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A playlist to demonstrate the the vast catalogue of the Fabric and FabricLive compilation series, which has brought together the most prestigious DJ's/producers of the last twenty years. Techno, house, drum'n'bass, dubstep, breakbeat... All styles are represented in the 200 volumes of the two series, which perfectly illustrate the eclecticism of the famous L...

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Fabric
Four Tet FABRICLIVE 59: Four Tet 00:01:32

Kieran Hebden, Composer, Producer - Four Tet, MainArtist

2011 fabric 2011 fabric

2
Blacklight
Levon Vincent fabric 63: Levon Vincent 00:04:01

Black Jazz Consortium, MainArtist - Fred P, Composer

2012 fabric 2012 fabric

3
Qawwali
Pearson Sound FABRICLIVE 56: Pearson Sound / Ramadanman 00:03:48

Pinch, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

2010 fabric 2010 fabric

4
So Nice Summer Samba (DJ Marky and Xrs Remix)
Fabio FABRICLIVE 10: Fabio 00:03:25

Marcos Valle, Composer - Bebel Gilberto, MainArtist

2003 fabric 2003 fabric

5
Harder, Better Faster, Stronger (The Neptunes Remix)
Bugz in the Attic FABRICLIVE 12: Bugz in the Attic 00:04:50

Edwin Birdsong, Composer - Daft Punk, MainArtist - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Guy Manuel De Homem-Cristo, Composer

2003 fabric 2003 fabric

6
An Ode to Mr Smith
Skream FABRICLIVE 96: Skream 00:03:14

Skream, MainArtist - Oliver Jones, Composer

2017 fabric 2017 fabric

7
International Fires
Shackleton fabric 55: Shackleton 00:04:34

Shackleton, Composer, MainArtist

2010 Fabric Worldwide 2010 Fabric Worldwide

8
Street Halo
Four Tet FABRICLIVE 59: Four Tet 00:05:15

Burial, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

2011 fabric 2011 fabric

9
Trinidad
Apollonia fabric 70: Apollonia 00:04:42

Apollonia, MainArtist - Dyed Soundorom, Composer - Olivier Ducreux, Composer - Dan Ghenacia, Composer

2013 fabric 2013 fabric

10
Easy Lee
Michael Mayer fabric 13: Michael Mayer 00:07:15

Ricardo Villalobos, Composer, MainArtist

2003 fabric 2003 fabric

11
Double-Jointed Sex Freak II
Levon Vincent fabric 63: Levon Vincent 00:05:45

Levon Vincent, Composer, MainArtist

2012 fabric 2012 fabric

12
Silk
Brodinski FABRICLIVE 60: Brodinski 00:03:48

Andrew Ferguson, Composer - Bicep, MainArtist - Matthew McBriar, Composer

2011 fabric 2011 fabric

13
Naïve Reception
Daniel Avery FABRICLIVE 66: Daniel Avery 00:03:56

Daniel Avery, Composer, MainArtist - James Greenwood, Composer

2012 fabric 2012 fabric

14
White Cigarettes
Swayzak fabric 11: Swayzak 00:04:50

Konrad Black, Composer, MainArtist

2003 fabric 2003 fabric

15
Push Push (Original Mix)
Swayzak fabric 11: Swayzak 00:05:37

Rockers Hi-Fi, MainArtist - Glyn Cerig Bush, Composer - Richard Whittingham, Composer

2003 fabric 2003 fabric

16
Pyramid
Four Tet FABRICLIVE 59: Four Tet 00:07:30

Kieran Hebden, Composer, Producer - Four Tet, MainArtist

2011 fabric 2011 fabric

17
Inspiration
Slam fabric 09: Slam 00:06:39

Underground Resistance, MainArtist - Mad Mike, Composer

2003 fabric 2003 fabric

18
I Know You Want Me
Elijah & Skilliam FABRICLIVE 75: Elijah & Skilliam 00:03:41

M. Taylor, Composer - Royal-T, MainArtist

2014 fabric 2014 fabric

19
Twinkle
Elijah & Skilliam FABRICLIVE 75: Elijah & Skilliam 00:03:11

C. Palmer, Composer - Swindle, MainArtist - S. Rose, Composer - Silkie, MainArtist

2014 fabric 2014 fabric

20
Sub Conscious
Erol Alkan FABRICLIVE 77: Erol Alkan 00:06:57

Steve Jones, MixingEngineer - Erol Alkan, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

2014 fabric 2014 fabric

21
In Reverse (Piv)
Mumdance FABRICLIVE 80: Mumdance 00:04:40

J. PARKER, Composer - Mumdance, MainArtist - Logos, MainArtist - J. Adams, Composer

2015 fabric 2014 fabric

22
Double Edge (Pinch Remix)
Emika Double Edge 00:04:10

Emika, Primary

2010 Ninja Tune

23
06 A
Cassy fabric 71: Cassy 00:03:30

ItaloJohnson, Composer, MainArtist

2013 fabric 2013 fabric

24
Repulsive (Marcel Dettmann Edit)
Marcel Dettmann fabric 77: Marcel Dettmann 00:04:48

J. Anderson, Composer - Joey Anderson, MainArtist

2014 fabric 2014 fabric

About Playlist

A playlist to demonstrate the the vast catalogue of the Fabric and FabricLive compilation series, which has brought together the most prestigious DJ's/producers of the last twenty years. Techno, house, drum'n'bass, dubstep, breakbeat... All styles are represented in the 200 volumes of the two series, which perfectly illustrate the eclecticism of the famous London club and label.

Fabric, a British Institution

by Smaël Bouaici

The beating heart of the British electronic scene, label/club Fabric made a name for itself with epic nights out and legendary compilations, which have been a regular fixture in the lives of record stores and lovers of quality music since 1999. Here we take a look back at the history of a truly British institution.

A legendary series of compilations

Weekends in the club are split up into two “theme” nights. Saturdays are Fabric, with Craig Richards offering more of a house and techno line-up. Friday is named FabricLive, for “sound clash" nights that mix up different genres, with ragga, grime, breakbeat, dubstep, drum'n'bass. On the bill for these nights you will see names like David Rodigan, Alix Perez, Chase & Status, Congo Natty, Erol Alkan, Goldie, Groove Armada, Kode9, Loefah and LTJ Bukem. Two years on from the opening night, Fabric and FabricLive were the names chosen for twin series of compilations produced by the club/label. "Not everyone can come to Fabric", explains Geoff Muncey, the former manager of Fabric Records. “So we wanted to set up a series that allowed people to get an idea of what was being played in the club.” The first volume in the Fabric series was therefore compiled by Craig Richards, in 2001. He put together a mix that tells the story of "the tripped-out innocence of a Sunday morning in Room One”. The second volume was the work of Terry Francis, and then two legends came on board: the pioneer of New York house Tony Humphries on Fabric 04 and the legendary BBC DJ John Peel, for FabricLive 07. After them came the first German, Michael Mayer (November 2003, Fabric 13) and the first Frenchman, Ivan Smagghe (July 2005, Fabric 23), joined by compatriots Agoria and Brodinski in 2011 and Apollonia in 2013.

In 2005, FabricLive was entrusted to Diplo, who found acclaim with his debut album Florida on Ninja Tune and his mixtapes Hollertronix, made alongside his colleague DJ Lowbudget. DJ Mag judged this mix "the best representation of Fabric's eclectic approach to dance music”. The artist who would become known as Major Lazer compiled Cybotron, Juan Atkins' first band, Cajmere's Percolator, Aphex Twin, M.I.A., The Cure, the Brazilian baile funk trio Gaiola Das Popozudas and Outkast, blowing the cobwebs out of a lot of ears in the process. Two years later, a third French name made it into this pantheon of English music, but Justice, who had just released their album Cross, flopped miserably. Their tracklist, which included music from Daniel Balavoine and Julien Clerc and Who Loves You by Frankie Valli – hardly cutting edge tracks – was turned down by the British label. Ed Banger would finally post the demo online in 2016, under the name Xmas Mix...

But 2007 was marked above all by Ricardo Villalobos' Fabric 36. Villalobos made an unexpected splash by exclusively including his own works on the compilation, effectively making his mix a solo album. The Chilean explained his decision: "It is all my productions[...] I think you always have to find a new way to introduce your music and present yourself. I chose Fabric because it’s the perfect label for me to do this on. I really prefer for it to be treated like a normal mix, with no hype. Every time you do an album and then you do the next one, people start to compare how the music is different, why you did it on this label and not that label, they try to define it, 'the other album was better,' 'there's no hit like 'Easy Lee' on it'... and so forth. It's exhausting, really." Three years later, in 2010, FabricLive 50 by D-Bridge & Instra:mental recalled the club's essential role in developing drum'n'bass and other breakbeat-based music. Meanwhile, Shackleton followed the Chilean's lead on Fabric 55. Villalobos had judiciously pushed the English dubstep producer into the limelight; he also remixed the Englishman's gripping 19-minute Blood on My Hands. Shackleton served up 22 tracks all of his own, making an 80-minute mix of uncommon intensity. This record proved a landmark in the history of the series, like the fabulous FabricLive59 from Four Tet in 2011, which moved fluidly from Caribou to Villalobos, and from Burial to Floating Points, showing that making a compilation is an art in itself.

2014's FabricLive 75 by Elijah & Skilliam demonstrated the grime scene's fresh vitality. The last few years have allowed Fabric to reward deserving DJs like British Ibiza star Cassy (Fabric 71 in 2013), the Swiss veteran Deetron (Fabric 76 in 2014), the pioneer of the English acid house scene Baby Ford (Fabric 85 in 2015), or the Russian Nina Kraviz, with Fabric 91 in 2016. That year, Fabric seemed to have reached the end of the line, when its license was revoked following the death of two teenagers by overdose that August. But thanks to a massive mobilisation and a 111-track compilation that helped raise funds, the club ended up winning its fight and was able to reopen its doors from 6 January 2017. The releases kept coming: after Fabric 97 by Tale Of Us and 98 from Maceo Plex, the legendary British DJ Sasha was charged with putting out number 99. In 2018, volume 100 of Fabric was concocted by the historic Craig Richards, Terry Francis & Keith Reilly, and issue 100 of FabricLive was put together by the dream duo of Burial and Kode9. This signalled the end of the two series, which were replaced by Fabric Presents, whose first volume, released in April 2019, was the work of Bonobo, who was succeeded by the German veteran Kölsch, New Yorkers Martinez Brothers and the new Belgian star Amelie Lens.

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