Alan Fitzpatrick creates a masterful edition to the Fabric CD series

Artist : Alan Fitzpatrick
Title : Fabric 87
Label : Fabric
Release : Out Now
Genre : Techno

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About 2 months ago, I read something very unusual on Alan Fitzpatrick’s FB artists page. The CD which started him down the DJ path was a progressive house one: Sasha & John Digweed – Northern Exposure. Its a great CD, don’t get me wrong, but my first thoughts were, as he’s a techno artist, wouldn’t Billy Nasty’s ‘Journeys by DJ’ or a Carl Cox FACT mix have been your catalyst? Then I read what he wrote about those CDs transcending time, and that it was that he was striving to achieve from his new Fabric Mix and my opinion softened.

“I really wanted to deliver a mix that had a timeless quality about it and that contained tracks that people were not very familiar with already. Crucial to achieving this was the special edits that feature in the mix, as well as the exclusive and unreleased material that I was able to include which I hope everyone enjoys listening to.” – Alan Fitzpatrick

Already a universally respected and in-demand producer, Fitzpatrick has succeeded in carving out his own musical niche within the ever-expanding genre of techno, drawing high praise from peers and tastemakers across genre divides for the vibrancy, originality and inventiveness that has come to characterise his music.

A mainstay at Drumcode since 2009, Fitzpatrick is also a go to producer for labels such as BPitch Control, Hotflush Recordings and Hypercolour, as well as being invited to remix Roisin Murphy and Leftfield. He is a regular guest at a long list of high profile clubs across the globe and an alumnus of the coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, attracting fans from all over the world with his trademark tough, hooky grooves and incendiary beats moulded together with cerebral moments of emotive melody. And its those trademarks that set Alan aside from a multitude of techno producers.

Starting atmospherically with Charlotte de Witte’s ‘Weltschmerz (Melodic Theme)’ on Tiga’s Turbo label, things start off sedately with an ambient call to the dance floor. The opening salvo of tracks aiming to seduce the listener rather than pummel them into submission. Previous Fabric favourites Scuba, Roberto and Trucate (with Jimmy Edgar) form a groovy tribal rhythmic carpet onto which Fitzpatrick deftly adds nuance and tension.

Theres moments of exhilaration, and nods to the old school with two Fitzpatrick numbers rubbing shoulders mid set. He then ramps things up to a satisfying conclusion with incendiary beats from 2000 and One, Psyk and Iiaro Alicante before applying the breaks for a thoughtful and considered ending with his own remix of “Bullets” by Drewxhill.

Tracks
01// Charlotte de Witte – Weltschmerz (Melodic Theme)
02// Scuba – All I Think About Is Death (Radio Slave Atmos)
03// Marcel Fengler – Zen
04// Roberto – Triage
05// Truncate & Jimmy Edgar – Submission (Truncate Rework)
06// Mike Dehnert – Wokabeat
07// Reset Robot – Lolly Pop (4am Mix)
08// Audion – Mouth to Mouth (Scuba’s Orbital 93 Mix)
09// Bjarki – Windy Cindy
10// Markus Suckut – Untitled #3
11// Alan Fitzpatrick – Where Haus?
12// Alan Fitzpatrick – 1992 (Boxia VIP)
13// Mike Dehnert – Meckwiki
14// Monoloc – TrySome
15// Reset Robot – Pressure (Roman Lindau Remix)
16// Psyk – Stigma
17// Alan Fitzpatrick – Eyes Wide Open (Mark Broom Edit)
18// Ilario Alicante – Forward
19// Operator – Flat Rotation Curves
20// 2000 and One – Wrangel Calling
21// Session Restore – Speak Out
22// Alan Fitzpatrick – End Theme (unreleased)
23// Drewxhill – Bullets (Alan Fitzpatrick’s Lights Up Remix)

If thats not enough, Alan Fitzpatrick will be on punishing 19 date tour with the album. Starting at Fabric in London on the 16th April.

Dates
Apr 21: BARCELONA (ES) City Hall
Apr 22: PARIS (FR) Concrete
Apr 23: MADRID (ES) Fabrik
Apr 28: GLASGOW (UK) Sub Club
Apr 29: SHEFFIELD (UK) Arch 9
May 01: BRISTOL (UK) Motion
May 04: BERLIN (DE) Wilde Renate
May 06: AMSTERDAM (NL) De Marktkantine
May 07: BRUSSELS (BE) Fuse
May 13: MILAN (ITA) Dude Club
May 14: NAPLES (ITA) Duel Beat
May 19: SEATTLE (US) Q Club
May 20: SAN FRANCISCO (US) Public Works
May 21: NEW YORK (US) Output
May 22: WASHINGTON DC (US) Soundcheck
May 24: CORDOBA (ARG) Macabi
May 26: SANTIAGO (CHILE) The Bunker
May 27: BUENOS AIRES (ARG) Crobar