Jackmaster - FabricLive.57

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  • "We don't really need a crowd to have a party. Just a funky beat and you to get it started…" "Big Fun," Inner City's techno ode to the power of dance, could be a raison d'etre for Glaswegian DJ Jackmaster. Alongside digital upstarts Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, he's at the forefront of a fresh strain of Scottish mixers, producers and hell raisers. HudMo and Rustie's potent mix of R&B, Prince and video games have shifted the goal posts of dance into purple pastures, while the rest of the Numbers crew (of which Jackmaster is a key figure) have emerged at a time when passion for classic dance music mixed with new sounds are running high. Unlike HudMo and Rustie, however, Jackmaster has built his rep solely on his DJing skills. To get an insight into the electronic pulse beating at Jackmaster's heart, you'd need look no further than the first three tunes on this mix: The Fantastic Aleems' "Release Yourself," the Juan Atkins remix of Inner City's "Big Fun" and Gregor Salto's "Classic Beat Tool" are vintage slabs of dance music—all of which sound totally distinctive, yet hang together perfectly and are interwoven as tightly as a coiled spring. This fast and furious opening salvo is indicative of the way the 29 tunes are blended together over the hour. There's no excess fat on this mix. It's a lean, tight, moving machine, which at times is frenetic enough to sound like it's been binging heavily on protein shakes. There are plenty of highlights—newer bombs from SBTRKT & Sinden, Martyn and Hudson Mohawke stand up to the classic Wookie remix of Sia's "Little Man" and CLS's "Can You Feel It?"—while the array of styles on offer is jaw-dropping. Garage, piano house, Miami bass, grime, foot-to-the-floor rave and jacking house are all crammed into these breathless 60 minutes. The frenetic pace is the only constant, with the only lull afforded to HudMo's "Fuse." It breathes deeply before the rave rocket is re-ignited by Machinedrum. Anyone who saw Jackmaster slay the final session of Sonar by Day last year—or any number of parties since—should be delighted by this Fabric release. It manages to capture the sweat and sounds of a Numbers party without sacrificing the eclecticism or the wildness. Few other new players can draw the dots between Detroit, disco and Radiohead with such style.
  • Tracklist
      01. The Fantastic Aleems - Release Yourself 02. Inner City - Big Fun (Magic Juan Remix) 03. Gregor Salto - Classic Beat Tool 04. Model 500 - Night Drive (Thru-Babylon) 05. Kim English - Nite Life (Retail Club Mix) 06. Anthony Shakir - Plugged In 07. Martyn - Alldayallnight 07. Geiom feat. Terrible Shock - 2 4 6 08. Doug Willis - Dougswana (Audiowhores Beats) 09. Jook 10 - Emotions 10. Larry Heard presents Mr. White - The Sun Can't Compare 11. Addison Groove - Make Um Bounce 12. SBTRKT & Sinden - Seekwal 13. Splack Pack - Shake That Ass Bitch 14. Mad Mike featuring Davina - Don't You Want It 15. Sia - Little Man (Wookie Remix) 16. CLS - Can You Feel It? (In House Dub) 17. DJ Deeon - The Freaks 18. The Outlander - Vamp 19. Splack Pack - Scrub Da Ground 20. Underground Resistance - Jupiter Jazz 21. Thomas Bangalter - What To Do 22. Fix - Flash 23. Hudson Mohawke - Fuse 24. Machinedrum - La Bomba 25. DJ Funk - Pussy Ride 26. AFX - VBS.Redlof.B 27. Skepta - Doin' It Again 28. Radiohead - Idioteque