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Fabriclive.01 Review

by Andy Kellman

James Lavelle contributes his installment of the FabricLive series, a series of mix albums showcasing Fabric, a popular London-based club that opened in 1999. The title is somewhat deceptive, as this disc merely exemplifies what Lavelle spun during his residency there, rather than providing an actual live set. Throughout the course of 70 minutes, the Mo' Wax honcho runs through a selection that looks more diverse on the cumbersome packaging than it actually sounds. That's both a credit and a discredit at the same time; it's impressive to see Lavelle move from the heavy breaks of South's "Broken Head II" to Bushwacka!'s zipping "Feel It" in such a short frame of time (while starting it all off with the blue-eyed soul/psych of Rare Earth's "Get Ready"), but it still comes off as being rather safe. (Other tracks come from the Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Green Velvet, Howie B., and Radiohead.) The very slight arc of the set, which can be visualized by flattening a piece of paper that was once folded in half, seems to have been planned out prior to the selection of any of the tracks; there's the very gradual build to bangin' fare, and then there's the very gradual recline back into the laid-back. As someone who has been a DJ since his adolescence, Lavelle is undeniably an accomplished and seasoned figure behind the decks. However, for all the lunges made in the name of diversity, FabricLive.01 is more like a drive through the middle of Ohio than the roller coaster ride it could have been.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
James Lavelle 00:27 Amazon
2 James Lavelle feat: Rare Earth 01:17 Amazon
3 James Lavelle feat: The Psychonauts 03:49 Amazon
4 James Lavelle feat: DJ Shadow 01:10 Amazon
5 James Lavelle feat: DJ Shadow / Divine Styler 04:40 Amazon
6 James Lavelle feat: South 01:09 Amazon
7 James Lavelle feat: The Chemical Brothers 01:52 Amazon
8 James Lavelle feat: Howie B 07:17 Amazon
9 James Lavelle feat: Orbital 03:24 Amazon
James Lavelle 05:06 Amazon
James Lavelle feat: Forme 03:20 Amazon
12 James Lavelle feat: Altitude 02:29 Amazon
James Lavelle feat: Peter Dildo 01:56 Amazon
14 James Lavelle feat: Green Velvet 02:39 Amazon
15 James Lavelle feat: Animated 02:04 Amazon
16 James Lavelle feat: FC Kahuna 03:38 Amazon
17 James Lavelle feat: Morel 02:18 Amazon
18 James Lavelle feat: Echomen 02:32 Amazon
James Lavelle feat: Landmine Spring 03:38 Amazon
20 James Lavelle feat: Peter Lazonby 03:38 Amazon
21 James Lavelle feat: Medway 02:54 Amazon
James Lavelle feat: Bushwacka! 03:37 Amazon
23 James Lavelle feat: Radiohead 04:38 Amazon
James Lavelle feat: UNKLE Amazon
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