on 21 April 2011
This is a very accomplished album. It works well on so many levels. The track selection is inspired and ranges from House, Techno, Tribal, Progressive to orchestral music and soul music. The mixing of the tracks together is brilliantly done. It has dynamism and subtlety and springs a few surprises along the way. Very clever.
Agoria is an unusual DJ with a unique taste and style in Dance music. All of his CDs are original and different and this album is no exception. He is very much an Avant-Guard DJ who is at the front of the dance music scene and pushing things forward in new directions. He does things which have never been tried or done before. That is why this album is so interesting, because you are listening to something NEW.
I would say that this album represents a DJ who is at the height of his creative powers. I hope he stays there for a long time to come.
The album itself varies throughout. The tempo changes constantly as does the style of music. Its creative and imaginative. Great fun to listen to. He sounds more relaxed and at ease with his work than in his previous albums. A great achievement which is very worthy of 5 stars. If you want to listen to something new and different in Dance music then this album is for you.
on 23 April 2011
The latest edition to the Fabric collection is a really good one. There's a range of styles on show, but the overarching sound is more tribal/prog house and electronica with a melodic edge. Agoria is back on top form here, with an extremely slick mix. The opener (no less than three tracks overlayed) sets the mood of the set perfectly - middle paced, melodic dreamy electronica. The flow of this set is out of this world, I can scarcely notice where some of the overlaps are. When you see that there are two separate tracklists, for the tracklist itself and then then a second tracklist for 'tracks featured throughout this mix', you know you are listening to something genuinely intuitive and original, and pieced together by someone with unbelievable talent. I listened to a few of the original versions of these tracks unmixed on YouTube and agoria transforms some of them quite radically, especially clara moto's 'deer and fox'.
Stand out tracks? Well besides the opening combination of Vainqueur-Ranges - 'Theme', Ensemble Economique -'Real Things' and Zodiac free Arts Club - Ein Lied Fur Popul Vuh', the stand out moments for me were Jerome Sydemham's 'Rhythm' which is a smooth, tribal piece of house, Clara Moto's 'Dear & Fox' - the vocal highlight of the set, and then Cottam's 'Sunrise Sunset' which has a 'higher state of consciousness' edge to it which, along with a top remix of 'blackmagic' by Jose James really absorbs you emotionally, and is the peak of the set. Agoria makes use of his own productions from his latest album 'Impermanence', but keeps it fresh for his fans by using remixes which keeps the this and Impermance keeping their own distinct mood.
My only complaint is that the 'big band' closing track from Ella Fitzgerald just didn't work for me. It didn't fit the mood he built so well throughout the set. By all means selecting an older classic work that wasn't electronica is fine by me, but it should have been something with some emotion and depth, which the set generated so well in long spells here.
let's not finish on a negative note though, this is well worth the money and will certainly be seeing many plays to come for me. Agoria is at the top of his game right now and is one of the few djs which I will instantly purchase any new album or mix he releases without hesitation.
on 18 July 2011
As it was the case with his previous mixes (At the Controls, Balance) it took some time for me to really appreciate the skill, genuine originality and quality of the mixing. These aren't the kinds of mixes that work on first impressions, or on one level. Quite the contrary - it's only when you allow the mix to work on its own merits, when you get the sense of the whole, only then it will start to reveal its true quality. Once that happens, it's sure to become seriously addictive and fulfilling. Everything will start to make sense, everything will fall into place, adding to the development, build up and flow of the mix, often on surprisingly emotional levels. This 'sense of the whole' brings the mix to entirely new levels each time you listen.
That's what I love most about Agoria's mixing. It's the incredible variety of sounds, genres and tunes he's able to weave together into something that is breathtakingly original, complex and at the same time unified, even though some of the used elements could be very far from each other in time or genre (see Ella Fitzgerald's Night And Day). Agoria is able to take an element of a track, develop it in a new context to an amazing effect, having all of the elements add to the whole structure of the mix. He seems to be able to develop and construct his mixes on very fine lines, as if using many silk threads that wouldn't stand the pressure on their own, but, when put together, they create an amazing fabric that captures and inspires your imagination. (See the impeccable mixing in tracks 11 & 12 Agoria feat. Carl Craig & La Scalars - Speechless.)
This is, indeed, a work of an incredibly talented DJ that will keep on rewarding you after many repeated listens.
on 12 December 2014
GREAT SOLID CONFIDENT MIX. I would say that if you are a House music fan of many years then you cannot fail to appreciate this. Some may find it too strange or minimal as at times it is, but this adds to It's sophistication and sublime track offerings whilst popping along at a nicely accommodating tempo. It builds and the more I go back to this mix the more I love it. My advice is don't question it just listen to it. There is nothing showy here this is a true DJ at his finest with an understated but confident mix. This rides along beautifully. And It is pushing for new ways to experience house with touches of Acid, techno, minimal, progressive and more.
on 26 August 2011
Another solid Mix from Fabric.. Not heard alot about Agoria so wasa little unsure, but bought it anyway. Has some real good tracks and mixing on here, goes a little off mid way through, but comes back again and finishes off nicely.. Well worth the buy.