'Fabric 71' Mixed By Cassy Review: Techno Tastemaker Never Skips A Beat
As can be gleaned from the title, "Fabric 71" mixed by Cassy is the latest installment in one of the longest running DJ anthologies. A spin-off of London's super club of the same name, Fabric's series by now is a well established milestone for any DJ, whether he's an overnight sensation, a stalwart veteran, or a pro in full stride like London native Cassy Britton. Like many DJs, Cassy has worked in a record store (Berlin's Hard Wax) and boasts multiple residencies including Output in Brooklyn and Panoramabar in Berlin, so she was clearly due for a crack at the series. The mix kicks off with Diamondancer's spoken word incantation to "Tune in," steadily bubbling the African arrhythmia into a taffy like stretch through Kuumba Project's "Black Thoughts", before deftly dropping into a steady four on the floor beat for Livio Imrprota's "Mare010", and flourishing into the 90s house throwback vibe of Norm Talley's "Tell Me." From tribal house, deep house, and tech house in the first half, the second half turns exponentially harder, darker, into the cosmic techno of Losoul's "Brain of Glass, Emptyset's "Completely Gone," and the warped piano house on Benjamin Damage's "010x". By mix's end, Cassy has taken percussive elements from tribal tracks, swirled them in a centrifuge of hi-hat riddled tech house and spun it all into atmospheric, mind-bending techno without misplacing a single beat. DONT MISS CASSY IN VIBES' "ELECTRONIC EMPRESSES: 20 CHICKS WITH DECKS YOU MUST KNOW Some DJs excel because of their knowledge, some because of their taste, and others because of their technical skill. On Fabric 71, Cassy's knowledge of genres, her taste in plucking out the best in each style, and her ability to seamlessly connect them with clean transitions are in perfect sync for a hip swaying hour that is over too soon. Check out the mini mix below and cop the full comp here.
TRACKLIST: 01 Arttu feat. Diamondancer - Tune In [Clone Royal Oak] 02 Kuumba Project - Black Thoughts (Tribal Mix) [Psychostasia] 03 Livio Imrprota - Mare010 [Housewax] 04 Norm Talley - Tell Me (Late Night Creeper Mix) [Thema] 05 Italo Johnson - A1 [Italo Johnson] 06 Alex Cortex - Oh Yeah [Killekill House Trax] 07 Freestyle Man - Meeting At Dawn [Wazi Wazi] 08 Basic Soul Unit - Basic Necessity [New Kanada] 09 John Talabot - When The Past Was Present (Pachanga Boys Blue Remix) [Permanent Vacation] 10 Basic Soul Unit - For Some [New Kanada] 11 Affie Yusuf - Bring You Techno [Killekill House Trax] 12 Losoul - Brain Of Glass [Playhouse] 13 Marco Zenker - Landwehr [Ilian Tape] 14 Emptyset - Completely Gone [Caravan] 15 Benjamin Damage - 010x [50 Weapons] 16 Adam Marshall - Thelon (Todd Sines Mix) [New Kanada] 17 Duster Valentine - (My Back Is) Against The Wall [Rush Hour] Cassy Tour Dates: August 18 Budapest, Hungary @ Deadcode Festival August 19 Ibiza, Spain @ Circo Loco at DC10 August 22 Paris, France @ Rex Club August 23 Pag Island, Croatia @ Sonus Festival August 24 Amsterdam, Holland @ MysteryLand [NORTH AMERICA TOUR DATES] August 30 New York, NY @ Electric Zoo Festival August 31 Miami Beach, Florida @ Story September 1 El Paso, Texas @ Sun City Music Festival September 5 Ibiza, Spain @ Space September 6 Glasgow, UK @ Tic Tac Toe September 14 Kent, UK @ Hop Farm Festival September 15 Ibiza, Spain @ Ushuaia Beach Club September 21 Milan, Italy @ Amnesia Club September 22 Berlin, Germany @ Panorama Bar September 23 Birmingham, UK @ Circo Loco at DC10 September 25 Birmingham, UK @ Paradise ar DC10 September 28 Liverpool, UK @ Circus Photo Credit: Jimmy Mould