Fabric 50 cleanly welcomes you into the first steps of your future decade. The latest instalment of the LDN's infamous Fabric mix hosts a dizzying array of zooped up and bleeped down rhythms from a showcase of frontier breaking artists. Big names such as Kode 9, dBridge and Zomby sit excitedly next to Martyn's new hot picks with outings from Joy Orbison, Detachments and Actress.
The energy of the mix is lightspeed style new. Martyn adeptly excels the current irritability of the dubstep/electronic genre to a curious blend of old and supa new. Tracks such as Drummin' by Alec Wizz feature tribalistic drum riddims which feel reminiscent of the dawn of musical days, whilst meteoric bangers such as Seventy Four (Redshape mix) graces the listener an almost space odyssey feel. The stark clash of some of the tunes stuns at first but ultimately enhances the mix's craftsmanship.
The curtain opening track is Joy Fantastic Featuring Olivier Daysoul, by blazing newcomer Hudson Mohawke or Hud Mo. This proves to be a great spangly opening to the curious hyper blend of music genres which Martyn's Fabric 50 announces to its followers. It features genre's which critics have dubbed 'electronix' or 'synth funk', mixed with hip hop and grimy sensibilities- although it's in such primary stages that it's still subject to interpretation. This hyper-breed sentiment is captured by the massively enjoyable track Circles (Martyn's Round and Round Mix) by Detachments, which inflicts a 70's style Ska aesthetic against a fidgity rudeboy narrative.
Other highlights include Martyn's Vancouver which harks back to the heady days of dubstep past whilst Jan Drivers' Rat Alert proves to be a flat out club banger. Rat Alerts' grimy synth-sawing rhythm cuts straight across the track hinting towards a new interpretation of the garage scene that has been steadily making its come back to UK-wide basement dance floors. Aural and visual treats are delivered by Zomby's latest and aptly named Merury's Rainbow and Light Cycle who's beats are quite simply on another level.
Fabric 50 captures the essence of something new and something raw, give it a listen...see how it makes you feel and get excited for all the electronic treats which are bubbling away ready for the next decade and next level listeners.