Fabric 25

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"Ahh yeah, let me see you work, let me see you work...oooooooh...bring it on down, bring it on down -- ungh!" That's not a transcription of lyrics from a track on Carl Craig's mix for the Fabric series. Instead, that's one of the several exultations Craig himself scatters throughout the set, giving it the strange feel of a live mix done in front of action figures or a muted Night Court episode instead of dancing humans. Depending on your mindset, this factor can either degrade or enhance the experience. All that's missing is a radio spot from a Detroit staple like Watts Club Mozambique or Mr. Alan's. Appearing three years after The Workout, a phenomenal mix for React, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"Ahh yeah, let me see you work, let me see you work...oooooooh...bring it on down, bring it on down -- ungh!" That's not a transcription of lyrics from a track on Carl Craig's mix for the Fabric series. Instead, that's one of the several exultations Craig himself scatters throughout the set, giving it the strange feel of a live mix done in front of action figures or a muted Night Court episode instead of dancing humans. Depending on your mindset, this factor can either degrade or enhance the experience. All that's missing is a radio spot from a Detroit staple like Watts Club Mozambique or Mr. Alan's. Appearing three years after The Workout, a phenomenal mix for React, Craig's Fabric 25 is relatively straightforward and steadily active. Anything that leans toward the abstract remains either discreet or atop the deep rhythmic thrust of the mix. As well as Craig's excited whoops, the lack of allegiance to a particular trend or set of likeminded labels only helps to differentiate this set from most others released in 2005. Pulling mostly from house tracks that date from 2004 and 2005, the set begins with an altered version of Ying Yang Twins' "Wait The Whisper Song"; a minute in, a very Carl Craig synthesizer wash enters and takes over, giving way to Craig's maniacal laughter. Once the sedate Basic Channel-like pulse of his own "Angel" enters, normalcy -- or something resembling the expected -- ensues, but "Wait"'s inclusion shouldn't be all that surprising when it sounds almost exactly like a track Craig would produce if he made rap records. Since only a couple selections had appeared on other mixes prior to release, the mix maintains a freshness that doesn't rely on obvious picks. Craig's "Darkness" -- a thrilling fusion of his beefy mix of Throbbing Gristle's "Hot on the Heels of Love" with ending theatrics learned from Yellow Magic Orchestra's "Firecracker," along with flashbacks to Landcruising's "Mind of a Machine" -- is the highlight of highlights. Kenny Larkin contributes the swirling avant gospel-house of "Good God," D'Malicious' "Alive" puts a soulboy spin on mid-'90s Germanic techno, and Scott Grooves' "The Journey" carries the delirious breakdown from Martin Circus' "Disco Circus" to Africa.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • Label: Fabric
  • UPC: 802560004920
  • Catalog Number: 49
  • Sales rank: 120,441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wait (The Whisper Song) - Ying Yang Twins (2:29)
  2. 2 Angel (3:50)
  3. 3 Sweat - Trickski (4:34)
  4. 4 Bar a Thym - Kerri Chandler (5:42)
  5. 5 Love2Love - Just One (3:33)
  6. 6 Jupita - Megablast (4:27)
  7. 7 The Journey - Scott Grooves (2:17)
  8. 8 Imbalaye - Africanism (2:17)
  9. 9 Most Precious Love - U.D.A. (5:46)
  10. 10 The Panther - The Rayon City Quartet (4:33)
  11. 11 3rd Movement - Sound Stream (4:03)
  12. 12 Good God - Dark Comedy (5:12)
  13. 13 Alive - D'Malicious (4:25)
  14. 14 Limit - Pasta Boys (4:40)
  15. 15 Energize - DJ Yoav B. (4:46)
  16. 16 Crushing - Nick Petty (2:12)
  17. 17 Darkness (4:34)
  18. 18 Blade Dancer - Tokyo Black Star (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carl Craig Primary Artist, Shouts, Laughs
Kenny Larkin Track Performer
Justin Chapman Track Performer
D'Malicious Track Performer
U.D.A. Track Performer
Third Ministry Of Faith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kenny Larkin Composer, Producer, Engineer
Kerri Chandler Composer, Producer
Carl Craig Composer, Producer
Guido Caliandro Engineer
Scott Grooves Composer, Producer
Justin Chapman Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gavin "DJ Face" Mills Producer, Remixing
Julien Jabre Engineer
Joel Mullis Engineer
Sam Holt Producer, Remixing
Mikael Nordgren Composer
Björn Lundt Producer
Yannick Labbé Producer
Alex from Tokyo Arranger, Producer
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