Over the last couple of years David Kennedy, better known as Ramadanman and, increasingly, Pearson Sound has been busy cementing his position as one of the principal figures in the burgeoning bass music scene. The precocious twenty three year old’s Hessle Audio label, which he co-runs alongside Ben UFO & Pangea, continues to go from strength to strength, whilst his own cuts remain as fresh and forward thinking as ever. Therefore it comes as little surprise that Kennedy has become the latest in an illustrious line invited to offer his touch to the FabricLive series.
Oli Marlow is one of those people who wholeheartedly (and successfully) throws himself into countless pursuits. Head of Press for London super club fabric, founder of Sonic Router, journalist and beatmaker (to name but a few), it’s all for the love. Brainer caught up with the Londoner to talk journalism, the music industry, and what particular toiletries A-Trak has a proclivity for.
The roaring, unstoppable freight train that is the inimitable FABRICLIVE series, from London’s finest super club, thunders on with its 53rd edition – this time with 25 year-old New Yorker Drop The Lime at the helm. Weighing in at 26 songs and just over an hour long, DTL’s new mix for fabric is, rather appropriately, a strong reflection of the state of bass music at the moment. And, with a heady amalgamation of varying styles, Drop The Lime (real name Luca Venezia) has taken a decidedly schizophrenic approach to this mix. Eschewing his trademark, 4/4 bass-heavy sound for the majority of the record, Venezia instead delves into a plethora of genres, delivering a mix suitable for headphones and club-slaying at the same time.
This first compilation under the ironic moniker of ‘Elevator Music Volume 1’, from the gurus at fabric, has sought to give us the Farringdon club’s electronic weather forecast of 2010. We get club-circuit and radio-played veterans like Untold, Starkey and Om Unit flirting with new upstarts including XXXY, Hot City and Julio Bashmore. Hot City and XXXY kick things off with their not so subtle dedications to early house music, conjuring images of evening car drives with dad as a 12 year old, hypnotised by Kiss FM DJs Colin Dale and Colin Faver’s LSD-laced rave anthems. ‘If That’s How You Feel’ deserves a yellow smiley face slapped onto it; the warm synth bridge and sliced vocal loop seamlessly intertwine, anticipating the charged up acid drop.