Fabriclive.50

Fabriclive.50

by dBridge
     
 

Those who think electronica nomenclatures are becoming unnecessarily confusing won't find any relief here. DJ/producers Darren White (aka dBridge, formerly of Bad Company) and Instra:Mental (aka Alex Green) have joined forces to create a collaborative called Autonomic -- which refersSee more details below

Overview

Those who think electronica nomenclatures are becoming unnecessarily confusing won't find any relief here. DJ/producers Darren White (aka dBridge, formerly of Bad Company) and Instra:Mental (aka Alex Green) have joined forces to create a collaborative called Autonomic -- which refers not only to the duo as a musical unit but also to its club night and podcast. The music may be a little bit confusing as well, to anyone expecting the drum'n'bass that has been each producer's stock in trade up until now. Proceeding under the slogan "music first; drum'n'bass second," the duo has put together a DJ mix that seems to bring drum'n'bass full circle, morphing it back toward the soul and techno elements that informed its development in the early '90s (though largely ignoring the reggae influences that were equally important). And true to their mission, they've done an excellent job of focusing on musical quality first and genre boundaries second: the program opens with the gorgeous "Seems Like" by Riya, a languid but soulful pop song; they also bring in the surprisingly gentle "Pushed" by Stray, which features a kick drum that sounds like a thumb stroking a record needle, a snare drum that comes in very rarely from the cold of outer space, and the faintest possible wood block. Vaccine's "Ochre" is built on unsettlingly dark sounds and an off-center beat, but gradually the sun rises as the vocal samples pile up in layers and it ends on a quietly joyful note. The over the top Auto-Tune effects on Genotype's "Distorted Dreams" add an element of whimsical fun to the proceedings, while Instra:Mental's "Fist [Level 2B Mix]" starts out coolly funky and then gets cooler as vocals and groove get progressively denser; this is where the first hints of "traditional" drum'n'bass start becoming audible. Over the course of 31 tracks the sounds and grooves do eventually start blurring together a bit, but not in a bad way -- there's a compelling, tensile strength at the core of all of these rather understated tracks, and they end up weaving together into an unusually beautiful whole.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
Label:
Fabric
UPC:
0802560010020
catalogNumber:
00100
Rank:
134801

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Tracks

  1. Seems Like  - Laura Pacheco
  2. From the Start
  3. Pushed  -  Stray
  4. Nu Este Roz  - Dan Habarnam
  5. Ochre  -  Vaccine
  6. Starkwood  -  ASC
  7. Lover Shell  -  Consequence
  8. Sky's Alight  -  Distance
  9. Self Control  - Alix Perez
  10. Distorted Dreams/Go  -  Meleka
  11. End Credits
  12. Watching You
  13. Fist
  14. 11 Circles  -  Consequence
  15. I Know
  16. Encke Gap
  17. Farah's Theme/Inner Disbelief  -  Loxy
  18. Down With You  - Pearson Sound
  19. Tense  -  Scuba
  20. No Future
  21. Living Proof  -  Code 3
  22. Reflex Reaction  -  Consequence
  23. Phobos  -  ASC
  24. Fire Call  -  Skream
  25. Machine Made
  26. Love Hotel
  27. The Dim Light
  28. Eclipse  -  Scuba
  29. The Ubiquity Incident  -  ASC
  30. Abysmal Depth  -  Abstract Elements
  31. Gen Ohn  -  Actress
  32. Abysmal Depth  -  Abstract Elements
  33. Gen Ohn  -  Actress

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

dBridge   Primary Artist,DJ
Darren White   Vocals
Instra:mental   DJ

Technical Credits

dBridge   Remixing,Additional Production
Damon Kirkham   Composer,Producer
Darren White   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Greg Sanders   Composer,Producer
Alexander Dmitriev   Composer
David Kennedy   Composer,Producer
Oliver Jones   Composer
Andrew Campbell   Composer,Producer
Alexander Green   Composer,Producer
Laura Pacheco   Composer,Lyricist
Cameron McLaren   Composer,Remixing,Additional Production
Justin Richardson   Composer,Producer
Christine Clements   Composer,Producer
William Courtice   Composer
Vershinin Alexander   Composer
Stewart Procter   Composer
Paul Ager   Composer
Jonathan Raphael Fogel   Composer,Producer
James Clements   Composer,Producer,Remixing,Additional Production
Dan Grobier   Composer

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