Damian Lazarus

Fabric 54

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Damian Lazarus' contribution to the Fabric series was a long time coming. He was at the London club of the same name’s opening night in 1999 and, six years later, he began DJ’ing there on roughly an annual basis. Overall, the makeup of the selections here are a little leaner than those of Lazarus' other commercially released mixes. The first eight tracks make for a taught warm-up set, highlighted by the menacing, suspenseful Claude Von Stroke mix of Kenny Larkin's “Glob” and Swayzak’s relatively vintage and charmingly bantam “Ping Pong.” After Soul Clap's ambient deep house tune “Break 4 Life,” the mix gets expansive and relatively freewheeling. Several of the tracks themselves are phenomenal, yet the sequencing is not quite as ideal as it was earlier on. After Agaric’s in-flux “Run (Ostern Jam),” Lazarus dispenses with contemporary dance music and pulls up a couple oddball ‘70s tracks in the geeky putter of Su Kramer's “Magic Dance” and two parts of Bill Holt's quasi-political electro-folk sound collage “Program Ten.” For all its fragmentation, Fabric 54 is nothing if not entertaining.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Ryan Crosson
1:25
2
feat: Four Tet
4:19
3 3:23
4
feat: Kenny Larkin
3:16
5
feat: Swayzak
5:29
6
feat: Canson
3:55
7 2:21
8
feat: Roska
3:23
9 3:51
10
feat: The Mole
2:47
11
feat: Cajmere
2:49
12 6:43
13
feat: Deetron
5:52
14
feat: Dubshape / Guti
5:13
15
4:34
16 4:17
17
feat: Lee Jones
4:08
18
feat: Agaric
2:53
19
feat: Su Kramer
4:11
20
feat: Bill Holt
2:02
21
feat: Bill Holt
2:14
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