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Fabric 58:Craig Richards presents The Nothing Special

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The long reigning king of fabric celebrates his unique programming concept as Craig Richards presents The Nothing Special for the next installment of the compilation series. As musical director, Craig Richards has not only defined the musical output of the world’s most iconic nightspot but in doing so has shaped British underground music. Craig has been with fabric since its birth and has revolutionized the concept of a residency. Always allowed complete freedom to invite artists and program them around his own regular weekly performance, his forward-thinking attitude has been a guiding light on the musical horizon. The Nothing Special allows his versatility to shine through further as he invites his most admired live acts to Saturdays at fabric for an irregular series of obscure affairs featuring the likes of Shackleton, Deadbeat, Pole and more.

“After an eleven year residency at fabric I wanted to create a night that required me to play all night around Live acts, setting the scene for each one as the evening progresses. Playing a gentle deep warm up for Moritz Von Oswald, or a twitchy electro set before Dopplereffekt, or a disco set before Emperor Machine, all of which I am capable of because of the variety within my residency.”

An avid collector of vinyl, Craig Richards spent his early years saving to buy records through takings from his own barbershop within a vintage clothing store before moving to New York and LA during the birth of house music. In 1987 he landed a place at St. Martins School of Art in London, just as acid house fever descended on the Capital. These early experiences fashioned a deep passion and broad knowledge of music that led him, a somewhat private and reflective character, to become a true cult figure for a generational movement.

“The Paradise Garage was full of freaky people, the music was louder and clearer than I had ever heard in my life. I´m certain that limited access to underground music throughout my formative years has given me an ability to seek and discover. There was no real way of hearing alternative music apart from going to nightclubs. This was really the only way of having a relationship with music other than the nonsense they played on the radio.” 

Label: Fabric
Cat no: fabric115
Web: www.fabriclondon.com
Distribution:
Released: Monday July 11th, 2011

Tracklist

  1. Two Lone Swordsmen – Rico’s Helly [Cacophony]
  2. Carl Finlow – Reprise [Seventh Sign]
  3. Melchior Productions – Come Closer (Dub) [Playhouse]
  4. Gemini – The Sound [Minifunk]
  5. Housey Doingz – Flying Saucers [Wiggle]
  6. San Proper & Awanto 3 – Black Burger [Rush Hour]
  7. Arne Weinberg – My Testimony [Technoir Audio]
  8. G-Man – El Jem [Swim]
  9. Conscious Minds – Expressions [Tyrant]
  10. Eco Tourist – Magelonic [Ifach]
  11. L.I.E.S. – Comeback Dust [Echovolt]
  12. Joel Mull – Leaving Ground [Läsk]
  13. Marcel Janovsky – Vamos A Otro Piso [Regular]
  14. Loop Hotel – Room 201 [Loop Hotel]
  15. Conforce – Rare Education [Meanwhile]
  16. Johnny Fiasco – Kalimba [Klassik Fiasco]
  17. Convextion – Premiata [Down Low]
  18. Maurice Fulton – Space [Transfusion]
  19. Semtek – Lotos Eaters (Neville Watson Remix) [Don’t Be Afraid]
  20. $tinkworx – Los Gatos Lloros [Delsin]

In 1997 he formed Tyrant with Lee Burridge and together they held long-standing and infamous residencies at The End in London and The Bomb in Nottingham. Craig undertook the first episode of the fabric mixes (voted no 12 best compilations of the decade by Resident Advisor) and no 15 as Tyrant, once Lee had begun to trawl the globe. Meanwhile Craig gained notoriety for remaining in one place, slowly changing the shape and pace of dance music from fabric’s unassuming booth. The Nothing Special reflects the diversity and steadfast nature he is renowned for and echoes his obscure and considered approach to his craft. Starting back in the mid 90s with Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood’s Two Lone Swordsmen guise the mix ebbs and flows in a timeless manner taking in rare cuts from Conscious Minds on his own Tyrant label, Housey Doingz from fellow fabric resident Terry Francis’s Wiggle imprint and an unknown cut from early Chicago legend Gemini, whose work is notoriously difficult to license. With most choices unfamiliar, the mix is typical of Craig’s bold approach and resolute manner and imparts untold rewards after close inspection.

“New records are not always great because they are new. As much as is possible in eighty minutes I have attempted to give an honest insight into what I do. One of the greatest lessons learnt at Art school was to embrace the concept of failure whilst trying new things. All artists must appreciate this. I don´t like the idea of doing what is expected of me. I play what I feel and entertain the dancefloor but I don´t work for the people on it. I would prefer to consider myself a chef not a waiter.  I play records I believe in and try to thread them together to make a story if sometimes it doesn´t work that’s OK.”  

The Nothing Special at fabric: 25 JUNE 2011
ROOM ONE: Claude VonStroke, Terry Francis, J Phlip

ROOM TWO: THE NOTHING SPECIAL… Craig Richards, 2562 (LIVE), Conforce (LIVE)

ROOM THREE: VIZUAL RECORDS… Joshua (Iz), Asad Rivzi

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