For those of you who can remember electronic music before Soundcloud, mp3s, selfies and EDM – you will have know doubt cut your electronic teeth on some of Fabric’s infamous mix CDs. Over the years the series has taken on a sort of mythical urban legend with some of the world’s best DJs invited to create a timeless mixes that, still to this day, will run rings around almost any throw-away Soundcloud mixtape.
Adding his name to the ever-growing list of electronic pioneers is, Boys Noize. The Berliner’s Fabriclive 72 mix isn’t just a typical set from the high-energy German noise-maker. But instead, like most of the artists that have come before him, his mix is an education into the Berliner’s love-affair with electronic music and club culture.
Ridha’s mix ebbs and flows like a typical Ridha DJ set from leftfield techno and Ridha’s unique take on jackin’ house. As well as the usual party starters, the mix takes in a number of modern cuts, too, including – Tracques ‘Motor’, Gesaffelstein’s ‘Aufstand’ and Four Tet’s ‘For These Times’. Elsewhere you’ll find a brand new song from Ridha in the form of ‘Anoid‘, as well as one of his collaborations with Skrillex under the Dog Blood moniker, which sees the duo unload ‘Chella Ride‘ a full-fat piece of futuristic breakbeat. There are new edits of underground tracks by Aden, DJ Deeon and Anthony Naples, as Boys Noize proves once again that he is a man fully in control of his DJ craft.
Whether Boys Noize’s Fabriclive mix will reached the same status as Freeland’s, the Plump’s or Jacques Lu Cont’s it is way too early to tell – but there’s no doubt that Alex Ridha has put together a mix that is every bit as competent as those who have come before him.
HBF Rating 4/5
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