Sunday, 5 February 2012

'Fabriclive 61’ (Mix CD, Fabric)

On this timely contribution to the prestigious mix series, Pinch reclaims dubstep as a flexible, subtle genre against the head-banging aggression that has come to define it for many. His own productions set the boundaries wide, from the ominous vibrations of his Henry & Louis remix to the slitheringly percussive 'Rooms Within A Room’ from the extraordinary Pinch & Shackleton album. Elsewhere, he does lush and mellow with Quest (‘In Dreams’), minimal and deadly with Loefah (‘Broken’) and 140bpm techstep with Photek (‘Acid Reign’). There’s also room for Berlin techno (EQD), experimental electronica (Roly Porter) and floor-wrecking cuts from Roska, Distance and Addison Groove. This is a tough, intelligent selection from a DJ at the top of his game.

BRS rating 9/10
This review originally appeared in Venue magazine.

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