DJ Format's offering to the Fabriclive series has been on release for about a year now but I nonetheless feel compelled to "big it up", as it were. Why? The glorious recent weather and the good time vibes associated with such meteorological wonder. Rejoice Ireland, and let this seamlessly diverse compilation help you raise those pasty limbs high into the air! On Fabriclive.27 Format offers the listener an eclectic cross section of hip hop, turntablism, soul, jazz, rock, funk and swing... The common demonitor of every selection: its guaranteed party rockin' pedigree.
It all begins with "33% B-Boy", a jam of Format's own construction, all heavy beats and deft scratching. Soon after sits another Format track, "3 Feet Deep", featuring masters of the vernacular Abdominal and D-Sisive. Followed chronologically by the old skool nous of Cut Chemist, This Kid Named Miles, Coldcut and Aspects. The follies of Dubya are then vehemently ridiculed by the precision rhymes of "Get Wise '91" - Mr. Lif feat Edan. Within moments Ella Fitzgerald reworks the timeless "Sunshine Of Your Love", her voice soaring above the funky cacaphony of the horn section. Then this effortless segue... "The Slip" - Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours; a fantastic, fantastic group name... To "Save Me", during which a theatrically distressed Nina Simone begs for Batman, The Green Lantern, anyone to aid her in the affairs of the heart... To the punchy union of rock riffage and organ play that is "Indian Rope Man" by Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, & Trinity... Later, we are begged to revel in the debauched possibilities of a nocturnal lifestyle by Cleo Laine during "Night Owl"... Until procceedings are brought to a close by the shuddering beats, bass and rhymes of "Rock 'N Roll" - Edan feat Dagha.
Clocking in at over 70 minutes, this is a dream party compilation. DJ Format understands the subtleties of soundtracking a social gathering, obviously. Play it low and toes will be tapping as the conversation ebbs and flows in time. Play it loud and feel the floor vibrate under a devastation of dancing. Brilliant stuff.
Because I have grown fond of all y'all... The excellent video for DJ Format's "3 Feet Deep":