Fabric might have, sadly, closed its doors forever, and become nothing more than a truly cherished memory—something for the reanimated corpse of Stuart Maconie to mention on I Love the '10s—but luckily, the mix series keeps rolling on. Which is great because it's up there with table tennis, and the invention of the wheel as a testament to mankind's innate brilliance.
The most recent DJs to step up to the plate are Bristolian bass-obsessives Kahn & Neek, whose powerful and pulverising fabriclive 90 drops tomorrow. If you like your mixes to come with some serious heft, you're in luck. Featuring the likes of Gantz, The Bug, and Commodo, it's a seriously weighty affair.
"It took around six months to get all the material together for the mix, including exclusive tracks from artists we have become good friends with over the years," they told us. "Certain sections stick to a traditional DJ mix but it also moves outside of what we would usually play in a club setting. This has allowed us to craft the mix into a richer offering, showcasing music from other projects we're involved in outside of Kahn & Neek."
We've got an exclusive stream of the Bandulu records' boy's very own "Damascus"—which is taken from the mix—right here.
Now you've heard that, check out a quick interview with the lads themselves.
THUMP: Obviously, we'll need to start with thinking about fabric's closure earlier in the year. Do we need to see it as the symbolic death of something, or the chance to rebuild and restructure club culture?
Khan & Need: We think it's an example of how out of touch certain people in power are of the importance of club culture in the UK. Fabric was just the latest victim of the re-shaping that's going on in London that is killing off a lot of what makes the city an interesting place to be in. People will always adjust and find a place to experience the culture in some capacity but when even the most legitimate and well run nightclubs—like fabric—are getting shut down, it forces everything back underground where, in theory, the Met Police and the council are going to be less able to regulate it and provide protection to people, which is presumably their main intention in all of this. It brings into question how the government views nightclubs and dance music culture, and makes it apparent that there's still a long way to go with regards to acknowledging the cultural and societal significance of institutions like fabric.
How did you react when the bigwigs from Farringdon slid into the DMs and asked you to put the mix together?
"noodz or gtfo" Where do I need to be, and what do I need to be doing, to get the most out of the mix?
Moping about in your local goth club supping a couple of ice cold frothies with your gender-neutral bredrens checking out the cyber prawns. [No, we aren't sure either-Ed]
Is it the best thing the pair of you have ever done?
It's certainly a landmark for us and not something we never expected to be asked to be involved with, so it's been a really good experience. Lastly…describe, if you can, the reason why mankind finds tight mixing and good blends perpetually satisfying…
It's probably all to do with science or something innit. Loose mixing and abrasive eclecticism can be just as fun though..
Fabriclive 90 mixed by Khan & Neek is out on the 18th of November