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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.
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on 18 March 2004
I can't write as lengthily nor as well as dj_widge on this one but I will second the opinion that this represents yet another class release from Fabric. With one exception (the insipid Fabio mix) this series has really delivered the goods and continues to do so. First listen to this mix from Richards was actually a little disappointing but like all the music that endures in my CD player it's a grower. I'm getting a bit tired of saying this about Fabric releases but - just buy it you won't regret it.
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on 11 August 2005
After having bought the second Tyrant CD, "No Shoes No Cake", which literally blew me away as being one of the the finest House mixes I have ever listened to, I have to admit I was massively dissappointed with this album. Ok, so Craig is trying something new, which is commendable as opposed to treading over the same ground; but for the life of me I can't make up my mind if this mix is simply very over indulgent or too minimalist and cerebral in style for me to form anything other than a vague mental appreciation of.
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on 9 August 2009
the main review by dj-whidge is pretty much definitive of this Dbl cd mix from original Fabric resident sat night dj Craig Richards. ive been to Fabric ( ooo- quite a few years back + yes its a great club+ soundsystem but i digress..) and yes this Tyrant cd from 2004 (mr.R on solo mixing) is really spot-on. i thought i'd give this a go as not normally a big minimal tech-house fan (i like some of andy weatherall's mixes tho etc) but this is really TOP-NOTCH. the two mixes on the cd s really take ther listener somewhere , have a pretty dark, sexy + minimal (no overblown peak time big club tunes here) funky tech groove on cd 1 and cd 2 is even better i think with a wider range of tech-house beats+styles to get yr ears around.

GREAT dj mixes to had here. highly reccomended .
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on 14 May 2011
Ignore the ignoronce of some of the other reviews here
both cd's are landmark afairs.
Cd one takes us down the minimal techno route, but its cd 2 where this really shines
proper electro here from labels that really reflect what had been happening on the scene
at the time. Not everyones cup of tea indeed HOWEVER IF your into actuall proper electro
and not the false electro house clash noise, you will love this cd deep cerebral and doing
what proper electo aught too be doing....
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on 28 January 2011
unlistenable generic dance house music of absolutely no individual appeal

no wonder the club scene of the time spawned a generation of chemical users....you need to be well out of your plane to find this stuff bearable.
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