The best thing about Nina Kraviz’s Fabric album is the feeling of spontaneity she gives you through it, which is surely one the requirements of a good DJ set too. The feeling runs that some of her decisions on the tracklisting were quite hastily made, but that’s not a bad thing, because when the mix arrives at tracks like Biogen’s ‘Lag 38’ it is genuinely difficult for the listener to say what’s going to happen next. She whips up quite a head of steam early on, thanks to the pounding beats of Deli At Night and the like, while the excellent ‘Crash Recovery’ by Species Of Fishes creates a haunting impression. Mike Henk’s ‘Dox-003 Untitled B1‘is a brooding track of note, boosted by the sharp teeth of its bass line, while the choice of ending is a cracker, AFX’s ‘fork rave’ creating a blinding burst of euphoria that rounds off a strong selection including Claude Young, Air Liquide and The Detroit Escalator Co. Proof that techno mixes can be entertaining!
Ben Hogwood
4 out of 5