Unlike HudMo and Rustie, however, Jackmaster has built his rep solely on his DJing skills. To get an insight into the electronic pulse beating at Jackmaster's heart, you'd need look no further than the first three tunes on this mix: The Fantastic Aleems' "Release Yourself," the Juan Atkins remix of Inner City's "Big Fun" and Gregor Salto's "Classic Beat Tool" are vintage slabs of dance music—all of which sound totally distinctive, yet hang together perfectly and are interwoven as tightly as a coiled spring. This fast and furious opening salvo is indicative of the way the 29 tunes are blended together over the hour. There's no excess fat on this mix. It's a lean, tight, moving machine, which at times is frenetic enough to sound like it's been binging heavily on protein shakes.
There are plenty of highlights—newer bombs from SBTRKT & Sinden, Martyn and Hudson Mohawke stand up to the classic Wookie remix of Sia's "Little Man" and CLS's "Can You Feel It?"—while the array of styles on offer is jaw-dropping. Garage, piano house, Miami bass, grime, foot-to-the-floor rave and jacking house are all crammed into these breathless 60 minutes. The frenetic pace is the only constant, with the only lull afforded to HudMo's "Fuse." It breathes deeply before the rave rocket is re-ignited by Machinedrum.
Anyone who saw Jackmaster slay the final session of Sonar by Day last year—or any number of parties since—should be delighted by this Fabric release. It manages to capture the sweat and sounds of a Numbers party without sacrificing the eclecticism or the wildness. Few other new players can draw the dots between Detroit, disco and Radiohead with such style.