It’s about time!
The last drum & bass edition in Fabric’s ever-collectable, unstoppable Fabriclive mix series was exactly a year ago with Calyx & TeeBee. While the hugely influential London club usually serves up two, or sometimes three, a year, we’ve been seriously longed out in the last 12 months…. But they’re making up for lost time in a major way.
Following in the footsteps of Goldie, Marky, Friction, Calibre, Hazard, Kasra, Noisia and loads more, next month Ed Rush & Optical will add their hugely distinctive stamp to the series. And it’s a nothing short of a techy D&B hurricane. Fabriclive 82 sees the London duo slam, squeeze and slap 39 tracks from the likes of Phace, Spor, DC Breaks, Audio, Noisia, State Of Mind, Mefjus into 70 minutes of controlled chaos.
“When Fabric first came along, the incredible sound system blew me away, and it was really exciting and flattering to be part of that from the early days. And even now there is nothing else to contest it, it’s incredible to look at the track record and how long it’s been going for – you just can’t f**k with that, it’s unreal!” state the duo. “The mix is a selection of what we play at the moment and the way we play it – fast, furious and highly energetic! It’s a good representation of all of the amazing music and talent that is in our scene at the moment.”
Amen to that. For proof of this clean bill of health, just peep at the tracklist right at the bottom of this article. It’s A LOT tastier than the strange honeyed pig’s head artwork Fabric have created for this album.
Fabriclive 82: Ed Rush & Optical isn’t out until July 24 so we’ve still got another month to wait. In the meantime, here are three killer mixes from the Virus Records bossmen through the ages; including a seminal 1999 Essential Mix that was created in the wake of their truly scene-shaping album Wormhole.
(Image credit: Jimmy Mould)