A trip to fabric for a night (and morning) of raving bliss is always a special occasion but during the month of February, the London nightclub steered by Craig Richards is really spoiling fans of stripped-back music as they have artists of note appearing on a near-weekly basis. The only hard part is deciding which party to check out.
Starting in earnest on Sunday, February 2nd Berlin-based duo The Ghost will be bringing their jam-packed record bags and irresistible energy to Farringdon’s Room One. The pair have staked their name on the depth of their record bags and music knowledge so an all night long set from them is with doubt going to be filled to the gunnels with leftfield gems and outright house and techno bangers.
Next in line on Saturday, February 15th is the return of Romanian artist Rhadoo, a close friend of the club and Craig Richards his sets are often a bewildering journey through house, techno and minimalism. His skills behind a set of decks is only matched by the levels of finesse he exudes while cutting a swathe through the various genres he uses to paint his audio image. He will also be joined by Sahau who will be making their debut live appearance. The name alone might not be familiar but the individual parts that make up the group will most certainly be. Comprised of Dan Andrei, Kozo and Paul Agripa this collective could not wish for a better maiden voyage than fabric’s Room One. Supplying the essential early vibes will be none other than Ogenblik’s Matteo Manzini. Setting up in fabric’s Room Three will be a takeover from resident Bobby. who will be celebrating Pleasure Club turning two. The man himself will be playing a special B2B with Mariiin & support
The next week Forms welcomes white-hot Dutch house label PIV to Room One where they will be bringing with them a host of artists that have catapulted them to the top of the tree in the last year or two. 2019 was indeed a rather special year for the Amsterdam based imprint where they signed off a hugely successful ADE with 2 sell-out events. On Friday, February 21st they will be taking over fabric’s legendary main room with an impressive clutch of artists that counts Prunk, Chris Stussy, DJOKO, James Dexter, Jaden Thompson, Tommy Vercetti and SUCASA amongst its ranks. For the night, PIV will also be bringing onboard a duo that has had an undoubted influence on the label, all artists that feature on it and the fans that buy their music and that duo is Mood II Swing. Fans of groovy tech house with a distinctly classic US house feel will not want to miss this party.
The very next night the party continues but stepped up a gear as fabric welcome their favourite French trio to Room One for another all night long set. Extended sessions with Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky have always been one of the club’s most prized calendar additions and their takeover on Saturday, February 22nd will perfectly encapsulate why their quick-fire b2b2b sessions are so in demand around the world.
Rounding out the month perfectly is the return of Craig Richards’ Collision party and this month he has in store 2 leading names of the scene. Firstly, is the darling of the minimal scene Margaret Dygas, having been close to the club for much of its history the Berlin-based Perlon artist’s arrival at the club is always a cause of celebration. Taking his place at fabric is Binh alongside fellow Berliner Dygas his sound is a unique is a mix of oddball electro and cosmic techno that has ensured he is highly prized in the minimal world. As with all Collision party’s Craig Richards will be on hand to connect the dots between each guest in his own imitable style.
Not falling within the month of February but a special nod should go to Fuse main man Enzo Siragusa landing at EC1 for an all night long set on Saturday, March 3rd. The London born and raised powerhouse has been at the heart of the stripped-back house movement since 2008 when his Fuse events and later Fuse London and Infuse labels took the scene by storm. Taking control of Room One from start to finish this will allow Enzo to journey to the deepest corners of his record bag and in the process, I am sure there will be a few jungle curve balls thrown in for good measure.