Various Artists - Fabric22, Adam Beyer
Tue 31st May, 2005 Music Reviewsin
Calling Adam Beyer a perfectionist would be an understatement. He is never happy, always striving for more. In his view, techno can and will never be complete. Not while different influences drive the music – while alternative and diverse artists continue to expand upon its foundations. Better known for his Drumcode label and his generally more intense style of big room techno, his last mix [Stockholm Sessions] was a twin CD pack that encompassed both ends of the techno spectrum. The first was typically slamming, while the second far more focused and house driven.
Clearly then, our attitudes are somewhat misguided if we are to associate the big Swede with hard. For this release becomes [now] the second that is a little more progressive. Far removed from the DJ tools type stuff he has done previously on DrumCode, this mix features 20 tracks and labels that focus on the more minimal sound. I talk of those like Minus, Mad Eye, Inside, Kompakt and Q Records. The artists are equally diverse including Slam, DJ Minx, The Gadgets, Joel Mull, Cari Lekebusch, Hertz and Beyer himself [Swedish favoritism?!]
Regardless, this is about as far away from DrumCode as I could imagine. But it’s absolutely sensational. The pieces are altogether more musical and fit together in a different but far more cohesive and compelling way. It is less noisy on the whole starting off with a glitchy electro sounding numbers like Dominik Eulberg – Klangteppichverleger Wolle. It picks up towards the middle with slightly more intense material like Tony Rohr – Slowburn and Hertz – Progress while Cari and Adam tone it down ever so slightly towards the end with Motions of Energy and Redemption, respectively. Don’t be confused – there are no Chris Liebing tracks in this mix. Indeed, if his previous stuff was all pit-bull, this then is far more Pomeranian.
The Fabric series have always been about progression and intrigue and this release fits the bill amicably. There is definitely a sense of growing older in this one and I feel that it is aimed at the same people who enjoyed listening to the dirty tough sounds of Adam Beyer not all that long ago – he claims he hasn’t changed his style, rather just broadened his horizons. Either way, I’m really impressed.