Pinch - FabricLive.61

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  • The theory of "accent convergence" holds that, when two like minds meet, they subconsciously downplay the differences in their speech. Something similar seemed to be happening musically on last year's Pinch and Shackleton album. There, however, the process appeared slightly one-way, since the deep bass timbre that's been Pinch's defining trait—be it the reggae burr inherited from his Bristol hometown on 2007's Underwater Dancehall or the angrier growl of his recent 12-inches on Swamp 81—often seemed subsumed beneath the abstract percussive patterns more usually associated with Shackleton. Yet if Pinch and Shackleton arguably saw Pinch lose his own voice in the studio, he's clearly found it behind the decks for FabricLive.61. There's certainly no danger anyone's going to get this confused with Shackleton's 2010 contribution to Fabric's series. FabricLive.61 showcases a producer similarly disinterested in genre orthodoxy. But he's doing it in a different way. The mix might have its roots in dubstep's swampier side but is now intertwined with gnarled techno and thorny breaks. In fact, only with the obese bassline that crashes through Photek and Pinch's "Acid Reign" 11 tracks in does the mix sink into anything really recognisable as "dubstep." That track marks the start of a punishing second half that takes in the mechanical crunch of Pinch and Loefah's "Broken," the malfunctioning android footwork of Addison Groove's "This Is It" (VIP) and the sombre, almost requiem-like "Promise a Secret" from Illum Sphere. But for the first half we're led from the pugilistic electro of Distal's "Venom"—which also ends the mix—through the Basic Channel-style dub-techno of Henry and Louis featuring Prince Green's "Love Like," the creeping unease of Deleted Scenes' "Natural Law" and the frostily beautiful "In Dreams" from Pinch and Quest, a moment of eerie calm which makes the following sudden rush of Boddika and Joy Orbison's "Swims" as shocking as a hefty dose of ECT. And it's moments like that which prove that, even though there's no shortage of DJs imitating his style of blending bass music with 4/4 these days, Pinch does it with an identity that's very much his own.
  • Tracklist
      01. Distal - Venom (Part 2) 02. F - Slow Down 03. EQD - Equalized #005B 04. Henry & Louis feat. Prince Green - Love Like (Pinch Remix) 05. Pinch & Shackleton - Rooms Within A Room 06. Deleted Scenes - Natural Law 07. Pinch & Quest - In Dreams 08. Boddika & Joy Orbison - Swims 09. DJ G - Uncertain 10. Roly Porter - Hessra 11. Photek & Pinch - Acid Reign (Pinch's Dubplate Version) 12. Pinch & Loefah - Broken 13. Emika - Double Edge (Pinch Remix) 14. Roska - 480 BC 15. Addison Groove - This Is It VIP 16. Goth Trad - Mach 17. Distance - Blue Meanie 18. Jakes - Get Serious 19. Jakes - A Case Of The Bleeps 20. OM Unit - Pressure 21. Illum Sphere - Promise A Secret 22. Distal - Venom (Part 1)