Tayo

Fabriclive.32

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DJ Tayo has been a force to be reckoned with in the London underground club scene since he helped to midwife the breakbeat movement. His contribution to the Fabriclive series finds him happily blurring the boundaries that separate house, dubstep, breakbeat, baile funk, and techno while maintaining a constant undercurrent of bass-heavy dub running throughout the proceedings. The first half of this album is absolutely brilliant: Acid Rockers' "Dread Cowboy" and Loot & Pillage's "The Curse" are mixed together to create a nasty funk-dub medley, which quickly segues into some lovely and light-footed dancehall reggae courtesy of Ursula 1000 Ft. and Sista Widey, which is then followed by some bubbling Braziliana from Undersound. The complex Latin funk of Buraka Som Sistema's "Com Reispeito" leads into some more Jamaican dancehall from Aquasky and the Ragga Twins, but then things get a little bit soft. The remainder of the album is lots of fun, but doesn't quite meet the standard set during the first half of the program. The nifty vocal manipulations on "Jump," by Buckfunk 3000, come close to jump-starting the proceedings again, but Marc Adamo and Elemental both contribute rather pedestrian tracks and Warrior Queen's gratuitous slackness on "More Than Money" doesn't help matters. Digital Mystikz flirts productively with junglism on the very fine "Neverland" and Rob Smith eases the listener out with the deeply dubwise "Loveage" near the end, and the final result is a very good DJ mix that could easily have been spectacular if more carefully selected.

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