DJ Hazard

Fabriclive.65

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DJ Hazard's contribution to the Fabriclive series succeeds on several counts. The mix program actually starts out feeling a bit typical and generic -- fun and funky, but kind of ho-hum. But then comes Hazard's own "Cherry Bomb," which is rhythmically weird almost to the point of perversity; the beat is spacious and at times almost abstract, and the track sends a clear message that Hazard is not going to be confined by drum'n'bass orthodoxy. From then on, you never know quite what to expect -- and how often can you say that about a drum'n'bass mix? "Cherry Bomb" segues neatly into the only slightly less weird "Diplodocus [The Upbeats Remix]" by Noisea; elsewhere the beats get subjected to a certain amount of swing (DJ Rowney's excellent "Cheek of It," Hazard's program-ending "Mark Q"), or you'll hear subtle but definite touches of grime ("Ramblers"). There are a few moments of banality: "Do Without You" offers soulful vocals and nicely dubwise atmospherics but also a square and uninteresting beat, and Retronym's "They're Not Human" makes clich├ęd use of horror movie samples. But those pedestrian moments are much less of an issue than they would be if they weren't scattered through such a generally engaging and creative set.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:07
2
feat: Misanthrop / Phace
1:03
3
feat: DJ Devize
1:03
4
feat: Tyke
2:06
5
1:03
6
feat: Tyke
1:45
7
feat: Boosta / Atmos T
0:42
8
1:03
9
feat: Noisia
1:24
10
1:24
11
1:03
12
feat: Malachai / Voltage
1:24
13
1:03
14
feat: Ray Keith
1:03
15
feat: Sub/Zero
1:24
16
feat: Taxman
0:42
17
feat: Konichi
1:24
18
1:24
19
feat: Annix
1:03
20
feat: DJ Rowney
1:24
21
2:05
22
1:25
23
feat: Konichi
1:21
24
feat: Decimal Bass
0:44
25
1:24
26
feat: DJ Devize / Shookz
1:23
27
feat: Boosta / Atmos T
1:03
28
feat: Retronym
1:45
29
feat: Joe Seven
1:45
30
feat: DJ Devize
1:03
31
feat: P.A.
1:03
32
feat: Annix
1:03
33
feat: D Minds
1:24
34
feat: Dirty Harry
1:03
35
feat: Cabbie / Origin
1:03
36
feat: DJ Devize
1:03
37
feat: Konichi
1:03
38
feat: Lynx
1:24
39
feat: Taxman
1:03
40
feat: Funtcase
1:03
41
feat: Dirty Harry
1:03
42
feat: Mampi Swift
1:03
43
feat: Noisia / Spor
1:24
44
1:45
45
feat: Decimal Bass
1:03
46
feat: Level 2
1:45
47
1:45
48
1:03
49
feat: Decimal Bass
1:45
50
2:28
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