Presents The Nothing Special. Fabric 58 Presents The Nothing Special. Fabric 58

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Craig Richards  Presents The Nothing Special. Fabric 58 FABRIC

Saying that Fabric is the best club in the world is like saying Leo Messi is a thousand times better than Cristiano Ronaldo. There’s no need to say it, everybody already knows. You don’t get that much admiration, love and respect by dancing around a bonfire naked and chanting to the gods of luck. You earn it, working hard, always come first, putting quality before quantity, launching new styles instead of jumping on bandwagons and putting your head on the block where others wouldn’t dare even to place their pinky.

Craig Richards knows all about that. The permanent resident DJ and musical director of London’s music temple has been there since the beginning and he’s as energetic as always. The maths don’t lie – Craig Richards is Fabric and Fabric is Craig Richards, and the abundance of life on the electronic pastures of the UK capital over the past decade is, in part, thanks to the line-ups thought up by the veteran alchemist and by his own sets – let’s not forget the first compilation of the house was by him, as is the double CD by Tyrant, spinning alongside his former partner Lee Burridge.

So it’s only normal that expectations for volume 58 run so high. And it delivers, because “The Nothing Special” is a winning trip along the purest and most traditional danceable constants that have defined the Fabric dancefloor from the early days and up til now. Craig Richards gets out his favourite tunes and delivers a liquid tech-house set with some deep house and nods to all kinds of sounds: from Chicago to Detroit and British intelligent techno from the golden age, a pinch of acid and a touch of minimal. It’s a feast that should be enjoyed in parts and of which the taste is accentuated from the second or third listen.

In that aspect, you can hear the man’s experience. Patiently structuring the woof, without getting ahead of himself and with a very contained rhythm, Richards plays timeless dance music, to listen to and taste. Subtle, carefully selected and with attention to detail, the set opens up to a notable variety of 4x4 beats and unfolds its mixes with formidable cadence and smoothness. And the best part is that Richards dusts off a collection of oldies many had already forgotten. The set starts with none other than Two Lone Swordsmen, he returns to ’97 and recovers House Doingz (a clear tribute to his friend Terry Francis), he reminds us of how good Gemini were, he gets out Joel Mull’s “Leaving Ground”, resurrects G-Man; in short, he reminds us of the fact that the past matters but he mixes the old with the new (Semtek’s “Lotos Eaters”, for example) in a way that you can’t tell the difference of eras between the tracks. Sade couldn’t have said it better when it comes to this master’s technique and judgement: smooth operator.

Óscar Broc

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