DJ Spinbad collects a wide selection of dancefloor fillers. Every track is recognized as a classic and will be familiar to hip-hop fans. The golden age is well represented with each of its major players supplying a track. None of these tracks are rare mixes or hard to come by, but they flow together nicely and make for a good party album. Spinbad doesn't overdo his presence on the album. His scratching doesn't upset the flow and is subtler than you'd expect. The emphasis seems to be on quality of the original tracks and the cohesiveness of the entire album. Spinbad flexes his muscle on Run-D.M.C.'s "Peter Piper" and creates the most memorable track on the album. The fat kick drum with Spinbad's manipulation of classic Run-D.M.C. samples is a no-brainer. It sounds good and solidly reworks some well-worn territory. The album seems to complete the lazy hip-hop collector's party crate. The 45 King's "The 900 Number," Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines," and the Sugarhill Gang's " "Rappers Delight" are all classic 12" singles that may not be as accessible to casual hip-hop fans but are perfectly blended here. They're all in one place, mixed well, and do not have the stiffness of old-school rap compilations. Spinbad brings together tracks that are already well respected but rarely appear all in one place and mixed with such style. The value of DJ Spinbad's Fabriclive. 14 is in its flow and style. With the lavish packaging, it's literally a party in a can.
by Matt Whalley