After breakbeat, house and techno in Block Rocking Beats Part I, Chen Mian Kuang recommends some dubstep, drum and bass, and electro from fabric’s extensive catalogue.
MARTYN — “fabric 50”
Originally riding the wave of dubstep popularity, Martyn has now sailed into stranger seas where genre classifications have no foothold.
Starting with the Princey “Joy Fantastic” of Hudson Mohawke, this Dutchman invites you to party like it’s 1999. He moves onto the Samba house of Louis Benedetti’s mix of Alec Wizz’s “Drummin” and Nubian Mindz’s “Bossa Boogie”, before indulging in European minimal techno (Deepgroove and Jamie Anderson’s “The Clock” as mixed by Ben Klock), Detroit techno (DJ Bone’s “We Control The Beat”) and his own reggae dubstep mix of Detachments’ “Circles”. The bpm slows down to the quiet trip hop of Cooly G’s “Feeling You”, like a voyage entering into the eye of the storm.
He’s not even half done and I’ve run out of labels to describe the remaining tracks. They’re not only indescribable; they’re indescribably good! Despite traversing a multitude of genres, the mix is as smooth as a baby’s bottom, which is no easy feat.
This is the future sound of electronica.
D-BRIDGE & INSTRA:MENTAL PRESENT AUTONOMIC — “FABRICLIVE 50”
D-Bridge and Instra:mental are three English DJs cum producers who have gained underground notoriety for their experimental and soulful take on drum and bass. Eschewing speed and atonal repetition for atmospherics and melody, they are currently one of the leading forces in resuscitating d n b and widening its appeal.
The highlights in this mix includes the ballad paced Stray’s “Pushed” and Dan Habarman’s “Nu Este Roz”, futuristic vocal R & B in Instra:mental’s “Watching You”, and post apocalyptic sci fi horror soundtrack in Consequence’s “11 Circles”.
This mix is guaranteed to radically change your perception of what drum and bass is.
RADIOACTIVE MAN — “fabric 08”
Radioactive Man is the superhero alias of Keith Tenniswood, a London based DJ and music producer who has been actively making electro records for more than a decade.
Electro music largely falls within two groups — (a) “pure” electro, which is in turn sub-divided into forward looking (dark sci-fi) or 80’s influenced (think early Prince); and (b) “hybrid” electro, eg. techno electro (Boyz Noize), electroclash (Fisherspooner), electro house (Swedish House Mafia).
Both groups are represented in this mix.
Thrill to bottomless bass drums in Sweetie’s “Touch Me” and cold sterile robotic beats in Imatran Volma’s “In / Out”. Jerk like an electrified monkey to the powerful breakbeats of Koma + Bone’s “Powercut”. Open yourself to the caressing sweeps of growling synth bass lines in Tim Wright’s remix of Radioactive Man’s “Ave That”, and you can almost imagine it coming from an orchestra of empty stomachs. And get down and nasty to Princess Superstar’s provocative dirty grrl rap in “F**k Me On The Dancefloor”.
Mian‘s favourite musician is Lord Bobo. His Supreme Eminenceness is well known for his ability to play a total of 25 instruments, and to compose, perform, and produce albums all by himself. A veritable one-manmonkeyband (some say control freak), his career started its meteoric rise in the mid eighties with the release of his soundtrack to a movie starring him and the babelicious Apollonia Kotero. His songs about smooching, velvet rain and crying birds are considered modern classics. Waitaminit! Is His Supreme Eminenceness the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As…?
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