Fabric 64: Guy Gerber
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Guy Gerber has taken an exceptional approach to the latest edition of the fabric series, producing sixteen new tracks--including collaborations with a number of other talented producers--to carefully craft his own story.
Guy Gerber is notorious in electronic music for being a maverick. Both within genres and musical collectives, the Israeli likes to keep his toes in many musical worlds. From his mysterious 11:11 project to his adventurous and high kudos Supplement Facts label, Gerber’s greatest fear would be to be pigeonholed.
Equipped with a sound that is dreamy and layered with emotion, his productions take in his early rock influences such as Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine and his live set was voted one of Resident Advisor's top 10 acts of the year. Since releasing albums on Cocoon and Bedrock, his own productions have become rarer as his tour schedule fills up. This makes this collection of new material highly anticipated.
Top Customer Reviews
I decided this would be well worth the gamble; after all, how often is it that Gerber's records feature on other DJ's mixes and his productions are among the outstanding moments of their sets? Not rarely, that's for sure. So a set of nearly pure Gerber from start to finish could either show just how consistently good he is, or that possibly that he's more hit an miss than his frequent appearence on other tracklists would suggest. The outcome is a pleasing one.. Guy's deep, soulful prog sound is complemented by his eye for constructing a fluid, smooth set by ordering the tracks just right. The set's feel is not at all dissimular to Sasha's groundbreaking Involver series, in particular involver 2.
The tune of the album for me is 'The Golden Sun and The Silver Moon', which has a trully infectious melody accompanied by echoing male vocals, a little reminiscent of UNKLE's productions. Another favourite would be the rhythmic 'One Day in May' which just oozes class. I've opted to give this fabric 4 (or perhaps 4.5) rather than 5 stars because I felt it just lost my interest a little in a patch nearing it's close, and perhaps it needed a touch more variety in it's mid-late stages. Still, I'd definitely recommend this album to any fan of Sasha, Digweed or Nick Warren, or any other true prog-head out there, for Gerber really is in their premier division as a producer and DJ.
Verdict: 4.5 stars.
Tracks 3 and 7 are the highlights for me, but it does a disservice to the rest of the album to single them out at the expense of the rest. The fact it was written by Guy alone in such a short space of time gives the mix a seamless quality, while bringing you out in an idiotic grin / screwed up "that's cool" face at regular intervals.
Please, please, buy it!
On my first listen I was quite impressed with these new tracks and there were a few hairs on the back of the neck moments during the 'A Blade Through my Piano' and 'One day in May'. This immediately had me a bit worried as typically it takes me a few listens to really get into a mix CD and feel that I fully appreciate it so I was worried this was going to be one of those mixes to forget.
However on repeat listens it just gets better and better. The basslines, haunting vocals and melodies come together in a beautiful silky mix that has enough variation to stop you getting bored and keep you interested while blended together in a way that you aren't aware the tracks are changing.
Is it house? Is it techno? Is it prog? Who cares! It's just fantastic electonic music, skillfully put together.
I think this the best commercially available mix I have bought since the Joris Voorn Balance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent example of a deep melodic base tech program record......one of the best comps of a DJs own work in a while.......Published on 29 Dec. 2013 by Robbie M
Very rarely have I put a CD on for the first time and been absolutely hooked from the first track until the last. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2013 by GregWhelan
This was recommended to me by a good friend. For someone getting into the dance world this sets the stalls high.... Get involvedPublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by dan liddle
My God....this is simply off the charts - been listening to it continuously. Synthy cosmic techno. A contemporary classic. Just buy it.Published on 27 July 2012 by Brian Price