If there’s one word that flashes, strobe-like, when London’s Fabric nightclub is mentioned, it is “resilience”. Despite the changing whims of dance music fans over the decades and a much-publicised closure in 2016, this year Fabric is celebrating a double decade of dancefloor dynamite. It has survived in a stifling climate for clubs where few others could. Fabric opened in October 1999 in a former meat storage unit in Farringdon during house music’s first mainstream moment. Flashy superclub Home had opened in Leicester Square a month earlier, with Paul Oakenfold at the helm and a £70,000 marketing spend. But the 1,600-capacity Fabric was outside central London, had a non-commercial music policy and resident DJs – Terry Francis and Craig Richards – who were relatively unknown. Co-founders Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie wanted to deliver not a superclub but a superb club: five-star hospitality with a side of old-school rave anarchy. … [Read more...] about Fabric at 20: can the superclub cling to its crown?
There comes a point in every dance trailblazer's life where he or she begins to move away from the club, perhaps wearying of the all-night lifestyle as they mature. On Re: ECM, it seems it has even come for the notoriously hedonistic Ricardo Villalobos. Appropriately for a man spoken of with hushed reverence among minimal-techno devotees, it is a worthy-sounding project: reinterpreting pieces (by the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and Arvo Pärt, among others) from the back catalogue of modern jazz and classical label ECM. In practice, Villalobos and Loderbauer mostly decorate the originals with tactile pulses, ominous electronic rumbles and dense thickets of percussion. It works better the more they alter the sources: as when Reannounce gives the ululations of Louis Sclavis's original a steamy, tropical backdrop; or in the pools of treated vocals and echoing creep of Retikhiy. But Re: ECM is also subtle to the point of drabness at times, with Retimeless leeching interest from … [Read more...] about Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer: Re: ECM – review
Avicii was an avatar as much as he was a producer. Exploding on to the scene in 2011 with his unabashedly saccharine hit Levels, the Swedish musician born Tim Bergling represented, depending on where one stood, either the best or worst of dance music’s rise in the United States. Just 21 years old at the time of his breakthrough, Bergling was perhaps an unlikely star. All cheekbones and platinum hair, he never seemed entirely comfortable in the spotlight. Friends and colleagues described him as shy and quiet, a sweet kid with the heart of a technician. In interviews, his responses could come off as canned or reticent, as reporters probed for answers from an artist seemingly more comfortable at his computer assembling tracks. But his music was a different story. Avicii was one of the first EDM stars to arrive on the scene fully formed, and he hit just as dance music was for the first time gaining mainstream popularity in the US. Discovered on MySpace by veteran Dutch producer … [Read more...] about Avicii: the poster boy for EDM who struggled with the spotlight
She is being honoured for her outstanding contribution to fashion. And Victoria Beckham proved why she was worthy of such an award as she led the People's Choice Awards red carpet on Sunday in a statement white trouser suit. The 44-year-old stood out in the lightly-coloured ensemble as she attended the star-studded event at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar. Gorgeous: Victoria Beckham was putting on a stylish display in a chic white trouser suit on Sunday night, as she led the star-studded People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica Ever the style icon, Victoria showed off her trim figure in the classic white blazer and matching trousers, teamed with a lace slip-style vest and black heels. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next People's Choice Awards 2018: Mila Kunis, Victoria Beckham... Share this article Share The mother-of-four sported her signature smile with her brunette tresses pulled into a low-key up-do. Victoria's trip to the awards also proved to be a hectic outing as she … [Read more...] about Victoria Beckham shows off her sartorial style in white co-ords as she is honoured for her contribution to fashion at the People’s Choice Awards
Kate Wright pulled out all the stops when she threw her fiancé Rio Ferdinand his lavish 40th birthday party in Manchester on Saturday night. The former TOWIE star, 27, ensured her football pundit beau enjoyed a night to remember, treating him and his guests to a four-tiered gold cake, abundant top-shelf booze, a live saxophone player and even flip-flops for revellers. But Kate also showcased her sense of humour at the bash, held at the upscale Rosso Restaurant & Bar, as she included a gallery of some of the former footballer's more questionable fashion choices over the years, dubbing it 'Rio's worst looks'. Lavish bash: Kate Wright pulled out all the stops when she threw her fiancé Rio Ferdinand his lavish 40th birthday party at Manchester's Rosso Restaurant & Bar on Saturday night Keep your style in check like Kate in a skirt by Topshop Topshop mixed check skirt Shop it here! Visit site With winter well and truly upon us, we're looking for ways to work … [Read more...] about Inside Rio Ferdinand’s 40th birthday bash: Fiancée Kate Wright treats him to a four-tier gold cake, flowing booze and a gallery of his WORST pictures