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App ‘Breathe Love EP’ Out Now on WetYourSelf!

Wet your Self is a London party that extends the weekend at Fabric, and as a record label they’ve put some time into pushing the kind of house and techno that works well when reality is best put off for a while. here they bring another release out from duo App (who’s Marc Houle remixed ‘All I Can Think About’ also graced the imprint), and whilst their original and the Thomas Muller remixed versions of ‘Breathe Love’ are adequate enough, it’s all about the Fabrizio Maurizi version.

The one time Minus starlet strips everything back to some bare beats and clunking metallic noises, with a gently whirling melody in the background hinting at what’s to come. Whilst never overly spectacular in it’s inception, there’s still enough to hint where it’s heading with the subtle interweaving of the vocal. By the time the atsmphere takes a decidely more interesting twist around the four minute mark Fabrizio has hooked you in with a brilliantly produced clunking rhythm to create one of those records that when dropped by a DJ, really let you know they are in control.

Bonus track falling adds some lovely pads to an impossibly long groove and a pining Dave Gahan esque vocal, but it’s all about the way Maurizi plucks ‘Breathe Love’ from obscurity to near essential territory. Fans of the way Johnny D makes expert usesof meandering vocals and delicately nagging urgent beats will lap this up.

FABRICLIVE 64: Oneman – 30 Min Radio Mix

Another killer Fabric mix; this time a 30 minute teaser form the latest starlet to get to grips with their FabricLIVE compilations Oneman, ahead of him playing for them on Friday August 3rd. Hot.

RAF Daddy Mix for Fabric/Roska

As one half of 2 Bears with Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, RAF Daddy has caught the attention of many in recent times but those in the know will point to his standing as a DJ on the London house/garage scenes of the past few years, not to mention his input on Toddla T’s career. He was part of the line-up for last Friday’s Fabric event curated by hybrid badman Roska, and ahead of the show they got him to fire through this mix, which isn’t particularly long but is good and does kick off with Whitney Houston’s ‘Love Will Save the Day’. Short interview at the original link as well.


The Thin White Duke is back.

After a series of Djing gigs last year, notably at Fabric, Chibuku and the Warehouse Project, he man known to his mother as Stuart Price returns from a lengthy hiatus production wise with this stomer ‘Church’. It liberally borrows from the Justice template of crushing 80s influenced electro (the link is even more pertinent by this video, which simply turns his Jacques lu Cont moniker into a cross), but considering JLC pretty much invented the sound in this guise we can forgive him. And it has that sumptuous trademark bass which defined the Price production template underpinning it all, and a series of euphoric choir esque vocals. This is stadium dance music.

Jacques lu Cont was something of a hero for me at that point where I just started Djing, dragging dance music out of it’s dull age of twelve minute progressive house records by playing Steve Miller Band’s ‘Abracadabra‘ and Depeche Mode’s ‘I just can’t get enough‘ in between a ferocious mix of house, electro and lost and forgotten eighties dance classics. And then there was that Fabriclive mix; no-one had even contemplated dropping Strauss on a mix cd before and it still stands as one of the most revolutionary compilations of it’s time. Seriously, if you haven’t copped that you are missing out on a piece of EDM history.

In a series of dates in Liverpool he defined a certain period of time clubbing in the city, not least in his run of Chibuku shows when the club was just exploding out of his Lemon Lounge infancy. The best of the lot though was in February 2003 at Bugged Out, where him and Erol Alkan (also just at a point where he was tearing up the rulebook of rave), which I still reckon rankles as the best night clubbing I have ever had. He returns to Bugged Out! at Sankeys on February 17th, and plays his own headlined show Reload a day after in London’s XOYO.

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