Various - Fabric 59: Jamie Jones
Tue 20th Sep, 2011 Music Reviewsin
Summer may be just around the corner in these parts, but for wild-haired Welsh producer Jamie Jones, a jam-packed European summer season is just drawing to a close, and with a flash, too.
The coming week will see him continue his residency at Ibiza institution DC10, taking the house and techno sounds of his own Hot Creations and Hot Natured labels to the late, baked summer crowds. He’ll then head to Tamariz in Portugal for a mid-week set, and then to London, where this Saturday he’ll headline Fabric.
It was in the dark depths of the pioneering British club, as a recently transplanted Welsh national, that Jones first developed the loyal following that today sees him lauded as one of the EDM scene’s most exciting names. Regular appearances at Fabric over the past few years have endeared him big-time to Europe’s more discerning, chin-stroking club community, and his relationship with the brand has developed to the point that he’s now been enlisted to contribute to its legendary mix series.
Fabric 59 is a winner to be sure, and showcases Jones’ own varied love of electronic sounds, but fans expecting an intense and bouncy 70 minutes of sounds a-la his much hyped (and much deserved) debut LP Don’t You Remember The Future? might be left disappointed.
But not that disappointed. Over the past five or six years, Jones has showcased on labels like Freak’n’Chic, quality London imprint Crosstown Rebels, Steve Bug’s Poker Flat, Sven Vath’s Cocoon and, more recently, his own labels, that he’s happy, indeed eager, to lead the dancefloor on musical journeys that feature a slew of sounds.
While it’s quality house and techno that might first come to mind when Jones’ name comes up, he shows on this new Fabric release his ear for melodic downtempo grooves, catchy nu-disco, pop-tinged vocal remixes, and tracks by lesser-known and up-and-coming artists. The result is a fantastically accessible mix.
Jones’ own Hot Natured project kicks off proceedings in the form of Time Intro, before French producer Sebastien Tellier’s La Ritournelle is given the remix treatment by pop darlings Metronomy. The top shelf, late-night, head-in-hands-inducing Is This Something by Coat Of Arms follows, before Cajmere and Jamie Principle’s wicked God Sent Me washes through, complete with dirty bassline and playful vocal. Felix Da Housecat’s 2002 classic Madame Hollywood follows, and then the funk continues with Waifs & Strays’ Body Shiver.
Jones varies the tempo soon after. The energy is still there, yet he appears to delve into his own, after-hours tastes a little, shifting the mood but doing so seamlessly and without sounding self-indulgent. Nottingham nu-disco group Crazy P feature in the form of their new single Open For Service, taken from their forthcoming LP When We On, to be released on Ralph Lawson’s 20:20 Vision imprint. This change in groove works; Danielle Moore’s upbeat vocal is altogether brilliant, evoking for the first time on the mix a laid-back, summery feeling, one maintained by the disco-edged Holy Ghost remix of Panther’s Goblin City which follows.
Chipping in his own track The Lows, Jones then gets ultra soulful in the form of Get Up Disco by little-known soho808. It’s a smooth, sexy and emotional vocal layered over deep bass and the perfect warm up for the 80s-inspired mix closer, Fear Of Numbers courtesy of Montreal-based Footprintz.
So, to repeat, Fabric 59 is not all bangers and mash; to have chipped in 17 dark thumpers would have been far too easy for Jones and no doubt led to this compilation being labelled “unadventurous”. Rather, Jones has sought, successfully, to showcase both the variety of sounds currently streaming forth on his own labels and the diversity of talent he himself is seeking to nurture through Hot Natured and Hot Creations.
When matched with quality upfront tunes and the odd gem from yesteryear, Jones succeeds where far too many have failed in the past. A quality mix, in every sense of the word.
fabric 59 is out now on fabric/Balance Music, distributed by EMI.