Fabric 64 (Fabric)
Stacking up 16 of your own compositions that were done in a hectic two-month span following the breakup of a long-term relationship was a huge gamble for Israeli tech-house producer Guy Gerber. While Ricardo Villalobos, Omar-S and Shackleton have all done mixes for London nightclub Fabric, with their own tracks, Gerber’s emotive, introspective and sometimes revealing collection is far and away the best of the bunch.
Rather than digitally stitch together other artists into a cohesive arch for his mix, Gerber finds solace in his own apprehensions, emotions, fears and desires. There is an understated softness and vulnerability to the tracks that offer a snapshot into the producer’s life at that time.
Although the songs were created in a condensed time period, they don’t feel rushed; rather they have a common thread of meticulously crafted melodies, whisper soft vocals, crisp drum patterns and drowsy bass lines that pulls the concept of the album together.
Easily one of the best releases of the year so far and a real standout among Fabric’s long-running series.