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.
Review: Bonobo returns with his first release since 2017! A single-track affair, it's taken from his forthcoming 'Fabric Presents' mix album and opens with delicate percussion and violin notes, before introducing a simple, nagging keyboard riff that plays almost constantly throughout. A warm, throbbing bassline and kick drum arrive just after the one-minute mark, after which a variety of other sounds - barely-there vocal snips, pads, lush chords, a hint of flute - drift in and out of the mix, all adding up to a mellow, midtempo number that could find its way into the sets of deep house, Balearic/downtempo and leftfield jocks alike.
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.
FABRICLIVE 59: Four Tet (continuous DJ mix) - (1:15:19) 129 BPM
Review: 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.
Review: To be honest, it's about time that Logan Sama had the space to compile his own series of mythical London club Fabric's, Fabriclive series. The grime DJ started his career back on the equally important Rinse FM back in 2002, and has been an important part of the club's development over the years that saw grime and dubstep blow up. At number 83 in the series, Sama drops a selection of tunes that are wholly representative of his DJ sets in Fabric's Room 1; the mix contains tunes by everyone from grime pioneer Wiley, to vocalist and producer JME, and a whole load of lesser known names that have kept the grime scene evolving. This is the real deal, there ain't not other like it around these days. Recommended.
Review: Mathew Jonson presented us with the fabric 84 mix this year and now we have one of the new and as yet unreleased cuts from the rather well received mix, recorded live at the super club's 15th birthday. Equal parts funky and melodic as it is driving and hypnotic; it's yet another one of those drifting journey tracks that you can imagine hearing transition perfectly into peak time energy. I has all the hallmarks of the Canadian's sound that has propelled him to the top of the game in the last 12 years of his career.
FABRICLIVE 94: Midland (continuous DJ mix) - (1:14:40) 126 BPM
Review: For Midland, selecting and mixing the latest Fabric Live is a dream come true. By his own admission, the UK DJ was obsessed with the series, even going as far as designing his own posters to accompany the mixes back in the day. Now that he has been given the platform to finally mix an instalment himself, he doesn't disappoint; Fabric Live 94 sees him move skilfully from Even Tuell and Juju & Jordash's left of centre house - the pair are on fine form with the jazzed out "Monday Mellow" - into timeless 90s techno from Carl Craig (as Tres Demented); LFO and Santos Rodriguez, before heading into Convextion's signature deep sounds and Japanese producer Shinichi Atobe's wonderful abstractions. Many years in the making, Fabric Live 94 doesn't disappoint.
Review: Originally released as part of the Fabric Worldwide compilation to celebrate the club's twentieth anniversary, Kraviz' "Da" now gets issued as a single. In contrast to the output on her Trip label, this arrangement is more esoteric. Despite being just four minutes in length, it captures the attention thanks to its layered, hypnotic vocal sample that intones the track's title and presumably Kraviz' own response in Russian. Factor in the dreamy tones that encircle the sample and the high-paced drums that underpin both of these elements and it's clear that Kraviz has yet again delivered an inventive take on club techno.
Review: What a combo we have here. From the artist credits alone, we knew we would for a treat with this one as Pinch's unique and organic bass production links up with the iconic vocal presence of Trim for a dancefloor scorcher entitled 'That Wasn't It'. As every with these two, this isn't your typical roller, as Pinch provides scattered, blippy rhythmic patterns, into which Trim continuous to find unusual pockets, spraying up the arrangement with poetic lyricism and skippy flows, giving it vocal topping it deserves!
Fabric Worldwide LIVE 92: Preditah - (1:11:46) 140 BPM
Review: Pure headphone and home-listening inspiration: Peditah's Fabriclive mix comes strictly mixed form and it's a straight up snapshot of bass music's raw and healthy state right now. Bulging with bangers and exclusives from the likes of DJ Q, Wiley, Bassboy, C4, Mr Virgo and loads more, the Brum badman takes us from the sublime house of Black Loops to the riotous grit of Solo 45 and all shades in between. Fluid and fiery, all recorded in one take, Preditah's delivered one of the most on-point mixes Fabric have released in a long time. Essential listening every time you touch road.
Fabric 95: Roman Flugel (continuous DJ mix) - (1:18:21) 128 BPM
Review: Fabric 95 is Roman Flugel's first commercially available mix in seven years - the last being a selection for Live at Robert Johnson - and it's a suitably wild ride. It veers in style from Daniel Koehler's hazy break beat house and Lanark Artefax's darker, bass-heavy broken beats, into Red Rack Em's dark roller 'Mad House' and the deep, hypnotic techno Benjamin Frohlich remix of Tuff City Kids' "Tell Me". While some DJs become more conservative and predictable as they get older, it seems that the opposite is the case with Flugel, and he brings the mix to a close with the tripped out "Fascinating" by rave survivor DHS.
Review: Long may be the days of seeing Sascha play to small rooms of Nottingham legend, the spirit and soul of such a perspective can perhaps be best felt in its very essence here. With trance ala mode right now more than some genres, its popularity goes in hand with Sascha and his work defining the genre as his own. It's here then that Sascha's music continues its course by venturing into a vocal decay of up tempo rhythms, melo-phoria and sunsetting synths and deemed special enough to close out fabric's 20th anniversary mix.
Review: Originally released as part of a compilation to celebrate Fabric's twentieth anniversary, the London club is now issuing Steffi's "Ankertje" as a solo release. Fans of her seamless house and techno DJing may not be familiar with Steffi's electro credentials, but that would overlook her early years and her stewardship of the Klakson label, which has long championed artists like Duplex, Fastgraph and Dexter. Fittingly then, "Ankertje" rolls to the sound of steely 808s, widescreen synths and outer space acid squiggles - the ideal combination of dance floor earthiness and otherworldliness that sums up electro's evergreen style, decades after its inception.
Review: The techno deity that is Anthony Child, aka Surgeon, compiles the 53rd instalment of the vaulted fabric mix series and my, isn't it something. Fusing tough, raw techno and dubstep, Child takes us on a relentless journey that unites the work of Scuba, Ital Tek and Instra:mental with Mark Broom, James Ruskin and a healthy slew of his own productions. The pounding, bone shattering drop into the Al Tourettes & Appleblim remix of Planetary Assault Systems "X Speaks To X" sums up what Surgeon is all about on this mix - the interbreeding of two genres into one serious workout. Indeed, his chosen moniker has never appeared so apt, cutting and slicing seemingly disparate beats into one flowing narrative. This mix is easily as essential as any of its predecessors, and that's saying something.
Review: On this release London club and institution Fabric helps Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards' Wiggle brand celebrate its 20th anniversary. It's done so by putting together a 20-track compilation that includes music from Just Be, (aka Bushwacka), Berkson & What, D'Julz and Jay Tripwire. Just because it's minimal in sound doesn't mean it's minimal by nature and this Wiggle For 20 Years compilation presents 74 minutes of grooving rhythms with material from recent Wiggle guests Alex Arnout, Saytek and Dachshund, as well as some fresh cuts from long running Wiggle affiliates like Gideon Jackson.