Scuba, AKA Paul Rose, has mixed fabric 90.
Rose looks to techno on fabric 90, which is due out on October 21st. The Berlin-based producer, whose beginnings are in drum & bass and dubstep, splices together more than 40 tracks on the mix, drawing upon work from Ricardo Villalobos, Donato Dozzy, Pearson Sound and Marco Shuttle. A Ben Klock track from 2006, released on BPitch Control, also makes an appearance.
The announcement arrives almost two weeks on from Islington Council's decision to revoke fabric's license, triggering backlash from right across the electronic music community. A press release sent out with the mix explains that Rose was the last person to play at the club on August 6th, just before it was voluntarily closed by management following the death of two clubbers. Rose will donate all proceeds from the mix to the #saveourculture campaign raising money for fabric's legal costs.
We caught up with Rose for a chat about his new mix.
Obviously this mix comes at at tough time for fabric. What has the club meant to you over the years?
I first went to the club in the few weeks after it opened. As a member of the audience it was a special place for me, especially in Room 2 on Fridays. As a DJ it's been Room 1 on Saturdays that I've really connected with. A key part of my development as a DJ was moving from playing on Fridays to Saturdays, that was an important symbolic step. As DJ booths go, Room 1 is extremely hard to beat and the fact that you're really close to the crowd but also separated by the grille that goes around the booth makes playing there quite a unique DJing experience. It's like being in a spaceship flying through a sea of people.
Do you think the London club can/will recover?
I really hope so. It seems like the reasons behind the closure don't have much to do with the official explanation and I'm optimistic that if the issue is put before a more impartial body then there'll be a favourable outcome.
Was there any specific idea or approach behind the mix?
I've done a lot of studio mixes since my last commercially available CD in 2011 and I've approached them all in the same way I would DJ in a club, which is also how I did my SUB:STANCE and DJ-Kicks CDs. So for this I wanted to do something a bit different, the details of which I don't think it's really necessary to go into. Let's just say it'll be obvious to anyone listening to it that it wasn't done on three decks and a mixer.
Did the club itself influence the direction or sound of the mix?
Not really, and obviously that would've been different had I known what was going to be going on now when I put it together. That said, it's a club mix and fabric is a real club. So it still makes sense I think.
Stream Tallmen785's "Gear Shift."
01.1 Digitaline – Astronauten
01.2 Patrick Cowley – Uhura
02.1 Dense & Pika – Crackling
02.2 DXC - Qua Ðêm
02.3 Justin Cudmore - Crystal (Mike Servito’s 730 Reshape)
03.1 Nathan Melja - Make Rekkurds
03.2 G-Man – Fuchsia
03.3 Exercise One & Donato Dozzy - People Of Paprika
03.4 Dense & Pika - Mooger Fooger
04.1 Regis & Antonym - Simple Radical Practice
04.2 Blursome – Night
05.1 Ben Klock - Point Blank
05.2 Carl Craig - Demented Drums
06.1 Miss Fitz – Menternal (Villalobos In the Pipe Mix)
06.2 Alleged Witches - One Skilled In The Black Arts
007 Isaac Reuben - sas1711
08.1 Eric Cloutier – Palimpsest
08.2 DXC - Sâu s?c
09.1 Kamera - Consignia (Truncate Remix)
09.2 Pearson Sound – XLB
10.1 Donato Dozzy - Quadra Sette
10.2 Glaskin - Ultra Deep Field
11.1 Taylor Deupree - Untitled (Marco Shuttle Remix)
11.2 Surgeon & James Ruskin - Sound Pressure Part 3
12 Isaac Reuben – Echo Pulse
13.1 Literon - Freak Frequency
13.2 Markus Suckut – Symbiosis
14 Tallmen785 - Gear Shift
15.1 Sciahri – Ambiguity
15.2 DXC – R?ng Ðông
16.1 Tessela - With Patsy
16.2 Wrecking Project - S-SONICS
16.3 Gunnar Haslam – Overcomplete
17.1 Scuba – Protean
17.2 Stenny - Consumer's Tool
18.1 Jonas Friedlich - Praise Your Name
18.2 Kloves – Eksibit
19.1 kuf – Konflikt
19.2 Les Gammas - Guauanco (Cinematic Orchestra Remix)
19.3 Midland - Decompression Suite
19.4 Patrick Cowley – Uhura
Fabric Records will release fabric 90 on October 21st, 2016.