Fabric 47


2009 release. Jay Haze stands out as a visionary in the world of techno and house, a true nonconformist within a blinkered scene. But his work supports his revered status as an exceedingly prolific producer, DJ, live performer, collaborator and label owner. His wide-ranging labels ring true to themselves and never sway, each holding on tight to their own characteristic sound and group of artists: the house-oriented TuningSpork; the harder hitting tech-based Contexterrior and the down tempo dubby tones of Future Dub. Beyond his own labels, Jay Haze's genre-expanding, experimental productions have graced the catalogs of Playhouse, Kitty-Yo, Cocoon, Get Physical, and his remixes have been on labels far and wide, from Shitkatapult to Playhouse to BPitch Control to Soma. In 2005, he released his debut LP on Kitty-Yo, Love for a Strange World, an album that challenged the world of techno further by questioning genre lines and embracing all that's unconventional and unpredictable. His more dancefloor- (and humor-) geared moniker Fuckpony launched his career with Get Physical, the Children of Love album being one of the most celebrated underground albums of 2006. Fabric 47 is the deep, wandering heartbeat of 4/4's most bold, valiant and versatile character; a bright, cohesive mix that is inherently Jay Haze through and through. Deeply-rooted in his free and capricious spirit, the flawlessly assembled collection of tracks thump with soul and alluring eccentricities. Grooving with an airtight flow across wide-ranging beats and styles, Fabric 47 is a charismatic portrait of Jay Haze's musical clan: the mix not only showcases the peerless artists he works with on his family of labels, as well as the many monikers that comprise Jay Haze, it's also a glimpse into the soul-fuelled, future sound that they've collectively mastered. Teased throughout with samples from his Fuckpony track "Lady Judy" (a song dedicated to Fabric promoter, Judy Griffith -- and a nod to the Daniel Bell classic, "Baby Judy"), he takes things dubbier with Alex Celler's enchanting "Trapped in Dub," trippier with the groove-laden "Mellow Dee" (created with former studio partner Ricardo Villalobos in '08), and epic with the penultimate Fuckpony track, "Burning," Fabric 47 is Jay Haze incarnate; deep, daring and brave. Seventy minutes in the company of this disc leaves you feeling edified and your faith in music's brilliance renewed. Artists include: Lil Dirrty Ghetto Bastard, Mike Dunn Presents MR. 69, Catrat feat. Yah Meek, Alex Celler, Miss Fitz, Jay Haze & Ricardo Villalobos, DiY, Jay Haze feat. D:exter, Wasted Chicago Youth, The Last Poets, Pheek, Michal Ho, Dirty Bee, Johnny Fiasco, Hugo, Ms. Minelli, and Rockey.