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|1. Sexual Harassment - I Need a Freak|
|2. The Egyptian Lover - Freak-A-Holic|
|3. Kango- s Stein Massive - M/S Langåra (Syntax Erik Mix)|
|4. DJ T - Time Out (Acid Dub)|
|5. Alexkid - Don- t Hide It (Alexkid’s Vocal)|
|6. Tomboy - She Hit My Head|
|7. Delon And Dalcan - Dunufus|
|8. Marc Romboy Vs Booka Shade - Everyday Of My Life (Martin Landsky Remix)|
|9. Jesper Dahlbäck - Robot Dance|
|10. Steve Bug - That Kid (Hate Mix)|
|11. Metope - Second Skin|
|12. Miwon - Brother Mole (John Tejada Mix)|
|13. Black Devil - Timing, Forget The Timing (Kerrier District Mix)|
|14. The Emperor Machine - Bloody Hell|
|15. Ricardo Villalobos - Dexter (2 Lone Swordsmen Mix)|
|16. Technova - Atmosphere|
That said, I can do without the first two tracks. I got tired of the 'freak' buzzword when the Sugababes cashed in on it, and to use it as a theme for not one but two tracks is regrettable, especially since they're not altogether inkeeping with the feel of the rest of the album. The album is one of natural progression not stand-out highlights, but Alex Kid's 'Don't Hide It' certainly turns your ears up. A nicely syncopated vocal track, this is as housey as Mr W gets, with its infectious groove and poignent, clever lyrics. Onwards, things move along nicely if impactlessly, but the end is where AW turns it on. What was already sparse and controlled becomes even more so with some warm, melancholic tracks ending with and demonstrated by Technova's aptly titled 'Atmosphere'.
The Fabric trend of putting out understated, intelligent mixes continues nicely, but AW succeeds where others have fallen down by not feeling compelled to shoe in as many genres as possible to illustrate this trend. He knows his stuff, and his plan, and the progression and variation seem instead logical and fitting.
Quality has been high recently with the preceding release from Baby Mammoth, Beige and Solid Doctor being among the very best.
So I had high hopes of this release, having recently been impresssed by Weatherall's From The Double Gone Chapel album (as Two Lone Swordsmen) - and the man doesn't disappoint.
Whereas he used to be famed for his wilfully 'difficult' live sets (I remember hearing him play a recording of Mongolian noseflute music over harsh techno in 1994), this mix is pitched firmly at the dancefloor.
Things are swiftly bought up to date however, with a terrificly dirty-yet-pristine set of modern electro-house numbers.
He finishes on a more housey note, with the Two Lone Swordsmen mix of Ricardo Villalobos' Dexter working into Technova's Atmosphere - which drops the tempo and lays on some blissful chimes, conjuring up echoes of Weatherall's sublime Smokebelch II (as Sabres Of Paradise).
Weatherall may have been off ploughing his own furrow over the past decade, but this mix CD proves he can still cut it on the dancefloor - and that he could teach many of the young tech house turks who play Fabric how to make 'dark' dance music funky.
Then you get treated to some good solid tech house, very Kompact/Michael Mayer style. Like disco, electro and techno all thrown into the big melting pot.
There is a pure headache moment in the middle of the mix in the form of Steve Bug's That Kid. I didn't like it on the Lee Burridge 24:7 mix, it comes across as an old whining late 80's house track, and the form it is in on this mix is just atrocious. Sounds like your CD player is having a fit.
Luckily we're back up to speed after this momentary dip and we finish off with a slighty more abstract techy selection, with more than a nod towards the IDM scene.
Putting the Steve Bug track aside, a nicely diverse mix fitting into the recent electro tech house vein that Fabric seems to be serving up.
Little to set the dance floor on fire here, sure there's some inoffensive vocal, funky, tech cuts but really I can't imagine dancing till dawn to this cd.
I could however imagine a dinner party of forty-something Shoreditch types putting this as background music for their dinner party.