Fabric 72 – Rhadoo
Label: FabricScore: 7.5/10
Rhadoo’s Fabric mix has a surprisingly uncanny knack of getting under your skin; if you were to leaf through the London superclub’s illustrious mix CD history, the a:rpai:r man may not be one of the names that would stand out the most, yet somehow a cursory listen often leads to an end to end play-through. As a result, you could easily say that this, the 72nd entry in the series, isn’t a highlight by any stretch, but it is still a rewarding one to dig deeper into.
Although Radu Bogdan Cilinca hails from the Eastern bloc, there is a distinctly Chilean vein running through the rather select tracklist; all but one of the tracks are exclusive to this mix, pieced together with a meticulous sense of detail that you would hear flowing through the sets and productions of messrs Luciano and Villalobos. Sonically, think of the same approach taken with music for prepared piano – where individual strings are manipulated, muffled and sharpened before playing – being expanded to entire ensembles; percussive hits have individual tonal qualities, each melodic note is seemingly placed by tweezer and every texture is woven in by needle and thread.
The opening can be a slight test of endurance and could easily discourage the casual listener; after “Jazzocorason” sets us on our path, starting the mix almost as if being interrupted mid set, Adrian Niculae’s “ConTRASt” is then micro to the extreme. What melodic elements exist could easily masquerade as percussion such is its subtlety, betraying only the merest shifts in pattern as it runs its sludgy course. This effectively sets out the manifesto for Cillnca’s journey, of one that doesn’t reach crescendos, but raises an eyebrow with intrigue.
From there, we segue into the ethereal choral atmospheres of Yourayo’s “Blueprint” and Visullucid’s “Eramarble”, starting to engage momentum after the barebones introduction. After rising to one of few discernible peak moments in the mix, in the shape of Craig Richard’s sharp edged rework of Wulf’N’Bear resurrected “Raptures Of The Deep”, Vincentlulian’s “Rman2” breaks the tension briefly before descending into a percussive, murky and flowing mid-section, that culminates in Petre Inspirescu’s chilling remix of “Let’s Feed The Wolf”.
The mix then peters out rather than reaching a definitive end, adding to the feeling of being a night’s snapshot, of an hour or so lifted directly from Charterhouse Street and placed in your ears. Looking back over the merry dance Rhadoo has led, you remember indistinct landmarks that took you to where you are now, nothing stands out as a picture postcard memory, but you are still left with a satisfying glow inside.