In January it’s typically easy to tag an artist’s new release as their “first track of the year.” But for UK electronic consummate Bonobo, “Ibrik” is his first original release in nearly two years. It’s not just the release of new material, though, as the single’s release through fabric Worldwide is the just the start of Bonobo’s endeavors in 2019. As London’s leading nightclub, fabric will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a slew of fabric XX events and an extensive revival of its Fabric Presents mix series. Fabric Presents is the next generation of its infamous FabricLiveseries, in which artists contribute both new music for individual single release, as well as releasing a mix in full.
Bonobo will both perform at such events and be apart of the mix series, kicking things off with “Ibrik.” It’s beautiful, melodic downtempo in true Bonobo form, ready to leave fans to impatiently wait for the impending full project.
2019 marks the 20th anniversary for Fabric, one of London’s premiere nightclubs. In the English capital, Fabric acts as a central hub for dance music, bringing in locals and international fans alike. Those who are following the club’s endeavors may have noticed a recent but brief blackout, as they boarded up the space, repainted, and went dark on social media. In light of the anniversary, Fabric posted the new announcement on their website:
“In 2019 we celebrate our 20th anniversary, and while to many this would present an opportunity to reflect on the past, we see it as an important opportunity to look to the future.”
Looking toward the future includes a loaded schedule for their fabric XX event series, with “20 special parties” to look forward to. Phase one of the series includes techno favorites Lee Burridge, John Digweed, Martinez Brothers, and more, all slated to play extended sets “for up to 10 hours.” Tickets for all fabric XX dates are available on Resident Advisor.
In addition to some new London residents, they’re also launching a quarterly mix series “fabric presents,” with the first edition featuring English DJ Bonobo (also featured on their fabric XX lineup).
Lastly, their brand will hit two of the cities major festivals (not yet named) and will return to Barcelona’s OFF Week. More announcements will be coming via their website.
“We want to say thank you to everyone that’s been part of this journey over the past two decades. So much of the world surrounding us has changed in this timespan, but your love for us has always been unparalleled. From the celebratory times to our most challenging moments, it’s your support that’s built our legacy.”
It’s a Fabric family affair on Fabric 100, the final Fabric mix CD slated for release. Fabric residents Craig Richard and Terry Francis will convene with the venue’s cofounder Keith Reilly for the production, due out on October 26. The Fabric 100 compilation represents Reilly’s inaugural contribution to the long-standing mix series, despite Reilly’s storied involvement with Fabric since the club’s inception in 1999.
The three-CD offering will mark Richards’ third showing of the series, and Francis’ second. Both Richards and Francis have remained Fabric fixtures for years, joining the club as Saturday evening residents just after Fabric’s opening. Richards crafts an “electro-infused trip that traces its way through little-known tracks from his contemporaries” on his individual CD, while Reilly proffers “upbeat soulful moving house.” Francis closes out the three-pronged initiative with a meld of “techno” and “experimental sounds.”
See the full “Fabric 100” track listings:
01. Monolake – Nmos
02. Alphacom – Journal Square
03. Solar X Brother Nebula – S.I.S. (Savile’s Jetset Radio Remix)
04. Setaoc Mass – Flying Buttress
05. D. Ball – Transition
06. Larry McCormick – Ride Low
07. Simulant – New Machines
08. The Woodleigh Research Facility – The Question Oak
09. Rutherford – Pseudo Judo
10. Reedale Rise – Lucid Flow
11. Craig Richards – My Friend Is Losing His Mind
12. Fred und Luna – Monotonikum
13. Nancy Noise – Azizi’s Dance (Andrew Weatherall Remix 1)
14. Reade Truth – Where Has Love Gone
15. Simon Haydo – Obey?
16. DMX Krew – Bush Baby Bug Eyes
17. Detromental – Rewind
18. Mike Ash – The Fizz
19. Vectorvision vs Convextion – Zy Clone
20. Orgue Electronique – Suck Seed
01. Patrick Di Stefano & Luca Doobie – Get Through (Inxec Remix)
02. Jamie Fairley – Round ‘n’ Round
03. Jose Vizcaino – Vicious Vision
04. Joeski – Cross Over feat. Jesante
05. Audiojack – Turya
06. Gel Abril – Carpet Sneak
07. Mauri Fly – Red Tribal (Silvano Del Gado Remix)
08. Blue Wig – No Ignorance (Part 1)
09. Pure Science – The Way We Use To
10. Argy – Love Dose
11. Kevin Yost – Dancer Dancer
12. Andre Salmon – Where Is The Salmon
13. Francesco Robustelli – After Midnight
14. Jaded & James Petrou – Toni’s Pain (INXEC’s Morphine mashup)
15. Terry Francis – Wipeout
16. Tiefschwartz – Oberton
17. Terry Francis – Emotional Blackmail
18. Funtopia feat. Jimi Polo – Do You Wanna Know (Club Mix)
19. Creep Show – Safe And Sound
01. Vondelpark – California Analog Dream (Robag’s Moppa Habax NB)
02. Alex Attias Presents Mustang – Finding Who We Are feat. Colonel Red (Quarion Dub)
03. SIOPIS – Really Love Ya
04. Taube – Belle La Vie
05. Low Deep T – Casablanca
06. Eddie Richards & Gideon Jackson – Biscuit Barrel Blues
07. Eddie Richards – Droids
08. Rancido – Devil’s Den
09. Hanna Haïs feat. Sandra Nankoma – Mwala Wei’ka (Original Mix)
10. Hyenah – Tale Of The Dirt feat. Aquarius Heaven (Rampa Remix)
11. Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Ordinary (Mick Rubins Deep)
Fabric thinks past festival season in their announcement of their 2018 fall/winter Saturday lineups. The crown jewel of club nights, Saturdays at Fabric will see underground acts like Seth Troxler, Joseph Capriati, Craig Richards, I Hate Models, and more appear across the London nightclub’s various rooms.
The newly unveiled 2018 schedule commences with Craig Richards and Prosumer in Fabric’s main room, and a Mike Servito and Magda b2b in the club’s second room on October 13.
From then on, the Fabric momentum will remain in full swing, with Seth Troxler and Craig Richards slated to perform as a part of Richards’ Collisions night on December 1. KiNK will also return for a live set on November 10 with Ryan Elliot. Luke Slater, Veronica Vasicka, and many more ornament Fabric’s extensive fall/winter lineup, accessible here.
“Fabric has been such an inspiration and home to so many brilliant memories for thousands of clubbers, myself included. It will be an honour and a privilege to rave with our families on its dancefloors,” gushed Hannah Saunders of Big Fish Little Fish, an organization has been throwing family-friendly raves for the past five years. Saunders is of course referring to her company’s partnership with the legendary Fabric nightclub, which will play host to its very first G-rated event September 30.
The event will be curated by drum ‘n’ bass mainstay Hospital Records, with artists like London Elektricity, BCee, and Chris Inperspective all taking over the decks in the main room. Fabric’s adored residents Terry Francis and Jacob Husley are also joining in on the fun. Proceedings will take place during kid friendly hours, from 2-4pm, and guarantees that all WHO guidelines will be followed in order to ensure the safest clubbing environment for all.
Italian techno stalwarts Tale of Us — Armine Conte and Matteo Milleri — officially released their long anticipated mix for London’s seminal Fabric Nightclub. With duo’s roots in Fabric dating back to the most nascent stage of their career, they were an obvious act to chart for the mix series.
“Our techno sound has a certain amount of melody and melancholy” explain the group. “The music we produce and play will always have this. We just like a bit of drama.”
The aforementioned drama has garnered Tale of Us the praise of techno critics and fanatics alike and, at a point of culmination in their storied career as artists, the mix at hand serves as a finale of sorts. The moody, theatric compilation features the expansive soundscapes of Patrice Bäumel, DJ Koze, Fur Coat, Adriatique, and Tale of Us themselves, only to name a few.
Tale of Us will be celebrating the launch at a daytime party on Sunday 25th February, with an extended, all-day-long set.
Tale Of Us has revealed their rousing new track “Error Error,” ahead of its official release on the duo’s fabric 97 compilation. An ace representation of the duo’s paradigmatic marriage of melody and melancholy, “Error Error” cements the pensive virtuosos’ stirring brand of techno, in both harrowing synths and an awakening baseline.
fabric 97 will see that the Italian vanguards continue to build on their mushrooming reputation in its 13 exclusive tracks. Both Afterlife label regulars and up-and-coming acts will be featured in the promising showcase that Tale Of Us will bring on the compilation.
New Jersey-based house music pioneer Dennis Ferrer is set to make his debut at London’s fabled fabric Nightclub on Saturday, Feb 10. The Objektivity founder comes off a strong year in 2017, with his release of Damian Lazarus’ “Fly Away” reaching No. 2 on Beatport’s house charts. Ferrer’s Objektivity label continues to unearth and mentor some of the world’s most acclaimed underground talents such as Andre Hommen, Nasser Baker and CJ Jeff. The label is celebrating its 12th year of releasing “intelligent music for intelligent people.”
In addition to announcing his fabric debut, Ferrer has revealed a collaborative project with UK dubstep pioneer-turned-techno stalwart Skream. The project, dubbed Local Heroes, will see the duo flock to a number of global performances in back-to-back fashion, starting in the UK. The mission of the project is to pay homage to each city’s most authentic underground DJs, with Ferrer and Skream hand-picking a plethora of support for each date.
House and techno fanatics can expect back-to-back action at the performances, as well as a number of collaborative releases by Ferrer and Skream under their collaborative moniker, with first already scheduled to drop on Objektivity in early 2018, called “Old Yella.”
Ferrer’s next chapter in his ongoing relationship with the UK underground is primed to be the most exciting one yet. Skream is set to release his FabricLive 96 mix on Jan. 19.
Following the recent release of their Endless remix package, the beloved techno titans Tale Of Us are set to mix fabric 97 — out February 16, 2018.
Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri rose in the techno reigns with their early sets in the club, making Tale Of Us a natural choice of the seminal mix series.
Near half of the tracks on the new mix are exclusive to the compilation, which is set to include unreleased tracks from Afterlife label regulars and upcoming acts. Tale Of Us’ fabric 97 mix promises to be an emotive showcase dictating the duo’s rise. An exclusive from the two will also be served up near the mix’s end, entitled “Error Error.”
Having a keen knack for the synthesis of brooding and blistering techno, fabric 97 will undoubtedly be a fluid tale of the two simultaneously cementing their reputation and hinting the best is yet to come.
Tracklist: 1. Tom Flynn – Cup Of Joe 2. Recondite – Saudade 3. Trikk – Metala 4. Agents Of Time – Ness 5. Mind Against & Aether – Covenant 6. Pisetzky – Bawas 7. Efdemin – There Will Be Singing (DJ Koze Remix) 8. Reference – Ghetto Nebula 9. Mario Canal – Faint Light 10. Fideles – Resonant 11. Patrice Bäumel – The Hatchet 12. Mathame – Lifetime 13. Denis Horvat – 4th Wall 14. Brian Cid – Plot Thickens 15. Fur Coat – Spiral 16. Adana Twins – Sequenze 01 17. Soulholic & 7Options – Memorial Day 18. Kevin De Vries – Path To Immortality 19. Tale Of Us – Error Error 20. Adriatique – Ray
fabric will release fabric 97 on February 16, 2018.
It has long been said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but in a country infamous for its copy and paste pop culture, it seems things have been taken to an entirely new level.
Just last week, Dutch DJ and promoter Bram van Ravenhorst — aka Blind ’92 — who operates an underground club called Echo Bay in Chongqing, China spotted a familiar sign in the country. Unfortunately, Ravenhorst came to find that the city’s “FABRIC” also boasts a logo nearly identical to the one used by the iconic London institution of the same name. He captured the image below.
According to Mixmag Asia, it seems the nightclub’s name and logo are the only similarities, as the Fabric knockoff boasts commercial EDM and house music, as well as China’s “sexy girls dancing.”
Having opened in 1999, the storied London Fabric is one of the most well-respected and well-known underground music institutions in the world. Undoubtedly, the global dance music community will have its opinions of the counterfeit institution, but one thing’s for sure, nothing will ever compare to the original.