Rob Da Bank, who founded his own label, Sunday Best, in 1995 and subsequently developed the U.K.-based electronic-music festival called “Bestival,” is eager to showcase music, and that bodes well for a Fabric entry. Fabric 24 offers a nice fix of a little of everything, even if its best jabs are delivered early in the mix, when Rob Da Bank serves up with a stunning four-song series of minimal techno and progressive beats.
Rob Da Bank’s selections for Fabric 24 peak in a colorfully psychedelic blend that moves from the minimal high-hat splashes of Michael Mayer’s “Lovefood” into “Dinamo,” one of two bright, bubbling selections from Nathan Fake. He’s a member of U.K. deejay James Holden’s Border Community, so it’s only natural that Holden’s remix of his Fake’s “The Sky Was Pink” be included here, and its shimmering synths follow the long-hallway echoes and eerie clinks of Triola’s “Leuchtturm (Wighnomys Polarzipper Remix)” nicely.
Phones’ “Wolf at the Door Remix” pulls the floor-tom shuffle out of the Futureheads’ cover of Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love” and replaces it with swirling moog tones and some programmed beats. Rob Da Bank slips this one in a couple tracks before he drops in the lo-fi organ-centered “Single Again” from the Fiery Furnaces. When the guitars and drums enter, it’s as if the nerdy, quasi-horror-movie backdrop and somewhat repetitive vocal melody of the Furnaces’ original have all been forgiven. The Frankie Knuckles exit doesn’t quite match the shoot-off that Rob Da Bank pieces together early on, but most of Fabric 24 at least finds its way into some part of the week’s soundtrack, if not Friday’s.