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20 Sep 04
15 Oct 12
Played by: Forest Echo One
Review: Ben Klock's contribution to the Fabric series marks his coming of age as a DJ. The Berghain resident is known for his marathon, often pounding sets, but Fabric 66 sees him condense many of the elements that he covers over a twelve-hour period at the club into just over 70 minutes without losing his flow. From the spiky, bleepy rhythms of DVS1 to the midnight stepping rhythm of Burial's landmark "Raver", fellow Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann's visceral "Allies" and the big room percussive groove from Planetary Assault Systems, the mix takes in many of techno's diverse hues and shades. That Klock also manages to throw a few curveballs into the mix, like Rob Hood's gospel house as Floorplan or Mathew Jonson's neon trance, speaks volumes for his abilities.
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.
15 Mar 04
19 Nov 12
Review: The rise of London producer Daniel Avery has been little short of staggering. Less than two years ago, he was relatively unknown beyond the confines of blogland. Now, thanks to a string of acclaimed productions and a blossoming DJ career, he's been afforded the opportunity to mix the latest instalment of the FabricLive series. Musically, FabricLive 66 offers a snapshot of where he's at now, delivering a tough but flowing mix of fuzzy electronic rhythms, stripped-back techno, gnarled acid house and tactile, next-level electronica (see Gatto Fritto's superb remix of JR Seaton's "Way Savvy"). There are also occasional forays into electroclash-ish territory (Miss Kittin, Raudive) and a smattering of Avery's own productions, making FabricLive 66 a formidable proposition.
17 Oct 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Techno
Review: The most shocking this about this mix from legendary techno DJ/ producer Dave Clarke is that it's his first for Fabric. So was it worth the wait? Certainly, it shows Clarke at his defiant best, effortlessly joining he dots between sci-fi electro and intense, darkroom techno with a smattering of sublime Detroitian moments thrown in. Along the way, he finds time to squeeze in some real gems, from the sparkling late night techno-funk of Kenny Larkin's sublime remix of the Marc Romboy/Paris The Black Fu collab "Dark & Lovely" to the no- holds-barred aural assault that is Stephane Signore's "Sacrifice". Moody and inspiring stuff, all told.
15 Feb 10
Drum And Bass
17 Sep 12
Drum And Bass
Review: A controversial character to choose for a Fabriclive album it must be said, but the Birmingham based jump up don is a much-celebrated icon of the D&B scene and demonstrates his skill and superior selection in the 65th installment of the Fabriclive series. DJ Hazard goes in hard with the selection, teasing in brand new material from himself alongside some VIPs of classics such as "Mr Happy" and "Food Fight" and hot new cuts from some less familiar faces and upcoming producers. Keeping things on the energetic, dancefloor and tech-y side, you can expect to see Noisia, Mampi Swift, Funtcase, Lynx in there alongside contributions from fellow Playaz signings Taxman, Sub Zero and Hazard's other moniker Dirty Harry, and a multitude of lesser known names. His aim was to create a live feel, warts 'n all, with as much unreleased material as possible and that's exactly what Hazard has done here. Salute!
20 Feb 12
Played by: Todd Terry
Review: Chicago's Sneak was a hugely influential figure in the mid-90s, inspiring Daft Punk and inadvertently kick-starting the filtered disco sound. The opening track, by Strip Steve and Das Glow, suggests that he has embraced minimal house, but for Sneak fans looking for disco-fuelled thrills, Fabric 62 is a veritable treasure trove. The advent of technology has made Sneak's DJing and the productions sound tighter and purists may bemoan the loss of the Chicago DJ's raw aesthetic. However, in its place comes a middle ground between Relief jacking and German minimalism on Hector Couto's "Creampie", the rolling groove and unbridled sensuality of Mendo's "Old School" and the irresistible vocal hooks and carnival vibes of Ex Tepper's "In, Out, Life" - all tweaked and filtered as only Sneak knows how.
17 May 13
Review: Former Wiseguy DJ Touche (aka Theo Keating) has reinvented himself a few times, most successfully of course as Fake Blood. Under this moniker he created a huge hype as to the real identity of this mysterious producer. Now he has achieved every DJ's dream - to release a Fabric mix album. On it we see his style shift once more; decidedly less noisy than his own earlier output, this a thrilling journey that begins with some tribal house vibes and ends with euphonic electro-pop, taking in baile funk, tech-house, vintage jack and bassy techno along the way.
19 Mar 12
Drum And Bass
Review: Critical's head honcho Kasra Mowlavi follows in the footsteps of D Bridge, Goldie and DJ Marky in mixing a D&B-driven Fabriclive album. Bringing together a collection of fresh new tunes from his own label as well as some forgotten favourites, the album is mixed live to give that authentic club feel. From the off, we are treated to such highlights as Alix Perez's VIP of Rockwell's "Underpass", a tidy remix swap between Enei and Foreign Concept gives rise to an Enei remix of "Mob Justice" and jungle revivalist anthem "Back To The Jungle (VIP)" adds a rambunctious edge to the proceedings as we glide through music from Icicle, SPY, Dub Phiziks, Stray and June Miller.
21 Mar 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: 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!
16 Jan 12
Review: Having arguably kick started Bristol's love affair with dubstep via his Context and Dubloaded parties and Tectonic label, Pinch has since proven himself to be one of the most astute and open-minded producers in the bass music scene. It's perhaps fitting, then, that he should get the honour of mixing the latest volume in the acclaimed FabricLive series. It's also fitting that FabricLive 61 sees him at his most versatile, mixing up a range of bass music flavours, from atmospheric dubstep slow burners and dreamy soundscapes (his brilliant collaboration with Quest, "In Dreams") to acid-tinged 4/4 bangers (Joy O and Boddika's anthemic "Swims"), snappy future garage from the likes of Roska, and even a dash of bombastic footwork courtesy of Addison Groove.