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Electronic dance music ... all of it!
on 9 March 2004
This release in the Fabric series is special in many ways. It sees the return of Craig Richards at the controls, he who mixed the outstanding first Fabric mix, it sees you getting not one but TWO CDs for your money, plus it sees the Tyrant name attached to the mix even though we are minus Lee Burridge here. A personal mix from the depths of Craig Richards record box, not only are the tunes pieced together with care, but the artwork and packaging has also been designed by Richards. A dab hand at art as well as noises, hes also knocked up the designs for the likes of the Another Late Night series. Enough about that though and onto the music. Naturally you'll head straight to disc 1, within a few minutes you'll notice that this is a very different mix to the previous Tyrant mixes. Where they mined a solid tech house groove, here Richards heads for minimal shuffing clicky tech house. Those who appreciated Michael Mayer's Fabric mix will know whats coming. Experimental house music that sits between being deep (Seafoam's Vibes), being dancefloor (John Shenanigan's Charlies On The Dancefloor), being mindbendingly odd (Luciano and Quenum's rather 'fairground on acid' Orange Mistake) and plain chirpy and ridiculous (Morane's The Trick ... my personal fave!). All is mixed live and with the touch of velvet by Richards, the mix flows smoothly from beginning to end. The selection of tracks will remain timeless for their unique nature.
Now thats where the usual Fabric mix review would end. Here we get an extra bonus in the form of a second disc. Rather than continue the robohouse journey and merely ramping up the tempo, Richards flys around the styles from electronic dub to punky electro house before Chicks On Speed's Frequent Flyer Lounge kicks off a wicked little electro breaks section. The end of the mix drops down back to some downtempo tracks, my favourite being Air Liquide's Knifflige Fraggen. But rather finish on some ambience noodlings, you get brought right back up again with some furious breaks. A real tour de style! Out of the two CDs, this is turning out to be my favourite at the moment, but both are plain fantastic.
Anyone who has bought the Fabric series, or loves electronic music in general needs to have this mix. Its the flagship CD in the series, and setting down new rules in the mix CD market where forward thinking house and mixes are now becoming the future.