FABRICLIVE 59: Four Tet (continuous DJ mix) - (1:15:19) 129 BPM
The Fabriclive series maintains its fine run of form with Four Tet's eagerly anticipated inclusion into the canon. Stitching together field recordings of the club itself, ambient tracks from Michel Redolfi and David Borden, a selection of lost, dusty UK garage from the likes of Persian and Crazy Bald Heads and recent productions from Burial and Floating Points, it's not so much a DJ set as an impressionistic rendition of Hebden's own memories of clubbing itself. Considering the fact that Hebden's own productions are usually so saturated in melody, it's a relatively dark mix, dominated by murky bass tones and sharp, brittle beats, with a constantly shifting sense of urgency that encourages rapt attention throughout. The stellar mix is capped off with two brand new Four Tet tracks, "Pyramid" and "Locked", which only seek to highlight his growing ability to produce devastating club tracks.
Various - "Fabriclive 56" (continuous DJ mix by Pearson Sound & Ramadanman) - (1:11:11) 129 BPM
David Kennedy, aka Ramadanman/Pearson Sound - one of the most talked about electronic artists of recent times - steps up with his highly anticipated mix, marking the 56th instalment of the fabriclive series. Amongst the almost exorbitant 30 track selection are 10 of Kennedy's own, signposted by explorations into dubstep, post-dubstep, house, funky, techno, grime, juke and all the unmapped areas in between which blend so perfectly to colour the Pearson Sound. Despite the brevity of time allowed for each track, the overall effect is not hurried. Essential!
Given the ubiquity of classic garage-inspired house records over the last 18 months, it was probably inevitable that some bright spark would eventually decide to put together a themed compilation. To be fair to Needwant, they've done a pretty good job. While there are plenty of big, scene-defining records present - HNNY's "For The Very First Time", Dusky's "Flo Jam", Medlar's mix of Disclosure's "Boiling" and George Fitzgerald's "Child" - there are also of plenty of admirable cuts from lesser-known names and relative newcomers (see the excellent contributions from Ben Pearce and Purple Velvet). Job done.
Rinse FM regular Brackles takes his relationship with the station a step further with this, his first release for Rinse's own label, following releases on Planet Mu and Apple Pips over the years. Both tracks showcase Brackles' ear for brittle yet driving rhythmic shapes; "Spider" is a stripped back slice of rolling garage-infused funky. Utilising bright yet minimal melodies it skips through a myriad of African inspired melodies and rhythms, whilst a strained pad sound gives the whole thing an alien mood. "Take Me Home" meanwhile takes a soulful female vocal and puts it over a backdrop of deep, searching pitch-bent chords and deep spongy bassline, before breaking out into a rhythmic jam of snares and kwaito-inspired melody.
On the Interplanetary EP, Littlefoot skilfully combines seemingly disparate elements of rave, garage, funky and house on this dope four tracker for the Well Rounded imprint. "Tuesday Club" sits somewhere between Roska and DJ Mujava, with some classic chord stabs thrown in for good measure. Equally impressive is DJ Dom's remix of "Sell My Soul", probably the EP's most euphoric moment, with more rave chords, this time supplemented by a clipped female vocal some delicious low frequencies. Up next you'll find two (relaitively) sedate james, namely the early morning shuffle of "Great Dark Spot" and oven warm Detroitisms of "Planet October".