Craig Richards Craig RichardsPresents The Nothing Special. Fabric 58
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.