‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
Fabriclive 91: Special Request
‘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.”
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.
Fabriclive 88 - Flava D
“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.
"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.
"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.
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.
FabricliveE 85 - Jesse Rose
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.
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.
Fabric 83 - 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.
'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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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 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.
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
Fabriclive 63 - Digital Soundboy Soundsystem
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 COMMENTSPhilippa 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!
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 COMMENTSPhilippa 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.
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
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.
Fabric 59 - Jamie Jones
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.
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".
Fabric 57 - Agoria
Fabriclive 56 - Pearson Sound / Ramadanman
Fabriclive 54 - David Rodigan
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)
Fabriclive 36 - James Murphy & Pat Mahoney
12 NEW ITEMS
193 NEW ITEMS
Various ArtistsA Disco Fantasy - Inc. Sylvester, Louie Vega, Amp Fiddler, Sweet Tooth T & Greg Wilson
Various ArtistsSpider-Jazz - KPM Cues Used In The Amazing Animated Series - That We Are Not Allowed To Mention For Legal Reasons
Sun 20th - 11:47
Sat 19th - 11:22
Sat 19th - 9:05