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The FabricLive series starts 2011 in fine style by enlisting David Kennedy, better known as Ramadanman and Pearson Sound. Kennedy first broke into the Bass music scene in 2006, releasing numerous singles on many labels including Swamp 81, Hemlock, Aus and his own Hessle Audio, the label he co-runs with Ben UFO and Pangaea. Kennedy hasn't limited himself to Dubstep, he's also released House, Techno and Drum & Bass tracks.
Kennedy's musical open-mindedness reflects his bewildering collection of 30 tracks for this mix, including 10 of his own under Ramadanman and Pearson Sound, some of which have never been released before. The tracks vary from Dubstep, House, Electro, Funky, Garage, Techno, Grime, Footwork and everything inbetween.
Standout tracks include guaranteed floor-fillers such as Julio Bashmore's 'Battle for Middle You', the superb S-X's 'Woo Riddim' mash-up with Ramadanman's 'Glut', Pearson Sound's remix of Joy Orbison's 'GR Etiquette' and some Electro brilliance from Bok Bok's remix of Girl Unit's 'IRL'. There's plenty of good tracks on the album, celebrating some of the pioneers of bass music such as Mala, Burial and Pinch to hot upstarts Addison Groove and Mr Mageeka. The only track that stood out like a sore thumb was Tiyiselani Vomaseve's 'Vanghoma', which just didn't sit comfortably with the rest of the mix.
The big surprise is that the mix is more restrained than the neck-shattering experience I was expecting, carefully segueing tracks, sometimes layering track upon track, seamlessly mixing one genre to another and gently building the momentum. Even at it's highest peaks, it's still quite a muted sound. But don't let this put you off as the mix is superb.Read more ›
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super cutting edge hi-fi street21 April 2011
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So, I had spent the morning working out a rattle in my car speakers because I was SURE that this mix was going to be bad-ass. I pre-ordered so I got it the day of the US release. To tell the truth when I first put on this mix, I was pissed. It starts a bit mellow and slow, albeit good but not badass and almost no bass (I'm a bass-head) Then track 5 hit and I almost threw the CD out the damn window. The overbearing terribly off key vocal wrenched into my brain and I felt like I wasted the whole day and $15.Realizing that not sticking it out would make me weak, I can say proudly(now) that I stuck it out and discovered the "real" mix starts on track 6. From there till the end Ramadanman/Pearson Sound just shreds intellectual hi-fi "dub-tech"? "Step house?" "Bass-step"? "Hi-Fi Dub stepsister house in-law"? Whatever you call it there are elements of 90s bass music, dubstep, garage, a sortof world "street" vibe, and broken latin beats. This mix has balls, and to me its one of the dopest things I've heard in a long time. Its an exposure to a new MINDSET. Fix your speakers and play it loud. The anthem is the VIBE
Yuck2 Mar. 2013
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I'm used to Fabric being 50/50 with their releases, and this one falls on the negative end. This thing tries to be all over the place (musically). Hard to get into, very commercial, and soul-less.