Release Date: Oct 21, 2016
Record label: Fabric
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
The closure of London's iconic nightclub, fabric, had a profound impact on the electronic music community. Despite two decades of dedication to music, art and culture, the alleged abuse of archaic licensing laws among political authority got fabric's license revoked. Opposition in the face of Islington Council and its decision has reached international levels, spurring outrage across several continents.The fabric mixes have become legendary in the institution's peculiar ability to pluck the finest from the culture that it celebrates.
Scuba's entry into fabric's famed mix series comes at an unfortunate time. The iconic club has been shuttered, its staff laid off, leaving the future of London nightlife seemingly endangered by developers, government authorities and those who think of nightclubs as a haven for degenerates. Scuba, real name Paul Rose, recently moved back to London and was the last DJ to play at fabric, and none of the unfortunate events had unfolded when he handed in fabric 90.
This time, it’s not just about the music. The 90th installment of the famed Fabric DJ series carries with it a more existential import. Just as the mix by London native Paul Rose aka Scuba was released, the namesake Fabric club in London was shut down. Its license was revoked after two underage patrons died after taking illegal drugs at Fabric, the latest in a series of drug-related deaths associated with Fabric.The global electronic dance music community dutifully stepped in to protest, advocate, and raise money, which worked as Fabric will now re-open soon.
What more can be said about the closure of Fabric that hasn't already been said? The whole incident is seemingly another notch on the bedpost for neoliberal policymakers as the Conservatives seem to be striving to 'make England grey again'. London's incredible clubbing scene is one of the things I genuinely love about the UK, soit's no wonder that our depressing puritanism has finally caught up with it. Truth be told I have an odd relationship with Fabric.
Scuba 'Fabric 90' (Fabric)Scuba – that most uncompromising, energetic and dedicated of DJs – seems the perfect choice for this emotional instalment of the Fabric series. It’s a labour of love, with edits laid over each other in places like sheets of fine filo pastry. There are officially 19 tracks, but it takes 42 records for Scuba to build them from.