Release Date: Sep 22, 2017
Record label: Fabric
In December 2013, Resident Advisor called Midland a "DJ mix specialist," and with good reason. The UK artist, real name Harry Agius, is a self-confessed "obsessive" when it comes to the format, an approach that has paid off: in addition to stellar entries for FACT and RA, there was 2016's debut Essential Mix, which was voted the year's best. Fabriclive 94, a project Agius spent six months on given the "the added gravitas of [it] being a Fabric CD," continues this excellent form.
Nothing says “peak content” like a DJ mix. Proliferating for free online, they’re a dime a terabyte. A kind of cognitive dissonance hangs over many: Suggesting club energy but far removed from actual nightclubs, they offer a simulacrum of nightlife. They also serve a more mercenary purpose: Many DJs’ mixes double as business cards; Fabric’s reasonably priced mix series is essentially an advertisement for the London nightclub, where cover and service charges might run you $38 or more.