Can the Fabric mix series really be on it’s 43rd installment? Yes, it would seem. The latest producer(s) to step up to the decks and craft us a mix are Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani, better known under their Metro Area moniker.
I for one am surprised that this is the first time they have been asked to contribute, especially when you bear in mind their influence on electronic music over the last few years. Having spied the tracklisting, I can tell you that the more obvious disco sounds associated with the duo have mostly been left behind and they instead take us an journey into that much maligned chapter of musical history – the mid 1980′s. Knowing a thing or to about that period myself, I can tell you there is plenty of experimental, unique and – most importantly – good music to be found there – it’s not all Jennifer Rush and Pat Benatar.
There are a couple of more well known artists like Heaven 17 with their groundbreaking Penthouse And Pavement, as well as songs from Devo and Voyage. But on the whole, it is the not so familiar; Atmosphere, Plez and World Premiere, as well as certain Baby Oliver (rumored to be none other that a shy Morgan Geist) where the really interesting stuff will be found. I for one, am very excited.
01. Babla’s Disco Sensation – Ghar Aya Mera Pardesi (Intro)
02. World Premiere – Share the Night (Breakdown Mix)
03. Ministry – Work for Love (Dub Mix)
04. The Disco Four – Move to the Groove (Instrumental)
05. Skratch – You Should Have Known Better (Instrumental)
06. Barbara Norris – Heavy Hitter (Dub Version)
07. Gary’s Gang – Makin’ Music (Dub Mix)
08. Voyage – Souvenirs
09. Five Special – Why Leave Us Alone (Long Version)
10. Ray Martinez – The Natives are Restless
11. Dreamhouse – I Can Feel It
12. Mascara – Baja (Instrumental Dub Version)
13. Play by Numbers – Cloud Nine (Ready Mix)
14. Midway – Set it Out (Funky Breakdown Mix)
15. Heaven 17 – Penthouse and Pavement
16. Data – Blow (Remix)
17. Atmosphere – Swede’s Scandal
18. Wiretap – X-Rated Man
19. Plez – I Can’t Stop (Acid Rainforest Mix)
20. Baby Oliver – Feelings 2
21. Jean Luc Ponty – Open Mind (Special Dance Mix)
22. Premiere Class – Poupée Flash
23. Devo – Freedom of Choice
Fabric 43 – Metro Area is released on November, 11th in the UK.