V/A – fabric Selects I

A superb cross-section of electronic innovation...

Fabric Originals – the new flagship label from defining club entity fabric – has already staked its claim as one of 2022’s most exciting new imprints. The label works alongside the revered fabric presents mix series, and sister label Houndstooth, the project welcomes a plethora of artists to elevate global club culture.

Despite being only three releases into their catalogue the label has already welcomed dance icons Eris Drew & Octo Octa, DJ Bone and Helena Hauff. They’ve managed to embody the fabric ethos, elevating rising talent alongside the stars of the present. Their latest sonic installation is fabric Selects I, a compilation featuring some of the most exciting emerging underground producers around. Spanning across a twelve compilation that sees some of the world’s most established producers and selectors join forces with emerging names in the underground scene.

The compilation boasts an impressive roster of artists, including Bambounou, Air Max ‘97, DJ Mell G and Manni Dee. The genre-defying release sees each producer coming in with their own unique sound, often leaning slightly away from the music you’d typically discover on their existing discography.

Techno producer Adeil features on the compilation with track ‘Outer Space’, propelling listeners to celestial heights, fluctuating between euphoric arpeggios and spacious pads. The Italian producer further cements her reputation of sending ravers to dizzy heights present in her famed Goa Ultrabeat parties in Rome, as well as her long standing label Danza Tribale.

Manni Dee’s ‘Heartbreaker’ is a full-throttle track that will no doubt captivate clubbers. Manni Dee wields chaos in the palm of his hands with a masterful track that perfectly tempers chest-rattling kicks, with hypnotic vocals. The track is infectious with a looping vocal and devastating groove that lives long in the memory.  

Bambounou’s ‘In Depth Beauty Routine’ is a reflection of the vast sonic landscape he operates, never shy to traverse through genres in search of new sounds. His alloyed French-Malian-Polish background has grown him a strong backbone of musical independence, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn of his love of astrophysics and dystopian sci-fi which are wholeheartedly embedded in his futuristic soundscapes.

Tommy Four Seven blesses the compilation with a flawless contribution for the dancefloor faithful. Whilst he is championed for cultivating a production style that lends itself to a multitude of genres, ‘Disrupt’ is a no-nonsense techno track that highlights why he has continued to make his mark in music for over twenty years. Meanwhile, Quelza’s ‘Proteins Chord’ is a brooding addition, situation at the A-Side of the compilation, perfectly tempering what’s about to come. 

Sydney selector Oliver van der Lugy, aka producer Airmax 97’ once again blesses listeners with a truly unique release that matches his reputation of creating, in his own words ‘Oblique club trax’. The track sends listeners into a frantic dervish of sounds, put simply by the man himself there is ‘no focus on genre(not a phone in sight), just a fluid sequence of music written for the dancefloor(just people in the moment). 

DJ Mell G’s ‘nothing but filth’ does what it says on the tin, harping up imagery of sweat-soaked basements, a war-cry for the weekend. Her involvement in this compilation is one of many incredible milestones whether it be captivating thousands on HÖR Radio during lockdown, whilst launching her incredible label and party Juicy Gang Records.

Much like the club, the label has an ability to combine with underground artists to create a truly unique sonic output that captivates a global audience. The direction each artist takes is a reflection on the longstanding fabric ethos, combining world-famous producers, with underground prodigies. Long live Fabric.

8/10

Words: Josh Crowe

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