1-2 Weeks
Fabric 15


2004 release. The following has become fact: mixing records is not as important as making records; a resident DJ is less interesting than a guest DJ; creating a compilation isn't as worthy as creating an artist album. Craig Richards disagrees. Being totally committed to hunting exciting new music, to set against a personal, expansive collection, is important. Loathing travelling, turning down huge tours, and playing to a thousand people every weekend in London is interesting. And compilations? They show exactly who you are, what makes you different, so are made with care and intent. Craig removes the just-too-catchy tracks, the ones that may begin to nag you in a month or two. He records live, after planning each mix so it sits perfectly in place, and adds layers of effects and samples (in this case from telephone conversations with his dad). He pitches down the tempo slightly to make it less clubby and designs all of the artwork to make it more personal. This is his second solo mix CD following Fabric 01 in 2001. He's also made two other Tyrant albums with Lee Burridge. CD1 is dancefloor re-creation, 16 addictive, inventive tracks to get into your head and under your skin. Gone are peak-time highs and lights-down lows. This is laptops dancing: subtle, shape-shifting patterns over bright, precise percussion. Check metallic melodies, electric grooves, crystal chimes and strung-out loops. Hear kooky chords, lazy vocals, Latin hooks and backwards beats. There's echo and stutter, dub-drenched bass, cocaine rushes and ecstasy waves. Showcasing an exciting new breed of electronic artists, CD1 is a smooth, night-drive soundtrack of the freshest 4/4 around. Music to get into and get down to. CD2 is headphone recreation; 21 cuts of abstract dance, made to provoke and built to last. It features offbeat stunners, downbeat slammers, spy film strings and low-slung loops. There's desktop hip-hop, a trip through electro, paranoid percussion and crazed, shattered beats. Music to trip out and break down to. Artists include: Minimal Man, Falko Brocksieper, Seafoam, Carsten Jost, M.I.A., Jeremy Caulfield, John Shananigans (feat. Mu), Weltzwei, Pantytec, Soul Capsule, Luciano & Quenum, Sieg Uber Die Sonne, Ricardo Villalobos, Mirwais Sangin, Bang Goes, Michael Mayer, Morane, Ada, Brownman Greenman meets KV5, Jimi Tenor, Supersoul, Morgan Geist, Joakim, Chicks On Speed, Kreidler, Fastgraph, J/V/N Machine, Texas, Voicestealer, D.I.E., Ectomorph, Scape One, Dettinger, Push Button Objects, Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Dabrye, The Octagon Man, Air Liquide, The Warlock, and X-Plain.