Release Date: Apr 29, 2016
Record label: Fabric
Genre(s): Electronic, Techno, Club/Dance
Recorded in one take, Alan Fitzpatrick’s Fabric mix is a rollercoaster rave made for room two in the early hours. Charlotte de Witte’s eerie and haunting ‘Weltschmerz’ eases us in, and Fitzpatrick’s unreleased Lights Up remix of Drewxhill’s ‘Bullets’ forms the perfect comedown closer. But for the most part, it’s a sweaty journey of ribcage-rattling techno from the genre’s biggest players.Scuba’s take on Audion’s ‘Mouth To Mouth’ is eyes-shut euphoria, Bjarki’s ‘Windy City’ is a thumper and Mike Dehnert’s ‘Meckwiki’ is dark and bumping.
In a few short years, Southampton selector Alan Fitzpatrick has amassed a sizeable following as a DJ and producer. Now a fully-fledged Fabric resident, he gets the chance for the first time to put on disc a record of how his nights at the decks sound. While these Fabric mixes are a hit-and-miss affair, this is definitely one of the better sets in recent memory.
Anyone familiar with Alan Fitzpatrick's records for Drumcode or his own label, 8 Sided Dice, knows the Londoner can hit hard. But his productions have always had a poise that made them more than dance floor bangers. He's shown a deeper side in recent years, on the Falling Down EP for Hotflush and his contribution to Cocoon Compilation N. That balance is evident in his DJ sets, too, which most often trace graceful arcs from the pulsing through to the pumping and downright pummelling.That's the path he takes on fabric 87.