DVS1 - fabric 96

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  • In his younger days, Zak Khutoretsky was a Midwestern rave renegade. The artist, AKA DVS1, was throwing techno parties in Minneapolis. He made some money and lost even more. He spent time in jail. In contrast to this chaotic period of his life—documented in Resident Advisor's 2015 documentary—the Berghain resident's DJ sets tend to be tight and disciplined. But this precision is only half the story—you'll also find plenty emotion, drama and vigour in his DJing. Khutoretsky's new mix for fabric, as you would expect, is meticulously constructed, but it's also brimming with life. fabric 96 starts with a rich ambient tone and a rousing speech by Charlie Chaplin—"the hate of men will pass… let us all unite!"—from the 1940 film The Great Dictator. It's a rallying cry no doubt meant to address the times, and kicks off a hard-charging 70 minutes of techno. The mix is often forceful, driven by rapid-fire keys, busy hi-hats, percolating bass, circular 303 patterns and various metallic hits. But it also has a spectral feel that tempers the intensity. The clangs on Doubt's "Just Pain," for instance, contrast nicely with off-key swoons of synth. "Fathoms Deep," by Planetary Assault Systems, provides a placid cosmic backdrop for insistent arps and aqueous percussion. The mix is defined by subtle undulations rather than abrupt shifts. Its precisely layered transitions—it was mixed on three decks in one take—are often drawn-out and at times nearly imperceptible. They're key to fabric 96's fluid feel. The ping-pong lead of Mike Storm's "From The Human Eye To Earth," for instance, interlocks effortlessly with the synth pings of Sirko Müller's "Our Blood." The syncopated handclaps and tumbling arps of Dustin Zahn's "Politics Of Seduction" go far to set up the rubber-ball bassline of Mike Gervais's "Set Me Free." Given all that, it can be hard to make out which elements belong to which songs. fabric 96 can seem as much like a single composition as a series of tracks, but it still has plenty of transcendent moments. The "Trans-Europe Express"-style pads on Border One's "Curve" nicely cushion its metal-on-metal percussion. And the offbeat keys of Maan's "Vert" provide a welcome rush of melody, as do the celestial chords of D-56m's "Question Authority." In moments like these, another part of Chaplin's speech comes to mind: "More than machinery, we need humanity." As fabric 96 makes clear, Khutoretsky has squeezed as much heart, soul and life out of his machinery as possible.
  • Tracklist
      01. Unknown Artist - For All Mankind 02. Gabriella Vergilov - Boring Shit 03. Kirill Mamin - Silent Prayer 04. Border One - Curve 05. DOUBT - Just Pain 06. DJ Surgeles - Absorbed 07. Mike Storm - From The Human Eye To Earth 08. Sirko Muller - Our Blood 09. Steffi - 1E-4 10. Psyk - Falling 11. Neel - The Vancori Complex 12. Planetary Assault Systems - Fathoms Deep 13. Oscar Mulero - Drops 14. Jeff Mills - Fly Guy 15. Maan - Vert 16. Steve Bicknell - Space 13 17. Dustin Zahn - Politics Of Seduction 18. Mike Gervais - Set Me Free 19. Adriana Lopez - Last Path 20. Truncate - Pseudo V2 21. ROD - Duchi Kaal 22. Kirill Mamin - Dunning-Kruger Effect 23. Mark Broom - Drum Jamz 2 24. Henning Baer - Code Buster 25. Lando - Ceremony 26. Strain - Theory 27. D-56m - Question Authority 28. Anthony Rother - Technic Electric 29. Jeff Mills - The Dancer