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Compilations - Issue 583

fabric 99: Sasha

Sasha

fabric 99: Sasha

fabric
7.0
In certain quarters, the news that Sasha was to mix the second-to-last edition of fabric’s long-running compilation series was greeted with the same rapture as the second coming. Both DJ and club elicit almost religious fervour in their disciples, after all. Sasha was once dubbed ‘the Son of God’, although fabric was the one actually raised from the dead after a campaign from its followers helped save its licence in 2016. Another thing that’s been resurrected – or at least rehabilitated – recently is progressive house, the sound for which Sasha was the mid-‘90s poster boy. But while Bicep are taking inspiration from Sasha’s seminal ‘Northern Exposure’ mixes with John Digweed, he isn’t recycling the same style himself. ‘fabric 99’ largely follows a slow and moody techno path with tracks from DJ Hell, Crowdpleaser and Sash himself making the mix as trippy as the 4am dancefloor moments it’s designed to evoke, while still finding space for the breakbeats of Objekt’s ‘Needle and Thread’ and a remix of Carl Craig’s classic ‘At Les’. Impressive as Sasha’s mixing and selection is, he isn’t quite working miracles here, but his ability to constantly evolve his sound while balancing solid underground credentials with a superstar profile is still a spectacular trick.
Paul Clarke
DJ Pierre presents Acid 88 Vol. 2

Various

DJ Pierre presents Acid 88 Vol. 2

Afro Acid

The acid never lies...
8.0
One cannot deny the awesomeness of a well-placed, squelchy 303 bassline, and acid house pioneer DJ Pierre has been at the forefront of this for decades between his solo projects and work as one half of Phuture with his late musical partner, DJ Spank. This compilation is the second in a series that debuted over Record Store Day, and it nods to acid house’s past, present and future with contributions from a diverse range of musicians interpreting what the 303 means to them. Highlights include Bloody Mary and Hardfloor’s high-octane offerings, as well as Luke Vibert’s slightly wonky, leftfield production. DJ Pierre also releases a new track as Phuture, in memory of DJ Spank, and it’s every bit as demonic, spiraling and jacking as the genre that he’s helped to craft over the years.
Zara Wladawsky
The Sound of Love International 001

Various

The Sound of Love International 001

Love International Recordings

Sturdy coastal dub
9.0
Serious Adriatic vibes permeate this first compilation from Croatia's magnificently curated Love International festival, produced in cahoots with online balearic bible Test Pressing. Ben Williams, aka Gatto Fritto, is the selector, bringing together an embarrassment of riches and obscurities, which when listened to in the suggested sequence will whip you into a frenzy of fist-pumping delight. Based around the tracks he played at his last two sets at the festival's open air club Barbarella's, a thick seam of dub runs through almost every track here, from Sonny Okosun's trance-inducing ‘Highlife’ to Joe Ariwa's frisky ‘King Moses’. Soon enough, the bleeps take control, with moody selections like Code's ‘Parsifal’ and the deep, dark breaks of ‘Rainbow Bridge’ from the majestic Black Dog. It's stunning stuff. And if all that wasn't enough, the cover is an understated work of art.
Ben Arnold