Mark Farina – Fabric 40

Mark Farina - Fabric 40

  1. Glom – Together
  2. Chuck Love – Yellow Truth (Atnarko Mix)
  3. JT Donaldson & Uneaq – Why Not Rock?
  4. Ricardo Rae – Lead The Way
  5. John Larner & Slater Hogan – Hettin Ready
  6. Inland Knights – Where Ya At?
  7. Homer Espinosa – Got This Feeling (LNS Disco Dub)
  8. Alexander East – Believe En Me
  9. Frank Solano – The Blue Line (Tommy Largo Remix)
  10. Kris G – Feel My Love (Bobby Valentine Mix)
  11. Non Believers – Stasera
  12. Johnny Fiasco – Last Word
  13. Mood II Swing – Closer (Oliver Desmet & Fred Everything Mix)
  14. James Curd – Pick Up What I’m Putting Down
  15. Rylan White Featuring Olly Brunton – There Goes The Neighbourhood
  16. Lawnchair Generals – Broke Acid
  17. Jeremy Joshua – Make Dat Shit (Derrick Carter Mix)
  18. DJ Sneak – Mumbler
  19. Prztz – Brutality
  20. Mark Farina – Das Shibuya (Cheeba Mix)
  21. King Kooba – Hoose Musik

Always a fan of Mark Farina and the amazing versatility he brings to all of his sets, when I saw this, there was no question of whether the purchase was justified, and Mark hasn’t let the audio interceptors down at all. The disc moves between jackin and minimal house the whole way through, which is a nice little change up from Farina’s normal jazzy style and quite reflective of the Fabric label. When Farina mixed the CD he said

“… I played a sort of fictitious set at fabric on a night that doesn’t exist. Musically, I tried to capture the techy, jackin’ Chicago/SF side of the house spectrum – dubby, chunky tracks. I tried to pick tunes from all over the world. I picked a good variation of underground goodies, a lot of which are unreleased or hopefully not on any other compilations. Tracks that have a good “shelf life” but that aren’t proven hits; hidden gems that might go over looked in this fast paced music era.”

Frank Solano’s The Blue Line (Tommy Largo Remix) is one of the standout tracks on the CD and really kicks it up a notch. This is the stuff I’d love to hear all night long, to keep a dancefloor going all night long. The combination of Mood II Swing’s Closer (Oliver Desmet & Fred Everything Mix) and James Curd’s Pick Up What I’m Putting Down is another standout moment on the disc and really picks me up!!! The tracks are melded together so well that it’s hard to tell where one starts and the other finishes. This peak tails off very quickly into a minimal sound, which sounds like Farina was trying to emulate the later hours of the morning of a night at Fabric. The bouncy minimalism of Lawnchair Generals’ Broke Acid is quite fun and enjoyable, and Jeremy Joshua’s Make Dat Shit (Derrick Carter Mix) definitely continues on this trend, albeit slightly tougher… Prztz’s Brutality is just that; quite brutal on the ears, being quite quirky in it’s vocals and fx. The Cheeba’s Mix of Mark Farina’s Das Shibuya is quite mellow and chilled with some crazy japanese man rambling on and on over a bassline that sounds like the hook from Afrika Baambaataa’s Planet Rock which was a bit of a spinout when I first heard it and actually placed the bassline… King Kooba’s Hoose Musik is a nice finishing touch to the disc placing warm synth style chords and unusual effects over a bouncy minimal house sound combined with a quirky acapella sample to sign off and out.


Housexy [Autumn 08]

Housexy [Autumn 08]

Disc 01 (Mixed by Alan Thompson)

  1. Bob Sinclar & Steve Edwards – Together (Eddie Thoneick Dub)
  2. Funkerman – Speed Up
  3. Fedde Le Grande – Get This Feeling (Original Mix)
  4. DJ Pearl & Patric La Fun featuring Shena – Keep Pushin (Kurd Maverick 08 Remix)
  5. Alp vs Outwork – Fiesta Elektronika (Paolo Alberti Reprise)
  6. Till West & Eddie Thoneick vs Alexandra Prince – Hi ‘n’ Bye (Eddie Thoneick La Guitarra Mix)
  7. Eddie Thoneick – I Wanna Freak U (Original Mix)
  8. Yoav – Club Thing (Funkerman Remix)
  9. Eddie Thoneick presents Female Deejays featuring Chelonis R. Jones – If Only (Funkerman Remix)
  10. Nicola Fasano vs Rat-Rich – 75, Brazil Street (Original Mix)
  11. Martin Solveig – C’est La Vie (Fedde vs Martin Club Mix)
  12. Quentin Harris featuring Margaret Grace – My Joy (Harry Choo Choo Romero Remix)
  13. Carl Kennedy – The Love You Bring Me (Eddie Thoneick Remix)
  14. Soul Avengers – Drop The Bomb
  15. Mighty Dub Katz – Just Another Groove (Tocadisco Remix)
  16. Seamus Haji featuring Doug Lazy – Head To Toe (Seamus Haji Big Love Remix)
  17. H Two O featuring Platnum – What’s It Gonna Be (Jason Herd’s Mo’Funk Remix)

This disc shoots off straight away and doesn’t show any signs of slowing up!! It’s a well mixed disc of House and Electro flavours with a very techy sound although I felt that it was a little soul-less… I’m not sure if there was much of a lull, but the last track What’s It Gonna Be (Jason Herd’s Mo’Funk Remix) sounded out the end with a magnificent house sound, taking the sound back to the beginning of the disc and beyond.

Disc 02 (Mixed by Graham Cordery)

  1. Martin ‘Mayhem’ & Timmi ‘Magic’ featuring Elisabeth Troy – I Need Your Lovin (M’s Reprise)
  2. Cerrone featuring Jocelyn Brown – Hooked On You (Jamie Lewis Radio Edit)
  3. Puzique – Nice & Tight
  4. Kenny Thomas – Keep The Fires Burning (Classic Vocal Richard Earnshaw Remix)
  5. Fish go Deep featuring Tracey K – The Cure & The Cause
  6. Reanshaw & Giles – Round & Round (Main Cut Instrumental)
  7. Panevino – Freeze The Frame
  8. Steven Stone vs Roberto de Carlo featuring Seyla – Believe (Danny Clark Funk Workout Mix)
  9. Secret Sounds – Come Back Home (Joey Negro Club Mix)
  10. Michael Watford – So Into You (B D’s Revisited Mix)
  11. Bobby D’Ambrosio featuring Kelli Sae – Optimistic (D’Ambrosio & Toppert Club Remix)
  12. Groove Junkies featuring Solara & Raya Beam – Deeper
  13. Hardsoul featuring Amma – Love Weigh You Down
  14. Lee McDonald – I’ll Do Anything For You

Wow, what a great mix of warm, soulful, sexy house in typical Graham Cordery fashion!!! Kicking off with a great disco sound in I Need Your Lovin which put a warmth in my ears and heart straight off the bat… Cerrone’s Hooked On You is a fantastic classic track with strong vocals from Jocelyn Brown, the Jamie Lewis Edit treats it with great love and respect. Nice & Tight is another classic track pulled off the ranks to continue the warm glow of this disc. From here the disc starts to slow down a little and moving away from the great disco sound that it started off with. It kicks back in with Panevino’s Freeze The Frame hitting some great vocals and strings… and then back to the disco inferno sound with Joey Negro’s mix of Secret Sounds’ Come Back Home finally rounding out to some soulful vocals and piano…


Jamie Lidell – JIM

Jamie Lidell - JIM

  1. Another Day
  2. Wait For Me
  3. Out of My System
  4. All I Wanna Do
  5. Little Bit of Feel Good
  6. Figured Me Out
  7. Hurricane
  8. Green Light
  9. Where D’You Go?
  10. Rope of Sand

Having just picked this Album for a friend; Julie, she allowed me the pleasure of having a quick listen and review before giving it to her, so here we go!!

It all begins with the great little number Another Day which is reminiscent of a Gospel track surprisingly fused with the Sesame Street theme song….
Wait For Me combines some great vocals with some awesome instrumentals including a nice little diddy on the piano…
Out Of My System brings back a great Oldskool Funk feel, especially with the little guitar rifts around the chorus….
Jamie changes gears yet again with All I Wanna Do dropping it back to an acoustic rhythm and bluesy track, with some haunting backing vocals, still giving a church choir feel…..
Little Bit of Feel Good starts to bring the vibe back up with that olde funk feeling again…. Strong vocals and nice guitars make this track!!!
Jamiroquai-esk with a twisted turn is the only way I can describe Figured Me Out which consists of punchy vocals supported by some cool synths, twisted, tweaked and filtered to goodness.
Hurricane feels just like that with it’s rocky guitar rifts and underlying rhythms and harmonies…. The breakdown pushes the hurricane effect even further and ventures into what feels like an eye at times: eerily calm.
Following on from the calm after the hurricane is Green Light which has a nice 60s loungey sound…..
Where D’You Go sounds a bit dangerous with the piano rhythms sounding off, but turning out quirky and fun in the end, although ending a little abruptly….
The final song on the album is Rope of Sand: a hauntingly beautiful track combining an acoustic guitar with warm melodies and seemingly vulnerable vocals.

Having never heard much of Lidell, I was pleasantly surprised with his offering, great feel to the album which soared all over the place like a roller-coaster, but still kept you pinned to the seat for the entire journey, a great listen indeed.