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Commix – Fabriclive.44

The latest offering from the respected Fabriclive series comes to us courtesy of Cambridge D&B duo Commix. Critically acclaimed for their bravely experimental take on the genre and the first artists deemed worthy to release an album on the legendary Metallheadz label, they have a lot to live up to with this mix. Inevitably they do.

In a genre obsessed with high impact double drops, their focus on melodically complimentary song selection and smooth evolving crossfades makes a refreshing change from the brashness of many D&B sets. The mix is infused with their sound; rich, moody basslines and crystalline melodies underpinned by a pervasive sombre vibe. Kicking off on a warm, organic note with The Life We Live and the heart wrenching Creatures of Habit, the mood is quickly shattered by the arrival of techy heavyweights Causeway and Murderation. An eerie industrial tone permeates most of the mix, with Lynx & Perez’s Dangerous featuring up and coming MC Kemo and Commix’s dubby hybrid Bear Music deserving special attention. The set ends with an interesting combo of old school masterpieces, Yendi and Common Origin, and some experimental nu-school from OAK and Instra:mental.

Commix have said in interviews that they want to push the boundaries of a genre they feel has stagnated. This mix epitomizes the philosophy behind their bold statement of intent. An essential purchase for fans of the more cultured side of D&B, and worth a gander for any techno or deep house fans looking to broaden their musical horizons.

4.5/5

Edd Gent

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