If you believe that drum & bass is dying a slow death, you certainly can't blame Fabric for any of it. Pretty much every Friday night you can find at least one d n' b act within the friendly confines of the London super-club. As a label however, is how Fabric really pushes the iconic genre to the masses. Aside from a stretch of 18 releases in which only High Contrast made a contribution, there has consistently been PURE drum and bass mixes popping up throughout it's prestigious catalogue.
And while the label can be accused of, at times, bringing out the worst in its commissions, the same certainly can not be said about the recent string of d n' b mixes that have come out of the Fabric camp. We have had Marcus Intalex's brilliant and soulful 35, Noisia's groundbreaking 40, Commix's beautifully sublime 44, LJT Bukem's vintage sounding 46, Zero T's eclectic 52, d Bridge & Intra:mental's ephemeral Autonomic sound of 50, DJ Marky's lovable 55 and Goldie's broad scoped 58.
For those who don't know who Kasra is, he runs arguably the best drum and bass label going right now, Critical Records. Along with Shogun Audio, Exit and Metalheadz, Critical Records have helped redefine the genre and elevate it back into respectability. The track listing for FabricLive 62 has arrived, via RA, and it looks like a doozy. It reads like a modern d n' b hall of fame. Dubplates and VIPs are abundant, as well as several forthcoming Critical tracks.
Pretty much everyone is here, Rockwell, Break, Phace, Noisia, Enei, Hybris, S.P.Y., Commix, Icicle, Klute, Sabre, Jubei and Alix Perez. Not surprisingly there are 29 tracks to feast upon, because that's almost always how d n' b DJs like it. The release date is penciled for March.
01. Rockwell - Underpass (Alix Perez VIP)
02. Foreign Concept - Detuned Souls
03. Dub Phizix - Handmade
04. Phace & Noisia - Micro Organism
05. Hybris - The Cleaner VIP
06. Sabre, Stray & Halogenix feat. Frank Carter III - Oblique VIP
07. Mortem - Uprising
08. Alix Perez - Myriads (Jubei Remix)
09. Break - Soundwaves
10. Judda - Pressure Plate VIP
11. Dub Phizix - Codec
12. Hybris - Make My Drink
13. Kasra & Enei - So Real
14. Enei - Machines
15. Enei & MC DRS - Obsession (Foreign Concept Remix)
16. Bladerunner - Back To The Jungle VIP
17. S.P.Y. - New Beginning VIP
18. Phace & Noisia - MPD
19. Foreign Concept - Mob Justice (Enei Remix)
20. Commix - Version
21. Klute - We R The Ones (Ulterior Motive Remix)
22. Xtrah - Regain Control
23. Icicle & Rockwell - Resources
24. June Miller & Proxima - Killswitch Engage
25. MC DRS feat. Enei - Count To Ten
26. Mark System - Pursuit
27. Mikal & Break - Play This Game
28. Enei & Riya - No Fear (Spectrasoul Remix)29. Stray - Timbre VIP