A couple of months ago we talked about the CD mixed nº66 by Ben Klock at the legendary Fabric Series. Well today we’re back with the announcement of a new chapter, and this time the one in charge is the producer and londoner deejay Ben Thomson, aka Ben UFO.
Not everyone possesses the talent, care and breadth of taste required to project their personality through other people’s records, or to create narratives which transcend dancefloors; Ben UFO is someone who does. And this is know well in Fabric Records, who assigns their new FabricLive 67 that will be released in January 2013.
Over the years Ben has increased in confidence and proficiency, and in devoting himself to highlighting the shared characteristics between and beyond 2-step garage, dubstep, classic house and techno. Behind the scenes, Ben is one of the three minds behind the critically acclaimed Hessle Audio label, along with Pangaea and Pearson Sound; but it’s his DJing that’s made him a cult favorite over the past two years.
The primary purpose of this FabricLive release is to represent exactly what Ben does as a DJ, and to give him the opportunity to showcase the different aspects of the music that he stands for. Accordingly, it is not a straightforward mix of house, bass music or techno; neither is it filled with exclusives or unreleased material. It is an indicator of where we are at and where we have come from, and a statement of intent. It is a considered and highly textured mix consisting of 28 tracks and traversing multiple styles. Now we stop to remember one of his previous works, his Rinse mix CD.
Fabriclive 67 is his second commercial mix, after his Rinse compilation from last year. It shows his trademark style in full effect, with weird new tracks (Mix Mup, Kyle Hall and Kero), old classics (Mr. Fingers) and plenty of selections from the Hessle Audio family (Elgato, Pangaea, Pearson Sound and Bandshell).
And the result is a unusual, penetrating and captivating mix CD, emerging from the moody introversion of Mix Mup’s Dub, the mix starts in earnest with an aggressively distorted cut from Delroy Edwards, which bleeds into the off-kilter rhythms and sub-bass intensity of an exclusive Raw Code from Pev & Kowton. From there we’re thrown into the bizarre future-tribal world of DJ Sotofett remixing Tim Love Lee’s The Tortoise and onwards through tracks and decades, as Chicago Skyway’s It’s OK combines with K-Hand, Fluxion, Jam City, Pearson Sound and Mr. Fingers. 100% recommended.
- Mix Mup – Dub [Mikrodisko]
- Delroy Edwards – Feelings [L.I.E.S.]
- Pev & Kowton – Raw Code [unreleased]
- Tim ‘Love’ Lee – The Tortoise (Sex Tags NYC Mix) [Tummy Touch]
- Elgato – Zone [Hessle Audio]
- Gesloten Cirkel – Twisted Balloon [Murder Capital]
- Chicago Skyway – It’s OK [Eargasmic]
- K Hand – Project 5 (Untitled B1) [Acacia]
- Fluxion – Pendoulous [Chain Reaction]
- Minimal Man – Consexual [Guerilla]
- Jam City – Club Thanz [Night Slugs]
- Herbert – Take Me Back [Accidental]
- Lowtec – Looser [Nonplus]
- Pearson Sound – Clutch [Hessle Audio]
- Mr. Fingers – I’m Strong (Instrumental) [Alleviated]
- Shackleton vs Kasai Allstars – Mukuba Special [Crammed]
- Kyle Hall and Kero – Zug Island [Wild Oats]
- Circuit Breaker – Ping [Plus 8]
- Osborne – Bout Ready to Jak (Shake Remix) [Spectral Sound]
- Juniper – Jovian Planet [Ominira]
- A Made Up Sound – Malfunction (Despair) [50WEAPONS]
- Grain – Untitled [FatCat]
- Bandshell – Perc [Liberation Technologies]
- Blawan – And Both His Sons [Hinge Finger]
- Pangaea – Release [Hessle Audio]
- Joe – Studio Power On [Hemlock]
- Floating Points – Danger (Locked Groove) [Eglo]
- Grown Folk x Main Attrakionz – I.C.E. (Kuedo Remix) [Templar Sound]