Arrived at Fabric at about 1am, met Mike (TottallyOff) and his gf Libby who were already in the line, queued for about 5 minutes, checked coats and went straight down into room 1 where Craig Richards was starting to get the crowd going. We hung out there for a while but it was feeling a little slow so we headed over to chill by room 2 where Terry Francis was handing out a much more driving kind of set .. entirely appropriate, given Rolando was due on after him.

Not quite sure on timings, I think we headed back to room 1 about 2.45 thinking it was going to be the start of Ivan's set, however it was Isolee (live) which I enjoyed immensely. Missed a tune I was particularly looking out for - Schrapnell - but not to worry, we were heading over to room 2 for ...

DJ Rolando: classic detroit techno, full of rolling thunder in the bass lines with sustained melodic chords tempering the pace and shifting the moods. Awesome. Didn't hear him drop his own production, the absolutely classic techno gem 'Knights of The Jaguar' (which i had been secretly hoping for ... ah well) as we left a bit before the end of his set to check out Chateau Flight in room 3. Have to say, all in all very good - mixing slightly off at times but excellent track selection, ridiculously bouncy, smiling music - well it was until some point near the end when some kind of funky house record made an appearance, we took one look at each other and scampered for the safety of ivan's crunchy tech in room 1. Ivan quickly had us bouncing around very nicely indeed with his unique flavour of slightly twisted tech house. Fortunately the crowd had started to thin out quite a bit by this stage and so we had plenty of room to dance, ideal.

Mike and Libby decided to take off at about 5.30am, I decided to stick it out till the close as I was enjoying it and wasn't feeling tired at all. Fortunately a friend of a friend spotted me as i was wandering around upstairs after they de-vip'd it shortly before 6am, a nice surprise as I hadn't realized she was back from Australia (and only for the weekend at that!) - she'd also decided to stick it out to the close when the rest of her crowd left, in the name of making the most of her one night out in London before heading off to Greece for the rest of the summer. So we headed back downstairs for (we thought) the last little bit of Ivan's set.

Ivan, ahh ivan. Trust Ivan to save the best records until AFTER he was supposed to have already finished his set ... a friend described his last set at The End with the words 'and then he let the acid take him' - which was pretty apt for the 6am-7.30am close part of his set which was - absolute quality. And unlike that last End set when i felt he slightly lost the plot and let it wander a bit too much, he kept it more focused, repeatedly letting the crowd think he was settling into a pattern and then springing surprises. Hats off again monsieur s, a bit of a relief too after his slightly disappointing Fabric 23 mix CD. (not a terrible CD but a bit spoiled by the inclusion of an absolute abortion of a track, The Kills - 'No Wow' halfway through)." />
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Isolee, Rolando, Chateau Flight, Ivan Smagghe@ Fabric, London
by Metro: 07-23-2005


Arrived at Fabric at about 1am, met Mike (TottallyOff) and his gf Libby who were already in the line, queued for about 5 minutes, checked coats and went straight down into room 1 where Craig Richards was starting to get the crowd going. We hung out there for a while but it was feeling a little slow so we headed over to chill by room 2 where Terry Francis was handing out a much more driving kind of set .. entirely appropriate, given Rolando was due on after him.

Not quite sure on timings, I think we headed back to room 1 about 2.45 thinking it was going to be the start of Ivan's set, however it was Isolee (live) which I enjoyed immensely. Missed a tune I was particularly looking out for - Schrapnell - but not to worry, we were heading over to room 2 for ...

DJ Rolando: classic detroit techno, full of rolling thunder in the bass lines with sustained melodic chords tempering the pace and shifting the moods. Awesome. Didn't hear him drop his own production, the absolutely classic techno gem 'Knights of The Jaguar' (which i had been secretly hoping for ... ah well) as we left a bit before the end of his set to check out Chateau Flight in room 3. Have to say, all in all very good - mixing slightly off at times but excellent track selection, ridiculously bouncy, smiling music - well it was until some point near the end when some kind of funky house record made an appearance, we took one look at each other and scampered for the safety of ivan's crunchy tech in room 1. Ivan quickly had us bouncing around very nicely indeed with his unique flavour of slightly twisted tech house. Fortunately the crowd had started to thin out quite a bit by this stage and so we had plenty of room to dance, ideal.

Mike and Libby decided to take off at about 5.30am, I decided to stick it out till the close as I was enjoying it and wasn't feeling tired at all. Fortunately a friend of a friend spotted me as i was wandering around upstairs after they de-vip'd it shortly before 6am, a nice surprise as I hadn't realized she was back from Australia (and only for the weekend at that!) - she'd also decided to stick it out to the close when the rest of her crowd left, in the name of making the most of her one night out in London before heading off to Greece for the rest of the summer. So we headed back downstairs for (we thought) the last little bit of Ivan's set.

Ivan, ahh ivan. Trust Ivan to save the best records until AFTER he was supposed to have already finished his set ... a friend described his last set at The End with the words 'and then he let the acid take him' - which was pretty apt for the 6am-7.30am close part of his set which was - absolute quality. And unlike that last End set when i felt he slightly lost the plot and let it wander a bit too much, he kept it more focused, repeatedly letting the crowd think he was settling into a pattern and then springing surprises. Hats off again monsieur s, a bit of a relief too after his slightly disappointing Fabric 23 mix CD. (not a terrible CD but a bit spoiled by the inclusion of an absolute abortion of a track, The Kills - 'No Wow' halfway through).


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