TOTD // 27/10 // Hessle Audio

Published: October 27, 2016, words by Mitchell Green

Part of the #savefabric takeover


When we sat down to think of a pool of artists we’d like to contribute to our #savefabric Tracks of the Day takeover, these three artists were the first to spring to mind. Having held down a residency at the club since 2009 with their label Hessle Audio, Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Pangaea’s work is tightly woven into fabric’s history. Hessle Audio would take over different rooms inside the venue, occasionally even taking over the entire club, bringing artists such as DJ Bone, Objekt, Jackmaster, Kassem Mosse, Shackleton and Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir along for the ride. They were essential in bringing people from all over the world through the venue’s doors, which have unfortunately been shut in our faces due to Islington Council’s recent decision.

In the face of this devastating blow to UK night culture, all three elements of the trio have expressed their dismay. fabric lent their support to the label extremely early on and gave them the space and freedom to explore their sound, and each of the label’s founding members have recorded entries in the esteemed fabriclive mix series. When viewing the trio’s careers individually, Ben UFO has built himself up as a remarkably prominent DJ with a firm base in radio and a stress on varied, eclectic selection, Pearson Sound has built up a back catalogue full of forward-thinking, unique music since his first release in 2006, and Pangaea has just released his debut album, ‘In Drum Play’, standing out to us as one of the highlights of the year so far.

Each member of the trio flourishes in their own unique way, however, when DJing as a unit their skill and dedication to their craft is illuminated in a different manner. A certain fluidity exists within their selection process that somehow bridges the gap between their different approaches as DJs. All three members of the trio have been firm favourites here at Watch the Hype since our very first post, so it is a true pleasure to have them onboard.

Today Hessle Audio show their support for fabric once again, digging up four tracks that conjure fond memories of the club; ranging from Pangaea’s ‘Hex’ to Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Wheel’.

Ben UFO plays Bristol In:Motion on Saturday 9th December. We’ll be there with our All Ears campaign. Reserve your earplugs for the night here.

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Untold

Bones (Joe Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This track was being played on dubplate (when we were still cutting!) for a couple of years before its eventual release on Hemlock, circulating initially in the period after we began our residency in Room 3 at the club. It felt hugely exciting to be playing music in this legendary space, and especially to be representing new music written and produced by our friends, most of whom were also regulars at the parties. People were making all this interesting, weird and banging music which seemed to exist in the spaces between dubstep, grime, house and techno. This track sums up the energy at those early parties, where it felt like often the music that got the best reactions was also the weirdest and most adventurous.”
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Pangaea

Hex

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“In 2011 we moved into Room 1 together for the first time for David’s Fabriclive CD launch party. It felt like a significant year. People like us who had come through the dubstep scene but were very much on the fringes were obviously doing something quite different by this point; starting to work in the house and techno world and in larger club spaces like fabric. But still, the music being made wasn’t one thing or the other. This one sums up energy of the parties that year – crowd reactions from ‘drops’ and sudden switches, with that frantic, off kilter energy rooted in broken soundsystem music, but music that was also being made with house and techno club spaces in mind.”
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Dizzee Rascal

Wheel

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Ben and David’s first opportunity to play in Room 1 came when Numbers were invited to host the room in 2010. The lineup, featuring Karizma, Roska, Jackmaster and Hard House Banton perfectly encapsulates that time when house was beginning to dominate on pirate radio, but the music policy at the Numbers parties was always broader than that. The response to this tune towards the end of the night, primarily from the crew of Glaswegians in the front row, was extraordinary – the sound of fifty people hammering on the railings separating the crowd from the DJ booth, until the inevitable reload.”
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LFO

Blown

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Ben played this at the end of his set at the celebration of the club’s 15th birthday in 2014, playing the set after Âme and Dixon, and before Matthew Jonson on the Sunday afternoon. The night took place a couple of weeks after Mark Bell tragically passed away following complications during a medical operation. An incredibly beautiful record, and one that very few soundsystems in London could hope to do justice to – in fabric’s Room 1, it felt almost overwhelming.”

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