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DJ Format - Fabriclive 27

DJ Format Fabriclive 27
DJ Format - Fabriclive 27
(CD) Fabric Records Fabric54, 2006-04-17

Tracklisting :
01. DJ Format - 33% B-Boy
02. Ugly Duckling - U. D. In Brasil
03. Lyrics Born - Do That There
04. DJ Format Ft. Abdominal & D-Sisive - 3ft Deep
05. Cut Chemist & This Kid Named Miles - SNT [Live At The Peace Pipe '93]
06. Coldcut - Beats & Pieces
07. Aspects - Bristol Fingers
08. Jimmy Smith - Root Down And Get It
09. Mr Lif Ft. Edan - Get Wise '91
10. Nostalgia 77 - Changes
11. Ella Fitzgerald - Sunshine Of Your Love
12. Marsha Hunt - Hot Rod Poppa
13. Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours - The Slip
14. Nina Simone - Save Me
15. Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll & The Trinity - Indian Rope Man
16. Julien Covey & The Machine - Sweet Bacon
17. We The People - Breakdown
18. Ellen Mcilwaine - Toe Hold [Live At The Bitter End, New York]
19. Karachi Prison Band - Put Some Grit In It
20. Ruff Francis & The Illusions - Give Me Mercy
21. Linda Perry & Soul Express/Eddie Billups - I Need Someone
22. John Murtaugh - Slinky
23. Ananda Shankar - Dancing Drums
24. Cleo Laine - Night Owl
25. Edan Ft. Dagha - Rock And Roll

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Press Release :
Matt Ford, formally known as DJ Format, comes straight outta 'Hampton. Southampton. Maybe not the glorified upbringing that's likely to be expected from a rising hip hop pioneer, but Format is plenty appreciative of his past. His background is a charming reflection of how he came to be the guru who now stands proudly behind a mastered set of decks, his tool of choice being a record box bursting with previously undiscovered gems and an enviable stack of his own EPs, LPs and remixes.

"There was only one record shop in Southampton that would get imports, you know, decent hip hop. It kind of brings out the nerd in you being into hip hop in the late 80s in someplace like Southampton cos you had to hunt stuff down; even with newly released music, you had to put the work in. That's probably where I got the ethic from." - DJ Format

After years of getting his fingers dirty digging through dusty crates, the vinyl fanatic found himself falling into a production groove, thanks to an absorbed dedication and persistent drive. It was that very drive that got him behind the wheel of Jurassic 5's van on their first UK tour, which perhaps helped to steer his direction further. Shortly after hooking up with J5's Chali 2na and Akil, he managed to snag P.I.A.S. under his belt, and subsequently fired out two massive LPs from his holster - 'Music for the Mature B-boy' and 'If You Can't Join 'Em…Beat 'Em.' His celebrated collaboration with Canadian MC Abdominal has spun him around the globe and back on tour. He's touched down just about anywhere and everywhere except…well, Fabric.

"Eventually my agent sorted this gig out, and no kidding, I get there and there had been a power cut, the fire alarms were going off. Literally, I grabbed my record box to go in and everyone was in the street. So when I went in and did the photoshoot in the club just now, that was the first time I've ever been in there. But yeah, hopefully by the time the mix comes out I'll have played in the club finally." - DJ Format

'FABRICLIVE 27' is a fiery mix that could ignite any club atmosphere - a delightfully engaging juxtaposition where Ananda Shankar meets Lyrics Born and Def Jux gets introduced to Ellen Mcilwaine. The mix kicks off with Format's own funk-charged '33% B-Boy,' hops smoothly into scratches and loops from Ugly Duckling, and cuts to Lyrics Born's attention-stealing, freewheeling, hypnotizing, mesmerizing technique of setting words to flight. On '3ft Deep,' Abdominal and D-Sisive charm the bassline with their playful eloquence, illustrating their audible synergy with Southampton's favourite producer. Just as the mix seems dominated by beat juggling, b-boy breaks and cut n paste samples, Nostalgia 77 alluringly sweeps in with his beauteous 'Changes.' Thereupon Format transports the mix back to a time when the roarin' 60s soul movement was in full swing, when Ella's slinky phrasing and powerful intonation ruled the charts and Nina Simone's passion and tremolo were righteous reasons for celebrity status. The mix sublimely exposes modern hip hop's unsung influences as it soars alongside the masters' masterpieces. The soul-drenched blend is fuelled by wah wah guitars, jazzy syncopations, funky basslines, emotive vocals, wailing, jazz organs, crashing symbols, wild snares, bold brass blares, and even a sitar. It ends with the lavish contralto of Cleo Laine easing the way into Edan's genre-clashing 'Rock N Roll,' proof that all those "music back in my day…" musings are as irrelevant as the whereabouts of a producer's upbringing. It's all relative. As Ms Fitzgerald once said - "It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts."

Press Release (french) :
Matt Ford, plus connu sous le nom de DJ Format, vient tout droit d'Hampton. Southampton. S'il n'est pas aussi glorifié que les autres pionniers du hip-hop, Format est largement respecté. Son histoire est une charmante réflexion sur la façon avec laquelle il est devenu ce gourou qui, aujourd'hui, se tient fièrement derrière ses platines, accompagné de son record bag éclatant de pures pépites et d'une très enviable collection de ses propre EP, LP et remix.

Après des années à fouiller de ses doigts salis par des caisses poussiéreuses, ce fanatique de vinyles s'est retrouvé à faire de la production, avec courage et détermination. C'est cette détermination qui l'a amené à accompagner Jurassic 5 sur leur première tournée britannique, ce qui l'a peut-être aussi aidé à façonner son style. Peu de temps après ses collaborations avec Chali 2na et Akil de J5, il a tapé dans l'œil de PIAS : résultat, deux dangereux LP : 'Music for the Mature B-boy' et 'If You Can't Join Em... Beat 'Em'. Puis, c'est en travaillant avec le canadien MC Abdominal que sa réputation fait le tour du monde. Très vite, partout où il passe, il se fait remarquer et bien sûr… … à La Fabric.

"Finalement mon agent arrange la date, et sans blague, j'arrive là et il venait juste d'y avoir une coupure d'électricité, les alarmes à incendie venaient de s'arrêter. Moi j'ai vraiment pris mon sac de disques et j'y suis entré, alors que tout le monde était encore dans la rue : c'était la première fois que je vivais ça. Mais ouais, petit à petit le mix a démarré et j'ai enfin pu jouer dans ce club."

'FABRICLIVE 27' de DJ Format est un mix brûlant - qui pourrait mettre le feu à n'importe quelle atmosphère de club - dans lequel Ananda Shankar rencontre Lyrics Born et où Def Jux est introduit par Ellen Mcilwaine. Le tout décolle avec le très funky '33% B-Boy' de Format, sur des scratches et des boucles très douces d'Ugly Duckling, entrecoupés des prouesses de Lyrics Born.

Sur '3ft Deep', Abdominal et D-Sisive charment la ligne de basse avec leur éloquence espiègle, illustrant leur synergie sonore avec le meilleur producteur de Southampton. Juste au moment où le mix semble dominé par le beat, les breaks de b-boys et les samples cutés, Nostalgia 77 débarque avec le magnifique 'Changes' : Format mène alors ce mix vers une époque où la soul 60' était en pleine forme, où la puissante voix d'Ella régnait en haut des charts et où le tremolo de Nina Simone lui donnait un statut de star.

Vous l'aurez compris, ce mix présente subtilement les influences musicales du hip-hop moderne.

La composition de ce mélange hip-hop/soul hautement inflammable : guitares wah wah, syncopes jazzy, lignes de basse géniales, vocaux sensibles, orgues jazz, cuivres cinglants, et même de la cithare. Tout cela se termine sur le somptueux contralto de Cleo Laine et le 'Rock N Roll' d'Edan, preuve que l'on ne suit pas toujours les chemins tout tracés.

Car comme Miss Fitzgerald le dit un jour : "ce qui compte, ce n'est pas d'où vous venez, mais où vous allez !"


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