Shackleton – Fabric 55

February 24, 2011

There are exceptions to every rule, and here are two cases in point.

I usually don’t like mixes that jump hyperactively from track to track; I’d rather have the dj pick out his or her favorites and let them play through. And I’m usually suspicious of mixes that include more than one or two of the dj’s own tracks; if I’m interested in the compilation in the first place, it’s probably because I know the dj’s own work and want to learn what else he or she listens to, is influenced by, and loves.

But this mix by Shackleton provides the exceptions to both of those rules. Here, he weaves 22 of his own compositions — some of them previously-released, others to the best of my knowledge unheard before — over 75 minutes into something completely new and original. With rapidly-shifting beats, and vocals fading in and out, it drives like a demon, from Kether to Malkuth, from station to station, just like David Bowie used to do.

The Fabric series contains many great entries, and this is definitely one of them.

Shackleton, “Busted Spirit”

Shackleton, “Deadman”

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