The idea of Erol Alkan — purveyor of psyched-out dancefloor treats and singularity surfing techno — mixing a 'Fabric Live' mix now seems so obvious you wonder how it took up to 77 in the series for him to flex his might. But if it hadn't been for a call in 2000 from Bugged Out! boss Johno Burgess, asking him to make his debut at the club filling in for David Holmes, who'd missed a flight, the present might be very different.
Best of British
It is fitting that Huxley has been made to wait for our coveted Best Producer award until this year. You could argue that the Tring born-and-bred DJ and producer has deserved it in the past, simply because of how many bangers he has churned out in the last five years.
Once again this year it was hard to look past Fabric as the Best Large Club in Britain. By the time most clubs get to the proud old age of 15, as did this former meat market back in October, it’s likely they will have lost some of their original spark — the owners behind them grow old, disconnected and more concerned with paying off mortgages than engaging the youth of the day. But not Fabric.
Just what are the key ingredients to a decent club night? A big name headliner is not nearly enough. A nice club space isn’t either. Even a solid soundsystem isn’t sufficient to carry a party above the competition, given that on any weekend there are hundreds of parties playing out in your nearest city alone, let alone across the whole of the UK. In reality, you need all these things and more, like nice staff, a decent crowd and some solid, well-informed residents.
Despite citing Tiësto’s 'Delerium (In Search of Sunrise Remix)' as one of his most formative record purchases, Josh Butler’s own music couldn’t be further from that of his early trance idol. Creating thunderous club cuts with a phat side serving of soul, Josh Butler’s take on heritage house has enthralled clubbers en masse this year, nabbing him DJ Mag's well-deserved crown of Best Breakthrough Producer.
The results for our annual celebration of underground UK dance music are in! Best of British 2014 has been our biggest yet, with record voting figures and an upscaled event at fabric London that has had the UK scene talking for weeks.
And now the results are in! Jackmaster won the prestigious Best DJ Award and is currently playing a celebratory set at the awards party at fabric in London.
It’s painting cliché upon cliché (always use a double coat) to start our best remix entry with the threadbare saying about how you should never touch a classic. But this case seems doubly shut and closed in the case of Bobby Peru’s ‘Erotic Discourse’, Paul Woolford's 2006 classic piece of minimal mentalism, which worked precisely because its brutal simplicity had virtually no limits in its appeal.
“I love the idea of my records being found in a second-hand record shop in years to come,” ponders Matt Cutler. “Some kid just picking up this mad weird record from a certain time that’s really surprising.”
That’s how the Nottingham-born producer found most of his favourite records after all, rifling through the racks as a young hip-hop obsessive, or being passed old rave tape-packs.
“It’s a neo-political heist film, which I like — it’s pretty smart,” he says. “I’m really working hard at it at the minute, doing lots of action stuff that I’ve never really done before.”
We are now just five days away from our annual Best of British party!
The celebration of UK underground electronic music takes place on Wednesday 17th December at fabric, London and features a set from the UK’s No.1 DJ (winner of Best DJ category) - who will be revealed on the night.
The UK’s Best DJ will play alongside Darius Syrossian, Patrick Topping, Ralph Lawson, Josh Butler, Mak & Pasteman, Mark E, Mat Playford & Brassica.