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21 Jan 13
Review: In an era when considered eclecticism is all the rage, Hessle Audio founder Ben UFO still stands out. He's long been considered one of electronic music's more interesting DJs, seemingly able to weave together disparate sounds and styles into a logical, entertaining whole. This contribution to the FabricLive series shows him at his masterful best, utilising the simple pleasures of rhythm to weave together 28 thrilling and thoughtful selections. In the space of 70 minutes, he somehow manages to fuse sparse electro with classic acid house, murky post-dubstep techno with tribal African rhythms (and sharp '80s proto-house synths), Mr Fingers with Shackleton, stripped analogue techno with tactile futurism, and locked grooves with crystalline electronica. Truly, it's a tour de force.
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29 Jun 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Tom Central, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew)
Review: Drawing on the usual combination of close associates and fresh talent, Modeselektor are plaing curators once again and serve us this hefty 18-strong collection of shockingly modern beats. There's rugged and ranging electronica from Clark, Prefuse 73 and Mouse On Mars, while Modeselektor themselves keep things decidedly techno. By and large though the strongest informer is electro, from Lazer Sword's manic delivery to the deadly Detroitisms of Diamond Version. A special mention goes out to Martyn for the swinging glory of "Red Dancers", a rough and ready jacker with bandy legs and bawdy acid in its veins.
31 Jul 12
01 Feb 13
Review: Rita Maia is currently a busy woman, presenting radio (including a weekly Resonance FM show also called Sine Of The Times), DJing everywhere (aside from holding down a residency at the Notting Hill Arts Club) and now releasing albums too! This 11-song collection isn't a mix album per se, although the tracks do cleverly flow together. The overall vibe is gentle, almost brittle, micro-house-meets broken beat: perfect for hazy post-club mornings. Highlights include the teardrop beats of Dfranklin's "Whole", the melancholic rain-soaked 2-step of VVV's "Lost & Found" and the tropical comedown of BD1982's "The Wave Chamber".
17 Oct 11
Played by: Owain Kimber (Owain K), Shadow Dancer, Deepchild, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Siz.da, Enzo Canale, Bunny On Acid, Van Bonn, Breakbeat.is, Attemporal, Arma, Apparat
Review: While it might be tricky in these open-minded times for Scuba to shatter preconceptions the way that he did with his Sub:Stance mix a few years ago, this compilation should be seen really as a celebration of the man himself as a DJ. After launching with a decidedly minimalist approach, the mix meanders between pacey techno, bluesy broken beat and rolling dubstep tempos. At times the flow feels unsteady, but then it just rings true that he put this mix together for himself. Without a dancefloor to look after, who knows where many of our favourite DJs might take us?
31 May 11
Review: Hessle present this digital set to showcase their progression as a label at the forefront of the multi faceted strands of music that have grown out of dubstep. 116 & Rising offers an array of brilliant music from Hessle mainstays like Elgato, Untold, and Jimmy Blake. In addition, the Hessle triumvate of overseers have secured exclusive material from the likes of D1 and Addison Groove - whose "Fuk Da 101" is a real treat among many highlights. Elsewhere Joe goes West LDN circa 2002 on "Twice" and Blawan serves further notice that he's got the best drum flex in the game with "Potchla Vee". Absolutely essential release.
24 May 11
31 Jan 11
Review: Founded in 1995, Planet Mu has gone on to become a force in electronic music, setting the benchmark high and releasing some of the scene's seminal and groundbreaking artists. Blending house, techno, dubstep, hip-hop and all the grey areas in between that have come to dominate the sonic landscape of recent years, Planet Mu have never been afraid to depart from the status quo. Marking the first release of 2011 for Mike Paradinas' lauded label, 14 Tracks From Planet Mu collates tracks from some of the new artists to have graced the Mu airwaves over the past year. There are four exclusives in there, for those that like it hot off the press, and some familiar names like Oriol, Solar Bears, Floating Points, FaltyDL, Ikonika and Boxcutter. Superb stuff.
04 Feb 13
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04 Apr 11
Played by: Ndv (Polar Pair/Botanika), Chris Coco, Shadow Dancer, Dan Oh, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Reilly Steel, Matthew Kyle, Doorly, Larssen
Review: For anyone with a passion for forward-thinking bass music, Back & 4th should be essential listening. Via a sprinkling of super-hot exclusives and historic label favourites, it brilliantly celebrates the enduring appeal of Scuba's vital Hotflush Recordings imprint. For confirmed fans, it's the first new jams that will titillate most. It boasts some real killers; strobe-lit future garage, dubstep and wonky neck-snappers from Boxcutter, Rosca, Boddika, Falty DL and Scuba himself (the acid house-flavoured "Feel It"). If that's still not enough to tempt you, take a look at the previously released tracks from Joy Orbison, Mount Kimbie and Untold.
03 Oct 12
Review: Having cut their teeth on tour with likes M.I.A., and counting Steve Aoki and Diplo as fans, Top Billin are on fire. The intention behind their new compilation, compiled by DJ Flipperi, was to present 'simply great music' irrespective of genre, but the cover shot of a pirate skeleton and parrot in a techno tunnel can only mean one thing: tropically tinged bass! We've got 11 top quality tracks here, ranging from the haunted garage of Volta Cab's "Make You Mine", to the minimal vocal and claps play of "Boccia" by Mieux! via the R 'n' G(oth) of Classi Assi's "Always Got My Back and the perhaps slightly cruel, crunk-funk warping of Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's "Summertime" by Wolfhaus. Boom!
07 Jan 13
Played by: DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings)
Review: Wonderfully titled label Slime was founded in 2010 with the firm intent to 're-capture the wide-eyed thrill of the first age of rave'. Since then they have put out a multitude of forward thinking releases all leading to this, their second label compilation. Literally bulging with underground goodness, the tracklist weighs in at 26 full-length tunes (plus a free one!). Highlights of all this madness include the sparse 2 step of "Jaded" by Akin, the twitching, percussive "Sunwan" by SPD, the dreamy 3am RnB vibes of "Communication" by Totte, the deeply seductive rimshot house of DYP's "Vices" and the ominous rave of "There's No Way" by Frequent Flyers.
19 Mar 12
Played by: Ursa Major, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Thrills, Reilly Steel, Paradisiaca Recordings, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy
Review: Pooling the best of San Francisco's 2-step, future garage and bass scene, Hot N Heavy's third volume in this series is a top source of some seriously impressive, upcoming talent. Kasio's opening "Back To The Garage" is straight-up stunning, with incredibly deep oceanic pads filtered down magnificently to a drop of crunchy and twitchy drums. Similarly, Red Army, Reilly Steel, Commodore 69 and Ground Control all prove more than a match for British kindred spirits like Joy O, Pearson Sound and the Night Slugs crew.
30 Jul 12
Review: Coming into their own over the last 12 months as a destination label for fans of quality bass music, Black Acre build on releases from Blue Daisy, Fantastic Mr Fox and Lukid with this remix compilation that features big names like SBTRKT getting glacial yet charged on a mix of FMF's "Sketches", Boddika giving Hyetal's "Diamond Islands" an acid rewash and John Talabot giving Blue Daisy & Anneka's "Raindrops" a slow cosmic rework that's simply jaw-dropping. Other names like Sunken Foal, Tes La Rok, and Lynx & Hellrazor make this a riveting and genre-spanning collection.
13 Jan 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Fort Knox Five, Mat Cant, Nic Fanciulli, Matta, Tee Circus, Rack N Ruin, Lucent
Review: Despite only unveiling themselves to the public in 2010, Black Butter Records have already ascended to some impressive heights with a string of hugely popular bass/UKF releases. This first 'proper' label comp features five names from their roster, remixed by many more. It's literally fizzing and popping with retro-futuristic ideas and sounds: from the B-more drum machine orgy of "Be More (3hrs & Woz mix), to Matta's accelerated electro version of Kidnap Kid's classic "Vehl" and Vince Clarke's elasticated tech-house version of "Lazarus Taxon", to the scuzzy, rave-inflected house of Codec's "What You Need", the thoroughly ominous bass tones of "Hackney Heat" by Racknruin via the eccentric end-of the world beats of "Trick Green" by Hostage.
19 Mar 12
Played by: Jon Saigon
Review: A much anticipated release from Ramp Recordings subsidiary, Brain Math, which brings together the best in limited edition vinyl releases from 2008-10 from a star-studded cast, including stunners from James Blake, Roska (under his Bakongo alias), Brackles and SBTRKT. "Paper Street" gets the ball rolling with a Burial-like air, and is juxtaposed against Brackles' infectious "6am El Gordos". "Pembroke" has that discernable Blakean style, complete with synth haze, distorted vox and clip-clop beats. "Laika" (SBTRKT's first release, don't you know?) adds a dose of mischief, before Spiders take things dark and murky, with eerie SFX a-plenty, and the compilation is rounded off with Zomby's "Rumours & Revelations".
24 Sep 12
Review: After two very successful instalments of the Electr*c series thus far, Gilles Peterson returns with another chunky selection of artists that fit into the less organic side of his taste-maker tendencies. This time it seems that he has dug especially deep to find some fresh talent, so unfamiliar are the names on the line-up. In terms of style, there's a tendency towards rich melody across the board, from Aftawerks engrossing mellow acid workout to the contemplative juke dazzle of Jaded Laur, but there's also space for some more primal club tracks. Just check the ghetto tech flex of Frank Rodas' "Kick It VIP" for all the proof you need.
16 Apr 12
Played by: Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy)
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11 May 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Reggae/Oldies/Ska
12 Dec 12
Played by: Hybu, Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Martin Sauvage /Soukouch Ethnik/, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Lucent, Allmostt, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: San Francisco's Hot n Heavy Recordings mark their third birthday with a new action packed compilation, released on the symbolic date of 12/12/12. Featuring 14 fresh cuts spanning future bass, deep house and leftfield garage. Highlights include the tropical melancholia of Laney's "You Need To", the menacing minimal vibes of "Hairdresser" by Allmostt, the sparse, abstract garage of HxDB's "Spectator" and the slammin' raw, retro house of "Darlin" by D3adl1ne.
24 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Downtempo
Review: Following on from their first instalment, the guys at Parisian soul/funk/jazz label Heavenly Sweetness are back with a follow up. Having spent months scouring the net for the best new sounds, they proudly present the cream of their findings - 15 in total. Highlights include the future bass/jazzy trapisms of "Down Brandy" which takes the eponymous RnB singer and warps her into another dimension, the drunk cat on a keyboard-isms of "Muscles", the cool retro hip-hop of "Boomboxin" and the 80s freestyle pop of "The Followers".
08 Jan 13
17 Dec 12
Played by: Lifecycle
22 Oct 12
Review: This new compilation sees Loose Squares seeking to showcase footwork from around the world.. It's a diverse collection (compiled by Chrissy Murderbot) and features 10 leftfield takes on established sounds. Atki2 kicks things off with the minimal, drum machine-led "When The Fire Starts", 618's "Freak You" marries a resounding bass drum to a Lil' Kim sample, Pixelord plays with a host of exaggerated vocals samples on the deliciously tropical "Footpork". However, following on from the mellow "Lost In The Jungle" by Actraiser (clue's in the title), things get more hypey with DJ Godfather delivering the Bobby O-sampling jump-up banger "Bring It Back" and the intense speed-a-thon that is "Crack" by Nickotine.
18 Feb 13
Review: Belgian leftfield dance label Pelican Fly have collated a host of tunes from all the key acts on their roster for this impressively different mini-compilation. Over the course of eight tracks we get taken on quite an adventure: from the bleepy 'G(litch) n B' of Zora Jones to the epic fanfare of Sinjin Hawke's "Prom Nite" and the restlessness of "Rave Land" by Mister Tweeks to the drum- machine-being-drowned-in-Lilt-isms of Lucid's "On & On" and the positively psychedelic "Circular Motions 2025" by the 'imaginative' Richelle.
20 Nov 12