A man that’s synonymous with the terms “roller,” “rolling,” and how “to keep things rollin’;” the 4 deck badman Friction was given the honour of having his own Fabriclive mix CD, but did he live up to expectations and did he keep the streak of excellent dnb Fabriclive’s intact? The answer is yes, and in a way that’s entirely Friction.
After having a successful last year with his radio show on BBC that is still currently running and with a widely acclaimed collaboration between himself, Skream, P Money, and Scruffizer, Friction manages to stay busy as per usual while also continuing to put out some quality releases on his own label Shogun Audio. Thus after years of working incredibly hard and playing highly acclaimed sets all over the world; Friction has deservedly earned the opportunity to publish a mix that’s beyond your usual podcast or set recording. As stated by Friction himself, he wanted to create a mix that was for the headz. For those that watch closely in what can be the daunting depths of Fabric that house some of drum and bass’s finest “critics.” Fortunately for Friction, he’s been mixing long enough that he knows what to feed to us educated listeners and Fabriclive.70 delivers.
Being 31 tracks and just over an hour in length, Friction doesn’t let up the pace once thanks to his ability to easily mix 4 decks while moving through tracks effortlessly via the crossfader filters of Allen & Heath.
The mix starts out big as expected with a VIP of Optiv and BTK’s “Understand” in combination with the also excellent “Swag” by DC Breaks. Keeping the energy levels high and with the flow of a white-water river, we’re introduced to the very innovate sounding “Instrument” by the young up-and-comer Joe Ford before moving into more deeper and emotional territory with Nymfo’s “Suddenly VIP” and Technimatic’s “Bristol.”
Keeping the deeper vibes going, we’re treated to a VIP of one of my favourite tracks from this year which is Alix Perez’s “Playing Games” ft. D.Ablo and a track that’s been receiving widespread attention at the moment; Villem & McLeod’s “Another Star.” A standout that follows is AI’s “You Can Dream” that continues the more atmospheric, emotive, and heavy vibes that is followed by more sultry vibes from Technimatic and Total Science. Now headed into liquid territory, we’re introduced to the very impressive “Searching” by Kove that demonstrates why he’s such a promising producer in conjunction with demonstrating Friction’s ability to seamlessly move between so many different styles of drum and bass while keeping things…you guessed it, rollin’!
Having captured your mind, body, and soul with a lush mid-section, Friction begins to ramp up the energy for the second half of his mix with heavier material such as “Steam Train” by Break, “Dreadnaught VIP”, and an exclusive Mefjus remix of “Jupiter” by Friction & K-Tee. Knowing what must be played to feed the intellectual listener, Friction goes heavy for the last quarter of his Fabriclive mix with a VIP of the very well known “Minimal Funk” by Icicle along with the brand new “Anxious” also produced by the Iceman. Nearing out the end of the mix, Friction brings out the heaters for an all out “Fuck Off Fest” and the lineup is Insideinfo’s remix of “Killer Bees,” a jungly VIP of Audio & Donny’s “Horribly Ribbed” and lastly an all out assault with “Desert Orgy VIP/Diplodocus.”
From the beginning to end of Fabriclive.70, Friction showcases why he’s such a highly praised DJ. Quality mixing and top-notch tunes satisfy the listeners needs entirely and in a way unlike Andy C, Hype, and your more high-profile/stylistic drum and bass DJ’s. Fabriclive.70 is the definition of Friction and without a doubt will be getting rinsed out heavily for a long time thanks to its inclusion of so many exclusives mixed in a way that sucks you in once you press play.
01. Optiv & BTK feat. Sam Wills – Understand VIP
02. DC Breaks – Swag
03. Enei & Emperor – Liberation
04. Joe Ford – Instrument / The Upbeats – One Step
05. InsideInfo & Mefjus – Mythos
06. Nymfo – Suddenly VIP
07. Badmarsh & Shri – Signs (Calibre Mix)
08. Technimatic – Bristol
09. Alix Perez feat. D.Ablo – Playing Games VIP
10. Villem & McLeod – Another Star
11. AI – You Can Dream
12. Total Science – Still Waiting
13. Technimatic – Sphere
14. Chords – Biting Point
15. Technimatic – Intersection
16. Alix Perez feat. Sam Wills – Annie’s Song (Original vs S.P.Y Mash-Up)
17. Dramatic – Keep Pushing Me
18. Kove – Searching
19. NZShapeshifter – Gravity (Lenzman Remix)
20. Break – Steam Train / Mefjus & Kasra – Cypher
21. Icicle feat. SP:MC – Dreadnaught VIP
22. Ulterior Motive & Judda – Timekeeper
23. Friction & K Tee – Jupiter (Mefjus Remix)
24. Icicle – Minimal Funk VIP
25. Rockwell – Detroit
26. Icicle – Anxious
27. Usual Suspects – Killa Bees (InsideInfo Remix)
28. Donny & Audio – Horribly Ribbed VIP
29. Ulterior Motive – Lost Contact
30. DJ Hazard – Time Tripping
31. Phace & Misanthrop – Desert Orgy VIP / Noisia – Diplodocus