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Posted: 3/12/05 21:13

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You have to go out of your way to hear good dance music. And once you get there, who’s to say what it is you’re even hearing – house, techno, drum and bass? It’s OK not to know; sometimes the DJs don’t either. However, if there’s one name within the electronic music industry that’s establishing a reputation for sheer quality it’s got to be Fabric. London’s Fabric nightclub is revered, and its global reputation has grown thanks to the collection CDs.

 The Fabric CDs feature DJ Mixes, made in studio. They’re some of the most reliably great electronic music CDs out there.

Reliable also because of Fabric’s mail order service, which wings a fabulous new Fabric mix (complete in its own collectible tin) to your doorstep every month at a very reasonable price. End sales pitch...

First and foremost, the Fabric CDs are musically truly amazing, encompassing a wide range of electronic genres from the best in the business. Honest...

As an electronic primer, there’s probably no better resource – it’s part of what makes Fabric’s mail order strategy so ingenious.

For the electronic virgin or for those who do know, Fabric CDs are always different. Only Craig Richards has done two Fabric CDs, which only seems fair since he’s been the club’s stalwart resident DJ since it started. But it’s Fabric’s growing strength as a brand name that transcends the genres – if it’s been playing at Fabric; got to be good no matter what it is.

But amongst the club’s many DJs, there almost seems to be a friendly rivalry going. Every new CD seems like a gauntlet being thrown down, waiting for the next DJ to do one better. The last few have been truly mind-blowing.

Rob Da Bank’s Fabric 24 mix was composed with Ableton’s Live Software – no turntables or CD players. Being solely mixed on a computer, Rob Da Bank’s mix is the model of beat-matched symmetric perfection. But he’s truly maximized the program by melding his disparate musical influences together.

This mix feels like what good DJing should be all about.
Starting off with some Asian-vocal broken beats, Da Bank bounces the mix through minimal techno, trance, African tribal rhythms, electro and ‘80s nu wave-influenced beats.
It’s the kind of mix every artsy dance DJ should aspire to: it covers a lot of territory, its jumps never feel forced and it never loses its groove.

What Rob Da Bank’s mix has on technical excellence, Diplo’s Fabriclive 24 mix has in sheer daring. Going out on not much of a limb, Diplo’s bombastic, brain-melting mix of “hip hop” is going to make dance media top-10 lists for 2005 the world over. While hip hop has fostered stars like Outkast and Ludakris (featured on Diplo’s mix with “B.O.B” and “What’s Your Fantasy?” respectively), FabricLive 24 mix proves hip hop is all about the DJs. And it’s Diplo’s willingness to play everything and hip hop that make him a truly great hip hop DJ.

Diplo strikes the changeups quickly, but deftly – from Plantlife’s soulful “Love 4 the World” to Cybotron techno and into Yaz’s nu wave classic, “Don’t Go.”
But the mix is punchy and eclectic without ever feeling arbitrary, its dance groove never going anywhere. Diplo twists it even harder between crazy Portugese Baile funk, cheesy/catchy old skool electro, Detroit techno, grrlll rock (the dance punk of Le Tigre’s classic “Deceptacon”) and even some ‘80s melancholy courtesy of the Cure.
The whole mix is probably best summed up by Solid Groove’s bass bin killing monster “This Is Sick” – so, so right.
And that’s just two of the CDs! For about 6 Pounds each month, you get a new CD and a bunch of other membership perks as part of FabricFirst, including, according to the website, “A vague sense of belonging.” Wow, think of it … But don’t think too long... 
`Fabriclive´ & `Ibiza - Voice´ are offering a free one-year membership to one reader !

Words by Yuri Wuensch