With so many differently-produced tracks, certain thematic groupings are inevitable on Fabric 59, to keep aesthetic hiccups to a minimum. To that effect, the first section oscillates around lightly funky, laidback house, segueing every few minutes into a new permutation or style. The transition between "Madame Hollywood" and Jones production "Assimilation" provides a bit of a lull, but moves quickly enough to avoid excessive mid-mix fatigue. In the final rounds, Jones just slaps down off-kilter classics and lets them more or less run their course. Both are tied together, naturally, with Jones' own varied output in the form of productions, remixes and one original contribution (the sinister bend of "The Lows").
There's very little gristle in these 65 minutes, but some new and old standouts include Crazy P's "Open for Service," a serious late-summer bit of disco funk that makes perfect sense alongside the more soundtrack-y, AOR-disco of Panthers' "Goblin City," complete with unexpected guitar solo wigging out on top. It's all House Music, Mr. Jones tells us, and it all fits together—from the dark, yearning, urbane gospel of "God Sent" to the sweet, almost tender "Get Up Disco;" from Karen Pollard/Pollack's jazzy 90's stomp "You Can't Touch Me" to the final drawn-out chords of Footprintz' obvious-but-killer Depeche Mode homage "Fear of Numbers." Many DJs suffer from monotony and overspecialization while some seem guilty of over-reaching their stylistic grasp. Jamie Jones has navigated his way to a solid balance between the two, and with Fabric 59 he's honed the crowd-pleasing tip of his aesthetic to a very fine point indeed.