on the South Downs as for the lights coming up in Room 1, and leaving the listener thirsting for more after seventy minutes of kinetic beats, rhythms and grooves.

                  Impossible to pigeonhole, Tommy and Jammo, aka My Nu Leng, have stunned critics and fans alike with their diverse and rich output ever since bursting onto the scene. Conscious of their roots in UK bass culture, their re-imagined sound has taken the underground community by storm, as have their energetic and deliberately dark sets. With a sound that offers an insight into grime, dubstep, drum & bass and garage, it is clear that My Nu Leng are firmly rooted in the rich musical heritage of their adopted hometown of Bristol. The duo’s forward-thinking smash record ‘Masterplan,’ was released on trendsetting label Black Butter in 2014 and served as their breakthrough, taking the airwaves by storm and launching the duo into the public consciousness. Now they bring their diverse, incendiary sound to the FABRICLIVE series.

                  "We spent a lot of time collecting music that has shaped our sets over the last year, as well as some classic iconic music that has inspired us. We are huge believers in the UK underground, and much of our mix is made up of every genre coming out of the UK. We wanted to do something that can be listened to over & over again." - My Nu Leng

                  FABRICLIVE 86 serves as homage to the influences that have made My Nu Leng what they are today. With an eclectic mix of underground anthems meshed with new and unreleased material, the album takes the listener through the fascinating and complex workflow of the young duo.

                  Opening with an unreleased collaboration with Kahn, the dark and moody atmosphere of the mix is immediately set, as is the consistent undercurrent of UK bass. Oriental-tinged instrumentation combines with a throbbing middle section before bridging into Klient’s ‘Shelter’ and exploding into the unabashedly anthemic ‘Scylla’ from RL Grime. Transitioning smoothly yet with an urgency attributable to the duo’s reputation for high octane set building, FABRICLIVE 86 takes all the twists and turns that have made the duo their name. Hypnotic vocal samples ring throughout the track selection before the duo introduce their earth shaking collaboration with Flava D - ‘Soul Shake.’ Its frenetic wobbling bass and deep resolve dominating in its clear designation as a floor shaker. The mix then moves into a percussion-focused section with the MTA-released ‘Horizons,’ Negativ’s unreleased ‘Stealth’ and Harry Judda’s ‘Machines’ taking the reigns.

                  Just as the duo takes a break with a special ambient version of ‘Pushed’, a steady 4/4 beat takes over in the form of Myd’s ‘Numero Uno’, before Clientele and Nu-Birth respectively offer upfront and classic tastes of UK garage. Faze Miyake’s ‘Ice Cold’ is ingeniously coupled with the classic jungle snare rolls of Mella Dee’s ‘Keep On’, whilst Randomer’s classic ‘Bring’ adds a splash of underground techno. A VIP version of ‘Set It’, My Nu Leng’s collaboration with FineArt, along with unreleased contributions from Jus Now, T. Williams, Notion, SNØW and Dismantle, ensure that fresh sounds dominate the final stretch of the mix. By the time Indigo’s remix of Synth Sense’s ‘Tomorrow’s World’ registers and settles into its apt heartbeat-like ambience, the listener is at last given time to reflect in what is a fitting and well-adjusted outro.

                  With its multitude of shades and colours, My Nu Leng have created an impeccably curated and timeless mix that demands a permanent place in the musical library of any student of the UK underground.


                  Eats Everything has come a long way since he first got his hands on a set of decks. After growing up immersed in dance music, he spent the best part of a decade DJing around various clubs in his Bristol hometown, before a break with a regular job allowed him to start taking production seriously. His big break came with 2011’s Pets Recordings smash ‘Entrance Song’, and as his touring career took off, releases on the likes of Hot Creations, Dirtybird, Crosstown Rebels and Method followed. 2015 proved to be one of Eats Everything’s biggest years yet, with the release of his debut mix album and the launch of his own label and events series Edible, culminating in being named ‘Best British DJ’ at DJ Mag's Best of British Awards.

                  Now, Eats Everything steps up to join the fabric compilation series, having first taken to the club's decks in 2011, and has been returning regularly ever since.

                  "I played a set of what I believe are “fabric records”. Some are old, some are new, some are bangers, some are groovers, some are trippy, some are euphoric but they all have some kind of meaning to me and I have played every one of them at fabric. I really enjoyed putting this together and I hope people enjoy it too." - Eats Everything

                  The result is a musical treat for lovers of all shades of house, from the classic to the modern. Kicking off with a classic Danny Tenaglia edit of The Ananda Project’s ‘Cascades of Colour’, whose echoing, hypnotic vocals prove an attention-grabbing, nostalgia-tinged start to the 75 minutes. Expertly building pace, the mix takes in laidback deep house groover ‘Kaimanawa’ by Cavalier and the darker ‘Nostalgia’ by Peter Horrevorts, before the distinctive flute melody of Lauren Lane’s ‘Diary of a Madwoman’ is teased in. Forthcoming on Edible, it's the first of two special new tracks included on the mix.

                  A ravey, uplifting section of chords, cowbells and vocals keeps the pace up, before the minimal, stuttering percussion and subtle buss-saw synths of the Jeff Bennett remix of Tim J’s ‘Motion’ takes us down a notch into deeper, minimalistic territory. Classic highlights over the second half of the mix also include Booka Shade’s dark, stomping ‘Trespass 06’, and Golden Boy and Miss Kittin’s career-making 2001 hit ‘Rippin Kittin’. Following ‘Baby Talk’, a production that Cajmere created especially for the mix, Eats signs off with the 1996 classic, ‘Galaxia’ by Moonman. A track with real personal significance, its emotion-laden synths and uplifting, spacey chords, it’s the perfect way to round off a diverse mix.

                  As the owner of two record labels; A-Sided and Play It Down, and a highly regarded international DJ, Jesse Rose is a familiar name, even for those who reside outside of dance music circles. Indeed, having produced for the likes of Hot Chip, mentored artists like Christian Nielsen and Oliver $, and with collaborations with names such as Henrik Schwarz and Claude VonStroke under his belt, Jesse is more than just a DJ/producer, he’s a tastemaker, businessman and a bonafide legend of house music.

                  West London-born, Jesse started DJing in Bristol in the early ‘90s before moving back to London. A run of collaborations with Switch on his Dubsided label soon followed, leading to releases on Derrick Carter’s Classic and Rose’s own imprints, with Jesse forging a reputation for mixing sounds from other genres in his own unique productions. Since then he has produced over 100 tracks on labels including Get Physical, Junior Boys Own and Simple, and recorded over 100 remixes for the likes of Masters At Work, Armand Van Helden, Kevin Saunderson, Underworld and Childish Gambino.

                  Upon completing a 6 year residency at Panorama Bar, Jesse moved from Berlin to Los Angeles some years ago, and he now lives between two cities – Barcelona and LA – when not on tour around the world. He has worked on many collaborative projects throughout the years with artists including the aforementioned Henrik Schwarz, as Black Rose, Ninja Tune’s Seven Davis Jr. and Leon Ware, a former producer of Marvin Gaye. He is currently working on a new project called STAYGOLD with New York house don Junior Sanchez, with their first productions being remixes for Cassius and Mathias Kaden. With all of this under his belt, plus a relationship with fabric stretching to the early days of the club, the time was right for Jesse to step up to the FABRICLIVE mantle, and he more than delivers.
                  "I was in the middle of a six month tour of the world when I was asked to do the mix, so I was constantly finding decks in the middle of the night in these far-flung locations, to have a mix and make sure it had the right feel. I actually ended up mixing the compilation in New Jersey, Los Angeles and Sydney. Although I mixed it in three parts which I later stitched together, it was mixed live as I wanted it to represent how I would play in the club, to sound personal to what I do and not computerised." Jesse Rose
                  Ed Weathers’ cheeky ‘Love The Feeling High’ acapella heralds in prime cuts from Mannheim man Johnny D, ‘90s house icons Urban Soul (with Gerd on the remix), Chicago stalwart Gene Farris and more, sitting alongside the best of Play It Down and A-SIDED from the likes of Berlin producer Sqim, rising Danish talent Christian Nielsen and of course Jesse himself, who gifts an exclusive Dub version of his own ‘Touch ‘N’ Tease’ plus the glorious, hands in the air ‘It’s Not Over’ featuring Seven Davis Jr., included here as a ‘synthapella’. The 12” mix of Steve Silk Hurley’s effortlessly rousing ‘The Word Is Love’ ends proceedings on the same high we started with, a reminder that Jesse Rose – a true house music pioneer – is also one of the best selectors in the game.

                  Rising to prominence on Rinse FM and ruling for a decade at Kiss FM, Logan Sama has been at the forefront of presenting the best grime has to offer since the genre’s inception, lending a helping hand to the careers of such names as Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Skepta, Ghetts, Jme, P Money, Preditah and many hundreds more.

                  Early DJ inspirations EZ, Karl Brown, Mike Lloyd and Fonti saw him gravitate from Brentwood, Essex to the capital with a growing obsession with the experimental productions of Oris Jay, Zinc, Zed Bias, Wookie, Steve Gurley and Groove Chronicles transitioning into the earliest appearances of grime. His notoriety on the grime-centric Uptown Records web forum caught the attention of Dugs and Slimzee on Rinse who granted him a prime time slot before Roll Deep on the then pirate station. Stationed alongside legends like EZ, Rodigan, Hype and Hatcha, his celebrated Kiss show broadcast to a dedicated audience, his final show in 2014 witnessed the crème de la crème of grime dropping in to pay due respect. Logan Sama has been a fabric regular over the years, from Run The Road to Playaz nights in room 2, Tropical and Butterz Room 1 takeovers and any number of FABRICLIVE events.

                  Far from a traditional DJ mix, FABRICLIVE 83 is an intricately curated album of exclusive beats and bars featuring contributions from luminaries and future stars of grime. Mixed with the enthusiasm, energy and passion his sets are known for, Logan Sama hasn’t just set the bar high for FABRICLIVE - he’s clean smashed it into orbit. 24 brand new and exclusive instrumentals from the likes of Wiley, Jme, Jammer, Terror Danjah, Rapid, Faze Miyake, Preditah and Kahn & Neek have been blessed in the mix with acapella bars from no less than 66 MCs including Novelist, D Double E, Ghetts, Flowdan, Merky Ace and Scrufizzer (and rarely is this phrase so apt) to name but a few.

                  “The creative freedom I have when working in Ableton allows me to edit, mix and remix tracks in ways you can’t do with turntables or CD players. Tracks are often used as building blocks in the form of loops and samples in order to create something completely new. Tracks are usually stripped down or minimal sounding to allow for layering and mixing with other tracks. The result is a mix that is more than the sum of its parts.” - Joris Voorn

                  Voorn weaves together a sinuous tapestry of deep techno from the mere strands of a staggering 65 tracks, cutting, chopping and editing together ambient cuts by Max Loderbauer and TCF with personal favourites pulled from the dusty rafters of his Amsterdam abode, such as Speedy J’s ‘Fill 17’ and Plastikman’s ‘Consumed’, and contemporary melodic techno cuts from the likes of Cobblestone Jazz, John Tejada and fellow Green artists Roland Klinkenberg and Anton Pieete. Meanwhile, brand new Joris Voorn productions ‘Where Have You Gone? (Part 1)’ and ‘Looks Fake Obviously’ exemplify the harmonic twists and pulsing beats that don’t allow you to take your ears away from this sumptuous mix for a single second.

                  After bursting into the spotlight in 2008 with two world tours and numerous heavyweight productions and remixes, Mumdance took a two-year hiatus after finding himself increasingly disillusioned with the scene and sound with which he had become associated. He returned in 2013 with a new, more self-assured style, releasing on labels such as Rinse, Tectonic and Keysound Recordings while collaborating with other forward-thinking artists such as Logos (with whom he is also set to release the club-oriented Proto project this February) and Spyro. 2014’s anthem ‘Take Time’ with South London’s hot property Novelist was followed by the duo signing to XL Recordings.

                  'Fabriclive 80' opens with previously unheard weightless sonics from the likes of Shapednoise, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Sculpture, taking a brief detour to early bleep with Sweet Exorcist, before settling into Mite’s ‘Cemetery Séance’. The piercing sounds of Logos’ ‘Glass’ (forthcoming on Mumdance’s Different Circles label) juxtaposes perfectly with Tectonic boss Pinch’s potent ‘Water Bomb’ and forthcoming dubs from Untold and Acre. The middle section of the mix acts as a short production showcase from Mumdance himself; three striking collaborations with Logos feature (‘In Reverse PIV’ is of particular note).

                  The mix enters weightlessness again with tracks from Helm, Wanda Group and Strict Face before Mumdance, Logos & Rabit’s ‘Inside The Catacomb’ acts as a statement of intent for the mix. Two surprise pieces of dancefloor fire emerge next: an exclusive VIP “fabric” treatment of Novelist x Mumdance’s collaboration ‘1 Sec’ and Riko’s version of ‘Take Time’ - an in-demand dub of 2014 in its own right. The final section of the mix jumps back in time to the early 2000’s with ‘Coalition’ from Eastwood & Oddz and Jon E Cash’s ‘Kamikaze’. Mumdance rounds off his Fabriclive mix with some uplifting tracks from the hardcore era that shaped his early musical tastes, by Bass Selective, Fat Controller, Jimmy J & Cru-l-t. The cyclical piano stabs of Ramos & Supreme’s stellar ‘The Journey’ are peaks in a mix that effortlessly summarises a unique musical mind.

                  Born and raised in East Detroit, a diet of Prince, 80s R&B and techno provided the crucible for Jimmy Edgar’s life in music. Ever precocious, from his mid-teens he was building his foundations as a DJ, playing at raves in the city alongside some of techno’s founding fathers, as well as conducting ambitious experiments with rudimentary recording equipment, and by the age of just 18 he’d signed to the electronic music institution, Warp. Later recording for K7! and Hotflush, and advancing his considerable DJ talent during a spell residing in Berlin, in 2013 Jimmy established the Ultramajic imprint with fellow electronic auteur Aden, and it is fresh material from the label that provides the backbone for 'Fabriclive 79'.

                  "I went through a bunch of unreleased tracks we are going to put out on Ultramajic and decided to launch them with this mix. I got some exclusive material from my good friends Danny Daze, Crystal Bandito, and Kris Wadsworth. This mix is explores the different vibes of Ultramajic." - Jimmy Edgar

                  Commencing with a nod to his hometown forebears, with Terrence Dixon and Patrice Scott contributing deep Detroit cuts to the opening minutes of the mix, we’re soon reveling in a slew of unreleased Ultramajic material from Crystal Bandito and Jimmy himself, including a typically no-nonsense collaboration with LA native Truncate and the snare-driven ‘Walk Show’ featuring the deeply-missed Chicago footwork icon DJ Rashad. It’s here that the many facets of Jimmy Edgar really shine through: DJ, producer, and label curator. The mix picks up an unmistakable strut, before momentarily taking a breath with Danny Daze’s deep house blending unexpectedly into the ghetto-tech of DJ Godfather & DJ Starski. A pair of unyielding Kris Wadsworth cuts sandwich another Jimmy Edgar exclusive in the mix’s final stretch, ensuring that, despite its author’s nomadism through the years, the music of Detroit runs like a seam through 'Fabriclive 79.

                  It's easy to trace Ryan Hunn (aka Illum Sphere)'s impact on the Manchester music scene. Hoya:Hoya, the night he started with Jonny Dub back in 2008, quickly became noted for its eclecticism and open-minded booking approach, with artists ranging from The Gaslamp Killer to Ikonika and James T. Cotton. Soon spotted by the keen eyes at fabric, the collective were invited to host Room Three in 2011, and following its immediate success they moved to Room Two, where they now hold their quarterly residency. Illum Sphere's skill at bringing together disparate sounds as a DJ is bolstered by a formidable production talent, which has seen him release on a series of respected labels, including Ninja Tune, Young Turks, 3024, Fat City and Tectonic, whilst his remix credits include Radiohead, Martyn, Kuedo and Zed Bias. Constructed in the comfort of his own home, his FABRICLIVE mix is inspired by the sounds one might hear during his DJ sets in Room Two.

                  "I decided to stick to more electronic-based music, from new wave, dub, techno, acid, etc. In terms of range I think the oldest thing is probably late 70s and the newest thing came out this year." - llum Sphere

                  Kicking off in the 80bpm range, EMAK’s spaced out ‘Sein Und Schein’ (a segment of which appears later as an interlude) makes way for dub echo drenched tracks from Soul Syndicate and Carl Meeks. From there the mix explores the many subtle (and not so subtle) facets of electronic music, from the lo-fi experimentalism of Tapes and Powell to analogue synth-driven jams from Musumeci, Streetwalker and Grauzone. Illum Sphere is effortlessly flexible on tempo to the point where the shifts are barely noticeable, with the mix midway pace subtly ramping up into Das Ding’s technicolour ‘HSTA’. From there, spaced out synth textures of Legowelt and Demdike Stare are contrasted with machine-like grooves from Charles Manier and Propaganda. The exceptional ‘Gershwin’ by Actress shifts into Illum Sphere’s own ‘Bullet’, before Nine Circles’ 1982 track ‘What's There Left’ signs off a mix that is engaging as much as it is unexpected.

                  London born and bred, Alkan has spent the last two decades building up a reputation as a sonic innovator. From genre-spanning sets at his own legendary Trash club night to regular appearances at Bugged Out, via production credits including Late Of The Pier and Kindness and remixes for the likes of Metronomy, Tame Impala and Justice, his inimitable brand of mutant techno electro and disco has soundtracked a generation.

                  In 2007 Alkan’s burgeoning label Phantasy was born, the springboard for critically acclaimed releases from artists including Daniel Avery, Connan Mockasin and newest signing Ghost Culture, and he last year made his own solo debut with the release of the Illumination EP, drawing praise from the Guardian, Pitchfork, NME and more. With the solo release under his belt the time was right for Erol to step up to the FABRICLIVE mantle.

                  "I certainly didn’t want this mix to be a flyer or advert for me as a DJ. I feel this mix is quite specific to fabric as they are all records I would want to play in that environment. Even though I have had the benefit of playing all 3 rooms on a regular basis, this mix feels like it was designed for Room 1. It's influenced by the sight lines from the perspective behind the decks, the lights, the fact that sometimes all you can see are hands reaching into the booth, as well as those behind you dancing alone in the corners." - Erol Alkan

                  The 20-track mix opens with Jamie Paton’s driving, rhythmic remix of Maurice & Charles before taking in the off-kilter Latin electrofunk of Carisma, Zongamin’s moody Manfredas rework and Alkan’s own percussive, mechanical remix of The Emperor Machine before delving into the Phantasy back catalogue. Recent offerings from Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers) and Ghost Culture appear alongside an exclusive airing of Erol’s propulsive, shimmering ‘Sub Conscious’ and a brand new offering from Cowboy Rhythmbox aka Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Richard X.

                  Boot & Tax’s earworm ‘Acido’ refrain segues into Alkan’s own ‘Bang’ and an as yet unreleased Chicago Mix from Michigan’s Todd Osborn while the acid squelch of Claro Intelecto’s ‘Tone’ and supersonic synth euphoria of Daywalker + CF herald a dream sing-out-loud bootleg of Alkan’s ‘A Hold On Love’ and Saint Etienne’s classic Neil Young cover ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’. It’s an enthralling mix from a true master of his craft.

                  It is rare for any artist to hold almost universal respect and admiration from the house music community. Cassy has effortlessly managed to garner this over the course of her career via a revered discography, critically acclaimed compilations for Cocoon and Panoramabar, and countless exceptional performances across the globe. Currently holding residencies at four of the world’s leading venues; Panoramabar in Berlin, Trouw in Amsterdam, Rex Club in Paris, and now Output in NYC, it is clear that Cassy’s artistic nous has a global reach.

                  A relative latecomer to the DJ game, Cassy was encouraged by Electric Indigo to start mixing in her late 20s. Productions quickly followed, with a collaboration with Dave the Hustler for Mental Groove. During this time she also met Luciano, co-producing 'La Ondita' on his album 'Blind Behaviour'. Since then the likes of Perlon, Playhouse and Dessous have all provided outlets for her sultry sounds.

                  However it is her prowess as a track selector that most influences her fabric mix. A seasoned crate digger, her time working in Berlin’s famed Hard Wax record store inevitably impacted on the cuts that comprise her DJ sets, and in turn this 'Fabric 71' mix:

                  “The tracks on the mix all represent what I love about electronic music, and what I love playing. Simply, each track is individually beautiful – there is not much more to add. All of the producers are special in their own way. The project has come at a perfect time for me in terms of me being able to communicate where I am at artistically. I have aimed to get back to the roots of what this should be about for every DJ – namely playing records for the love of playing records – and not because of anything else.” – Cassy


                  In a world where illegal downloads, cracked software and sync buttons are helping to create swarms of young DJs with bottomless libraries of digital music they’re vaguely familiar with, you might question the role and relevance of the specialist DJ in today’s musical landscape. Not everyone possesses the talent, care and breadth of taste required to project their personality through other people’s records, or to create narratives which transcend dancefloors; Ben UFO is someone who does. Over the years Ben has increased in confidence and proficiency, and in devoting himself to the pursuit of highlighting shared characteristics of 2-step garage, dubstep, classic house and techno, he has learned to expertly navigate and bridge tempos and genres in as natural a fashion as possible, allowing tracks from disparate areas to co-exist and function comfortably alongside one another to form a unique and well-defined aesthetic.

                  In 2007, after finishing university, alongside David Kennedy (Pearson Sound) and Kevin McAuley (Pangaea), he started Hessle Audio. The label was formed with the idea of providing a platform for the release of Pangaea and Pearson Sound’s own records, but its scope quickly expanded, resulting in the release of genre-defying records by Objekt, Untold, Cosmin TRG, James Blake, Blawan and more. In May 2009 they started their residency at Fabric, which has been ongoing ever since. The club night reflects what they do as a record label and as DJs, showcasing expansive, varied lineups and drawing connections between artists as diverse as Kassem Mosse, Kode 9, Livity Sound and Randall.

                  The primary purpose of this Fabriclive release is to represent exactly what Ben does as a DJ, and to give him the opportunity to showcase the different aspects of the music that he stands for. Accordingly, it is not a straightforward mix of house, bass music or techno; neither is it filled with exclusives or unreleased material. It is an indicator of where we are at and where we have come from, and a statement of intent. It is a considered and highly textured mix consisting of 28 tracks and traversing multiple styles.

                  Emerging from the moody introversion of Mix Mup’s “Before (Dub),” the mix starts in earnest with an aggressively distorted cut from Delroy Edwards, which bleeds into the off-kilter rhythms and sub-bass intensity of an exclusive from Pev & Kowton. From there we’re thrown into the bizarre future-tribal world of DJ Sotofett remixing Tim ‘Love’ Lee’s “The Tortoise” and onwards through tracks and decades, as Chicago Skyway’s “It’s OK” combines with K-Hand, Fluxion, Jam City, Pearson Sound and Mr. Fingers. There are truly inspired transitions here: the acid tones of “Zug Island” by Kyle Hall & Kero drip languidly over Shackleton vs Kasai Allstars’ “Mukuba Special”; the shattered percussion of A Made Up Sound’s “Malfunction” is pulled into line by the loop-driven techno of Grain’s “Untitled”; the dissonant bassline drone of Pangaea’s “Release” swallows up and consumes whole the kick-drum barrage which defines Blawan’s “And Both His Sons.”

                  With Hessle Audio releases represented heavily alongside labels such as L.I.E.S., Hinge Finger, Night Slugs, Hemlock and Eglo, there are clear indications of a tightly-knit community working collectively to push things forward. Ben is central to this movement, and with this mix he manages to communicate not just who he is and what he does, but ultimately where we are at.


                  There may be lots of people, most of all Daniel Avery, who are surprised at the direction his musical path has taken. A self-confessed late starter to the world of dancefloors, instead being drawn to the guitars of The Stooges and The Smashing Pumpkins in his teens, Daniel Avery has come a long way in a short space of time to make some of the most forward-thinking, original and diverse contemporary electronic music around. Devouring his dad’s record collection from a young age, it was the discovery of Mary Anne Hobbs’ ‘Breezeblock’ show that illuminated exactly what makes club music so special and propelled him to apply as a warm-up DJ at south coast club night, Project Mayhem; a job that showcased his broad and eclectic tastes, and a job that no doubt changed his life. Now releasing on ‘kindred spirit’ Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label and with an album in the works for next year, Avery has quietly but surely cemented his reputation as a producer steeped in musical knowledge, with an innate skill for breaking boundaries with each and every production.

                  A mix made solely for the floor, Avery’s 'Fabriclive 66' is exactly the kind of set you would hear him playing if you walked into any club at peak time. But this is not thoughtless music; there’s a real need to take the listener somewhere with this mix, to take you by surprise and make you lose yourself within the expertly selected tracks. Featuring a mix of new and exclusive tracks alongside Avery’s own productions, this is also a celebration of the labels and artists who have both worked with and inspired Avery on a regular basis. In addition to ‘Effect Tweak’ made with Justin Robertson, you’ll find another exclusive track from Avery’s idol and supporter, Andrew Weatherall - in his guise as The Asphodells with Timothy J Fairplay - made purely for this mix. Alongside Avery’s ‘Naïve Reception’, all three tracks are arguably produced to capture that certain specific dancefloor lose-yourself-completely mentality. Something Avery manages effortlessly.

                  “It's rare to be able to take such risks in a club, especially at a time when anybody can mix together crowd-pleasing fodder on their laptop. That's not for me. I love weird records; that original, lawless spirit of acid house where the music is pulsing but will also throw in some mind-bending, psychedelic elements to knock you sideways and make you lose yourself within it. This mix is my take on that idea.” – Daniel Avery

                  Launched in 2005 by original ‘90s Jungle pioneer, Shy FX, Digital Soundboy quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting labels, its quality over quantity ethos making it a standard bearer for the UK’s world leading bass music scene. With a back catalogue that includes some of the biggest club hits of the past ten years, including tracks from Skream, Benga, Redlight and Jess Mills, and a reputation for throwing the biggest parties around, Digital Soundboy’s position in dance history is assured. Today the label’s roster of Shy FX, Breakage, B.Traits, Youngman, Dismantle and Stamina MC are all successful artists in their own right, but first and foremost Digital Soundboy remains a family, one that plays, parties and produces together and together continues to break new ground.

                  The first officially released Digital Soundboy mix, 'Fabriclive 63' perfectly captures the carnival spirit of the label and its parties. From drum n’ bass to dubstep, dancehall to garage, via excursions into house and beyond 'Fabriclive 63' showcases the Digital Soundboy crew’s ability to bring together myriad genres and styles in the freshest way possible and create a pure party-starting selection. Mixed by Shy FX, B.Traits and Breakage, each separately choosing their favourite tracks before working on the mix together in the Digital Soundboy studio, 'Fabriclive 63' features a mix of exclusive dubs and upcoming releases from the Digital Soundboy family; tracks such as Zed Bias’ ‘Heavy Water Riddim’ and Dismantle’s ‘Warp’, classic anthems like Shy FX’s ‘Original Nuttah’, and the unexpected such as MANDY vs Booka Shade ‘Body Language’. An inspired selection that will put a smile on many a face and a bounce in your step, 'Fabriclive 63' ducks and weaves its way across the musical spectrum, and like the label itself, refuses to be pigeonholed.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Philippa says: 49 (forty nine!) track mix CD taking in UK funky, dubstep, dancehall, jungle, house, grime, breaks and more - a proper floor-filling soundsystem mix-up!

                  With over 20 years of DJing and more than 20,000 records in his vinyl collection, one of the world’s most talented house heroes, DJ Sneak, lends his tune selection, deck wizardry and pure love of house music to fabric 62. Born Carlos Sosa in Puerto Rico, Sneak was raised to the rhythms of salsa music, before moving to Chicago in 1983, and becoming captivated by the sounds of jazz, funk, soul, disco and of course house music. Originally a graffiti artist, Sneak soon became involved in selling music, starting his own label Defiant and working in the city’s infamous Gramophone record store, where he met artists and industry players, all the while developing his unmistakable jacking style. Releases on house music institutions such as Strictly Rhythm, Classic and Relief, as well as his burgeoning DJ reputation, led to Sneak’s international career blossoming in the 90s and early 00s, with tracks such as ‘You Can’t Hide From Your Bud’ and ‘Fix My Sink’ widely attributed classic status. Now heading up three of his own labels (Magnetic, Oomph and Sneak’s Classics), Sneak remains as relevant as ever, with artists from Ricardo Villalobos to Riva Starr queuing up to DJ and produce in collaboration with the house music legend.

                  Sneak’s mix is ripe with carefully selected contemporary house nuggets with echoes of Chicago and the jacking house sound he loves, drizzled with elements of techno and dusted with overtones of big band swing, mixed to perfection. Sneak performed and recorded the mix live without the use of any computers, taking a transatlantic trip to bring together bumping Chicago grooves with muscular European techno.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Philippa says: He eats steak for breakfast and plays funky house records at night; it's the one and only DJ Sneak, with an 18 track mix CD for Fabric.

                  Looking back on the myriad of ways that the genre now known quite loosely as ‘bass music’ has mutated, one of the key figures in its evolution would have to be Bristol’s Rob Ellis, better known simply as Pinch. His fascination with what the outer limits of the dub sound can achieve has made him a distinct figure within the fluid group of like-minded dubstep musicians that defined the so-called Bristol sound.

                  In 2003, a Kode9 set became the stepping-stone that was his initial contact with dubstep at London’s seminal FWD>>. This inspired him to start the first pure dubstep night outside of FWD>>, Subloaded, in his hometown of Bristol. With the city’s love of dub and long musical lineage, plus Pinch’s dedication to the importance of the actual sound, it quickly formed a dedicated community and became a yardstick by which other nascent events were measured. This had all been driven by a key moment in his own musical evolution which as he explains, “I lost interest in D&B and started buying minimal Basic Channel style techno, garage, grime and electronica instead - trying to mix them up together,” pre-empting the dominant sound of 4/4 dub-techno embraced by today’s crop of young producers, like Hessle Audio, who regularly cite the Bristol sound as a big influence.

                  His Fabriclive offering comes hot on the heels of mixes from Pearson Sound and an artist with whom he’s just recently released a collaborative album on Honest Jon’s, Shackleton. These are all producers who work in a similar vein, that is, impeccable attention to sound detail, continual experimentation with rhythm whilst always maintaining a definitive ‘sound’ which can be traced throughout all their productions.

                  "I am a supporter of the sound of vinyl and the cultural associations I make with this format so it was important to me - even if I do ultimately end up abandoning my beloved format one day - to stick by my guns and record the mix like this. I also made the whole mix start and finish in the same spot - meaning that the entire DJ mix can work as a loop if you put it on repeat. I really like the idea of certain kinds of music existing in its own infinite context and setting up the mix to loop like that was playing entirely into that idea." - Pinch


                  Whether cutting and phasing classic electro to Chicago house, IDM, punk, techno and Industrial via his 3FM globally syndicated ‘White Noise’ radio show, globe-trotting DJ sets or his own substantial discography, Dave Clarke has consistently put musical integrity above all else. It’s this continued future thinking, electronic ethos that the techno don brings to Fabric 60.

                  With "Fabric 60" showcasing 17 upfront, and sometimes unknown new releases, Dave Clarke has eschewed any desire to look back with guaranteed party tracks and focus solely on completely new material.

                  From the opening tonal throb of Raudive’s (aka Oliver Ho) ‘Shiver’ to the dark and gothic underbelly of Crotaphytus ‘Cnemidophorus Sexlineatus (The Mr. Pauli Monster Bass Guitar Remix)’ and the IDM crunch of Tommy Four Seven’s’ Armed 3’ Clarke makes his futurist intentions clear. With new electronic exponents like Scape One, Exzakt, Sync 24, Heliopause and Dynarec, Clarke brings the electro outsiders under the microscope whilst the dark acid house of Cristiano Balducci’s ‘Pride’ keeps the Chicago 303 flame burning brightly. We then get a taste of the new sound of Detroit as Marc Romboy vs. Paris The Black Fu get remixed by Kenny Larkin and Ray 7 & Malik Alston’s ‘IDFDFI’ bumps and grinds to a new Motor City beat. Of course when DC is behind the decks, you’re never far away from some blitzkrieg techno and Stephane Signore’s ‘Sacrifice (Radical G - 2k11 Edit)’ delivers them album’s central speaker shredding peak before Gesaffelstein’s ‘Aufstand’ takes us well and truly into the section marked electro.

                  Finally Dave Clarke takes us into the dark hinterland, a grey area where electro, electronica and techno meet as Clatterbox and w1b0 do battle for beats supremacy before the cinematic vision of Baz Reznik’s ‘The Attic’ closes the show with a macabre death dance of slowed down beats and atmospheric emotion.

                  Jamie Jones has become a household name and created an accessible brand for a new generation of dance music fans with his Hot Natured guise and Hot Creations label. His Fabric compilation comes as he rides the crest of a tidal wave of popularity for him and his Crosstown Rebels and Visionquest crew that are forming a new cluster of stars. Original and addictive, his timeless journey is typically charged with energetic loopy grooves, defining his personal influences and showcasing exclusive material from his army of talent.

                  The mix starts with Hot Natured ‘Time Intro’, giving a nod to the recent Hot Natured smash single ‘Forward Motion’ and offering a hint of Jamie’s future projects with Ali Love and Kenny Glasgow of Art Department fame, before diving headfirst into a funk electro remix of the classic Sebastian Tellier ‘La Ritournelle’ reworked by pop’s newest heroes Metronomy. There’s not much room to exhale from there forward with Jamie’s own special reedits of Coat Of Arms and Karen Pollock, as well as some defining staples from his heart-winning DJ sets such as Cajmere featuring Jamie Principle ‘God Sent’ and Felix Da Housecat ‘Madame Hollywood’, an essential track from the early moments of his career. What sets this mix apart is an acute attention to the energy in the ride. Jamie Jones tackles dance music as a rock or pop star would, making it accessible and playing with the frequencies to continually keep it enjoyable.


                  A fantastic mix CD from Jackmaster, aka Numbers club / collective member and DJ Magazine’s Breakthrough DJ of 2010, Jack Revill. For their 57th release Fabric take a peek into the Glaswegian mischief-maker’s eclectic record bags.

                  The mix itself brings a taste of the relentless nature of the Numbers dancefloor, where the parties are fast, frantic and intense. With a tracklist running to almost 30 tracks in just 70 minutes, they come short and sharp, running the whole gamut of what’s considered ‘party music’, from Detroit techno classics to the orphaned children of garage, dubstep and grime, the only thing that stays consistent is the upbeat tempo. Kicking things off with a slice of classic electro from The Fantastic Aleems, we head straight into classic ‘hands in the air’ territory with the Inner City anthem "Big Fun". For someone who constantly talks up his love for 90s dance classics, or the music that most resonates from his childhood, it’s no surprise to hear Kim English’s soaring vocals on the proto-garage "Nite Life" emerge out of the robot funk of Model 500. There’s a nod to Jamaica and in turn their grime compatriots down south, with an MC name checking the whole crew on the unreleased calypso bounce of Geiom’s "2 4 6" which swiftly rolls along taking in Addison Groove’s juke-influenced groove. The middle section is the peak time, full strobe moment presented as a kind of rave sandwich, with the comedy Miami Bass of Splack Pack as the x-rated bread while Mad Mike brings an unusually sensitive side with a cut of euphoric piano house and a Wookie remix leading into the Todd Terry jacker "Can You Feel It?".

                  It’s the sound of 90s rave as channelled through the mind of someone who grew up in the online world with access to all the disparate strands of hardcore influenced music, from the neo-NRG of Fix to frenetic ghetto tech, weaving all the influences into each other with a single-minded purpose, for people to be able to dance without feeling guilty about enjoying moments of unexpected nostalgia. The mix ends with a trio of cuts with AFX’s unsettling acid squelch melded into the jerky vocal patterns from Skepta’s "Doin’ It Again" and finishing up on a high note with that most unexpected of danceable singles, the track which exposed Radiohead’s unashamed electronic genius, the alienation anthem of "Idioteque".


                  Hot on the heels of his well-received "Impermanence" artist album, the French techno figurehead Agoria presents one of the most diverse and meticulous sets to hit the fabric series to date. Jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra and Tony Allen drift almost imperceptibly into and out of house and techno from the likes of Carl Craig, Cottam, and of course Agoria himself. Layers and snippets of each track are interwoven throughout the duration, making "Fabric 57" as much an orchestral composition as it is a DJ mix.

                  With such a varied output, the one string that has consistently united David's work is the care spent on the percussive elements of his drum programming and a love for rich textural sounds. With roughly a third of the tracks in the mix being his own productions, this is a perfect example of this very consistency and further evidence of the flawless nature of his DJing. It's also an extremely current selection, with many of the tunes being unreleased at the time of recording. Starting off with some Rush Hour type deep house and the Panoramabar anthem, "Late Night Jam", things soon get a little more upbeat. This is where Kennedy excels, managing to temper the frenetic BPM of the Shangaan dance whilst isolating the yearning vocal chant, slotting it effortlessly into one of his Pearson Sound percussive workouts. While utilising the infectious basslines from tough UK funky numbers like Lil' Silva's "Bad Girl" remix, he manages to avoid the usual hyperactive nature of funky sets, allowing each groove adequate time to snake into the next, jumping between tempos but always keeping it deep with the haunting vocals of Joy Orbison phasing in and even a timely staccato verse from Wiley. It's the simplicity in which he gives nods towards all his influences, from the sub-bass heavy D1 classic "Sub Zero" to the dubbed-out ethereal garage of Burial, his own Detroit-influenced drums strewn throughout, that gives the mix such a pulsating intensity. The whole thing then winds down beautifully with an ambient number from Hotflush alumnus Sigha that leaves you with a teasing lone note slowly drifting just out of earshot.

                  A pioneering broadcaster, nightclub disc jockey, and victorious veteran of countless sound system clashes, David Rodigan is easily the best-known reggae DJ in the world. One of the most appealing aspects of a Rodigan set is that vintage classics are linked to their up-to-the-minute counterparts, so keen listeners will always get a sense of reggae's intense evolution, as well as the way that the genre has influenced other forms of contemporary music, such as hip-hop, house and dubstep. Thus, on "Fabriclive 54", King Tubby's "The Roots Of Dub" and Joe Gibbs' "He Dubbed" set the stage for Sly and Robbie's "Blackboard" and Cadenza's dubstep reworking of Keith & Tex's "Stop That Train", while Big Youth's evergreen "Waterhouse Rock" and Tenor Saw's perennial "Ring the Alarm" pre-empt Cham's gripping "Ghetto Story", Collie Buddz's infectious "Come Around", Shaggy's hilarious "Church Heathen", and Million Stylez's compelling re-cut of "Police In Helicopter". Further recent thrills come from Alborosie, Etana, Chezidek, Romain Virgo and Bitty McLean, all serving up hot reggae nuggets for a broad, contemporary audience.

                  Flicking easily from the heavy, sheets of sound produced by his old school contemporaries, Surgeon fuses the old with the new on fabric 53, creating connections between the oppressing and the minimal that have never been as simply decoded. Honing in on the idea that a lot of 'modern' bass music harks back to rave and constantly re-feeds on its memory for inspiration, he includes music from a veritable liege of young producers. Instra:mental's rolling "Forbidden" is used early on and adds the kind of quickened bass texture that has been carefully incubated over their workings as they slow down from 175bpm drum & bass and Starkey's "Spacecraft" is used brilliantly to juxtapose the rolling pressure of what comes before it, eliminating the 4x4 pulse and adding thicker, more leading bass tones.

                  As an artist whose music has always defied classification, it comes as no surprise that Martyn’s Fabric mix tiptoes, straddles and stomps over the notion of genre. "Fabric 50" is a thrilling, unpredictable portrait of today’s all-embracing and cross-pollinating music scenes. Powered only by the common link of bass culture, Martyn fuses the deep impact of 2562 and Kode 9, the funky step of Roska and Uncle Bakongo, wildly imaginative creations from Hudson Mohawke and Joy Orbison, and the cerebral trip of Werk Discs’ Actress. Also glittered with his own 3024 label creations, this is a definitive snapshot of any pulsating, incandescent dancefloor taken over by the Martyn sound.


                  Toddla T's party-rocking sets are the stuff of legend, a genre-bending, fast-paced style propped up by Toddla's ongoing love affair with dancehall and ably assisted by his hype-chief MC Serocee who features alongside Toddla on "Fabriclive 47". This wiry 24 year old Sheffield lad has bags of personality whatever side of the decks he's on, a trait which effortlessly transmits into his DJ sets. This mix is unapologetically loud, brash but most of all fun. Toddla bounces through styles in the blink of an eye, from the bashy dancehall re-lick of Duffy's "Stepping Stone" to the brief blaze of firing drum & bass from Clipz to his Fish Go Deep / Geeneus / Zinc medley to slices of funky through to some exclusive slabs of dubstep, then onto grime and 2-step – it's breathless, it's reckless and it's utterly brilliant.

                  Tracklisting
                  1. Philly - Love Action
                  2. Duffy - Stepping Stone (Cavemen Remix)
                  3. Monkey Steak - Tigris Riddim
                  4. Backyard Dog - Baddest Ruffest (Pipes & Slippers Mix)
                  5. Toddla T Feat. Mr Versatile - Fill Up Mi Portion Remix Feat. Afrikan Boy & Batty Rymer
                  6. Stone Feat. Roots Manuva - Amen
                  7. Toddla T Feat. Trigganom Vs Clipz - Boom DJ From The Bristol City / Toddla T - Boom DJ From The Steel City / Clipz - Offline VIP
                  8. Toddla T Feat. Serocee - Manbadman (Andy George Refix)
                  9. Toddla T Feat. Serocee - Shake It (Martelo Megashake) / Fish Go Deep - Cure And The Cause / Geeneus & Zinc - Emotions (Geeneus Mix) / La Silva - Funky Flex
                  10. Shake Aletti - The Way He Does (Toddla T Remix Feat. Serocee)
                  11. Bart B More & Diplo Vs Bashy - Millionaire Bingo / Bashy - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire / Bingo Players - Get Up (Diplo Mix)
                  12. Drums Of Death - Lonely Days (DOD's Glasgow to Sheffield Nightbus Versions)
                  13. Alex Mills - Beyond Words (Wittyboy Remix)
                  14. Skream - Toddla T Special
                  15. Toddla T Feat. Tinchy Stryder & Mr Versatile Vs Untold - Anaconda Safe / Toddla T - Safe / Untold - Anaconda VIP
                  16. Busy Signal Vs Pulse X - TicToc (J Needles Driver Blend) / Busy Signal - TicToc / Youngsta - Pulse X
                  17. Sticky Feat. Lady Chamm - Sticky Situation
                  18. Toddla T & Oneman Ft Mr Versatile - Right Leg Shuffle
                  19. Oris Jay - 4 Real
                  20. Toddla T Feat. Benjiman Zephinia & Joe Godard - Rebel (Skream Remix)
                  21. Deadmau5 - I Remember (Caspa Remix)

                  An elusive and enigmatic figure with almost all his work self released on limited runs with handwritten label copy Omar has developed one of electronic music's strongest cult followings. Having released his solo debut album in 2005, the enchanting "Just Ask The Lonely", this will be the first mix album of his already celebrated career. Made up exclusively of his own tracks, including special re-edits, this will be one of the most personal and exclusive mixes so far in the Fabric series. Omar's sound ranges from the bleepy and minimal to the haunting and soul drenched. Hypnotic and often spellbinding, Omar's work has been limited almost exclusively to his own label, FXHE, making only irregular forays into foreign territory, with occasional collaborations with Theo Parrish for Theo's Sound Signature label. FXHE has become home to some of electronic music's most intriguing producers, including Luke Hess, Jason Fine and Kyle Hall. Electronic music's ruthless pigeon holing would find Omar S a tough character to pin down. His music demonstrates both his versatility and his ability to compose tracks that are at once challenging and accessible. As easy to appreciate on your headphones as on Fabric's main room soundsystem, every track he puts his name to is a bona fide masterpiece dripping with the soul of Detroit.

                  LCD Soundsystem's frontman James Murphy and the band's drummer Pat Mahoney delve into their New York roots for "Fabriclive 36". Recorded using an old hand-built Bozak mixer, the pair's mix is a hot sweaty blend of seminal disco, deep rare grooves and edgy tech-infused funk from influential artists such as Donald Byrd & 125th St, Chic, Lenny Williams, Was (Not Was), JT, NYC Peech Boys, Junior Byron and Love of Life Orchestra. A delightful nod to their future, past and present (including LCD Soundsystem's own "Hippe Priest Bumout" and tracks from Mudd, Baby Oliver, Daniel Wang, Still Going and more), this mix is unashamed hand-clapping fun, full of upfront rhythms, obscure treats and heart warming guilty pleasures. Essential!

                  Fabric 29 is sent direct from Berlin, the most vibrant community in electronic music right now, and comes from renowned tech-house / electrohouse production / DJ duo Tiefschwarz. Their mix for Fabric is a deeper than deep journey through the recesses of techno and electronic house music. It features tracks by Troy Pierce, Claude VonStroke, MANDY, Riton, Thomas Schumacher, Night On Earth, Roman Flugel and more.

                  For her first official mix CD, "Fabric21", Chicago's DJ Heather has created a gloriously energetic blend of jacking house, with firm beats but plenty of wiggle, and a soulful warm vibe that blows away those Winter blues. Includes standout tracks from D'Julz, Marko Militano, Mario Fabriani, Kaskade, Mike Delgado, Max Renn and Joey Youngman, plus DJ Mes "Back To The Program", which isn't available on vinyl until it's released in May 2005 on new imprint Blackcherry.

                  Various Artists

                  Fabric 12 - The Amalgamation Of Soundz

                  In true journey style, The Amalgamation Of Soundz take us on a mix CD trip that starts off slow and cinematic and ends up upbeat and in a nu-jazz style, taking in some really lush electronic jazz-based sounds in between. Includes tracks by Cliff Martinez, Asche & Spencer, Nick Ingham Orchestra, ICE, Sofalofa, Akasha, RJD2, Hakan Lidbo, Angelo D'Onorio, Hi-Lo, Soultek, Still Phil etc. Eighteen tracks in all.

                  Various Artists

                  Fabric 11 - Swayzak

                  15 track DJ mix CD from Swayzak. Includes punk-funk, electroclash, techno, disco-not-disco and other groovy things: Negativland, Konrad Black, Luomo, Akufen, Louie Austen, Felix Da Housecat, Chicken Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Mr Oizo, Metro Area, Marz, Thomas Dolby etc.

                  Various Artists

                  Fabriclive 08 - Plump DJs

                  The Plump duo bring us a 20 track DJ mixed (obviously!) compilation of butt-shaking breaks and beats that's guaranteed to get you dancing round your bedroom before you go out. There's four Plumps tracks on here - all new I think - and their mixes of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" and Mr Velcro Fastener "Electric Appliances", as well as tracks by DJ Abstract, Punx, Soul Of Man, Evil 9 and oldies by Nation 12 and Screen 2.

                  Various Artists

                  Fabric 07 - Hipp-E & Halo

                  The West Coast US duo compile and DJ mix the tracks on this CD. It's in their tracky but funky bass-heavy house style. Includes Swag, Solaris Heights, UBQ Project, Ernest St Laurent etc.

                  Various Artists

                  Fabriclive 05 - Howie B

                    Howie B's selection in this great series of mix CDs is as eclectic and leftfield as you'd expect. There's the freeform beats of his own Skelf project, Medicine's mix of I Monster's "Daydream In Blue", roots reggae from Prince Far I, electro by Jackyl & Hyde, indie from Garbage, hardcore classic "Music Takes You" by Blame etc. If you're after something a bit different, then this is it!

                    Various Artists

                    Fabriclive 04 - Deadly Avenger

                    20 track mix CD compilation from Illicit label boss Deadly Avenger. He uses a quick mix style cutting between hip hop (Crooklyn Clan, LL Cool J, The Nextmen etc), breaks (Deadly Avenger, Dynamo Productions etc) and funk / disco (Maceo & The Macks, Jimmy Bo Horne, Jackson Sisters etc).

                    Various Artists

                    Fabriclive 04 - Tony Humphries

                      DJ mixed compilation from the legendary US DJ. Includes deep soulful house with live instrumentation, electronic edged tracks and nu-jazzual breaks.

                      Various Artists

                      Fabric 03 - John Marsh

                        DJ mixed compilation from the Beloved's Jon Marsh. Features tasty deep house from both sides of the pond.

                        Various Artists

                        Fabriclive 02 - Ali B

                          No, not the Man City midfielder (Ali Bernabia), crap TV magician (Ali Bongo) or the guy John Holt dreams about (Ali Baba) it is in fact Fabric resident Ali something else beginning with B. Anyway it's a funky breaks DJ mix with tracks from Mr Scruff, Jammin, Plump DJs, Bassbin Twins, Lee Coombs etc. Ace!


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