Release Date: Feb 12, 2013
Record label: Fabric
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
It's hard to review Fabriclive 67—Ben Thomson's latest commercial attempt to "contextualise music for people at a time where information is spread pretty chaotically"—without referencing his Rinse:16 mix. 67 is certainly darker, perhaps narrower in its focus. Moments of joyful release are few. It doesn't conclude as boldly as its predecessor did, with a blast of ungodly noise from Andrew Coltrane and How To Dress Well.
It seems unnatural to call a musician an innovator when they haven't produced any original music of their own. But 27-year old DJ Ben UFO has done plenty for London's electronic underground just by being a selector. Alongside college friends and Hessle Audio co-founders Pearson Sound and Pangaea, Ben Thomson was an early drum 'n bass turned dubstep enthusiast who encouraged the UK's quietly experimental take on the growing genre.
The Fabric brand, for those unaware, runs a monolithic club in London, UK specializing in rough and ready EDM, as well as releasing mixes from a wealth of international DJ and production talent. Never cautious to embrace new and esoteric genres of dance music, Fabric has given the reins for the 67th edition of their FabricLive mix series to Rinse FM DJ and Hessle Audio head honcho Ben UFO. Curiously, Mr.
It might be a mere punctuation mark in the multi-volume encyclopedia of cosmic deep time, but sixteen months is a deceptively long while in the notoriously fast-moving ecology of UK club music. The sleevenotes I wrote back in 2011 for Hessle Audio co-head Ben 'UFO' Thomson's Rinse:16 mix CD reflected that "the sheer volume of influence currently pouring into UK [dance] music ensures that dancefloors often lack the sense of focus that a single genre provides . .