Flava D


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British DJ/producer Flava D (Danielle Gooding) has been somewhat of an underdog since she first hit the scene as a grime producer during the late 2000s. Her profile increased when she began releasing U.K. garage and bassline house tracks on labels like Butterz in 2013, but many of her original tracks and remixes were digitally self-released. Fabriclive.88 is her first commercially released mix CD, and it's an excellent showcase for her boundlessly energetic style. Within the disc's five-minute intro alone, she seamlessly switches between brooding grime, bouncy rave pianos, and disco house before properly launching into the mix. The energy level rarely lags throughout the disc's 30 tracks, as it keeps jumping from one ecstatic peak to the next. Roughly two thirds of the tracks were produced, co-produced, or remixed by Gooding, so it's no surprise that the quality level is so consistent. Other selections include cuts by Terror Danjah, Swindle, My Nu Leng, and Flava D's regular collaborators DJ Q and Royal T. The mix generally sticks to fast-paced beats and wobbly bass, occasionally punctuated by the type of MK/Todd Edwards-esque chopped-up vocals standard to much U.K. garage. A few grime MCs such as D Double E and Stush make welcome appearances, and two songs are graced by the sugary-sweet vocals of Miss Fire. The mix is overwhelmingly cheerful, but not in a garish, cartoonish way like most happy hardcore. Only during the disc's final tracks does it seem like Flava D is getting a bit more reflective, but the tempos remain punchy even as the disc heads for a comedown.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Flava D 05:00 Amazon
2 Flava D 02:26 Amazon
3 Flava D feat: Taiki Nulight 02:25 Amazon
4 Flava D feat: Riddim Commission 01:49 Amazon
5 Flava D feat: Champion 01:49 Amazon
6 Flava D 01:56 Amazon
7 Flava D 03:08 Amazon
8 Flava D feat: Majestic 02:27 Amazon
9 Flava D 01:40 Amazon
10 Flava D feat: D Double E 01:55 Amazon
11 Flava D feat: DJ Q 02:23 Amazon
12 Flava D 02:23 Amazon
13 Flava D feat: Moksi 02:23 Amazon
14 Flava D feat: My Nu Leng 02:51 Amazon
Flava D feat: Swindle 02:22 Amazon
16 Flava D feat: Development 02:50 Amazon
17 Flava D feat: Royal T / Deadbeat UK 01:56 Amazon
18 Flava D 01:40 Amazon
19 Flava D feat: Notion 01:55 Amazon
20 Flava D feat: Miss Fire 03:01 Amazon
21 Flava D feat: Holy Goof 03:20 Amazon
22 Flava D feat: Terror Danjah 01:40 Amazon
23 Flava D 02:37 Amazon
Flava D feat: Distro 01:26 Amazon
25 Flava D feat: Champion / Slick Don 03:08 Amazon
26 Flava D feat: Tuffculture 03:38 Amazon
27 Flava D 01:55 Amazon
28 Flava D 03:50 Amazon
29 Flava D feat: T.Q.D. 02:53 Amazon
30 Flava D 03:32 Amazon
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