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Electrofunkdisco ... thang!,
This review is from: Fabric20: John Digweed (Audio CD)
The last thing I picked up from John Digweed was his Los Angeles Global Underground mix which, I think I can fairly claim, was essentially a 2CD dullathon. A whole host of soulless Progressive tracks that were high on 'murk' content but lacking in 'sparkle'. Don't get me wrong, Diggers can mix up a storm, but that last mix was hardly a high point. With usual partner Sasha pulling out major production knobs for his Involver epic, its nice to see Digweed heading in a completely different direction. Where Sasha has headed into shiny Breaks and epic Progressive, Digweed has gone down deep. A CD full of wonderfully funky, twisted house music. The quality is there from the moment you hit play. 16b's frankly spine tingling rework of Pete Moss's Strive To Live. An ambient swirl of synths and echoes. Into the mix proper and you've got proper grooving house music. A Fabric series favourite, Richard Davis, pops up again with an electroid funk mix of Repair's Forgive And Forget. In fact a lot of the early tracks on the CD remind me of what you would expect to hear coming from the likes of Ralph Lawson, so its fitting that the 20:20 boys and Bobby Peru pop up themselves on the mix. By the time you're getting on the in the mix, you've got the warped electronic disco of the likes of Michael Mayer to look forward to ... and most likely lose your marbles to.
I was looking forward to this mix when I heard about it purely because it was John Digweed. The Los Angeles GU didn't put me off and I was ready to put my faith in what he could do for the Fabric series. I wasn't disappointed, the music has done the talking and its definitely the most interesting mix I've heard come from the big A list DJs of recent. Yet again, Fabric kicks off a new year with another solid stonking pure house mix. Something else to look forward to each year aside from the usual NYE disappointments. With so many of the series out there, you can add this to the top of your 'wants' list and not be disappointed.