The UK bass innovator is next in line for the acclaimed mix series.
Since his early records on the now-defunct Skull Disco imprint (which he founded with Appleblim in 2005), Shackleton has been at the vanguard of UK bass music. His dark, often tribal sound evades simple categorization, but as with contemporaries like Burial and Kode9, he is frequently described as dubstep. But much in his catalog suggests something different: his most recent album 3 EPs was released on esteemed modern house imprint Perlon, and two of his most loved tracks were remixes for and by Ricardo Villalobos ("Minimoonstar" and "Blood On My Hands," respectively).
With Fabric 55, Shackleton again joins ranks with Villalobos by delivering a set of entirely his own material. According to a press release, the mix was tailored with the London nightclub in mind, and in fact specifically recalls a recent live performance in Room 1. Shackleton explains: “With the mix I’ve made, I have tried to make a set that would best represent the set I played on that night [at fabric], but minus the mistakes. Some of the tracks are re-jigged versions of older material, some of them are new. Some of them will never see a release in any form aside from this. Some of them are not even tracks just coincidental parts merging with each other between tracks. Those are the best bits actually."
"I don't expect everyone to like it," he says. "I know it is not to everyone's taste."
01. Come Up
02. Moon Over Joseph's Burial
03. Hypno Angel
05. Interlude: Blood Rhythm With Wishy Drones
06. Operatic Waves
07. Closeness to Nature
08. Negative Thoughts
09. Death Is Not Final feat. Vengeance Tenfold
10. International Fires
13. Interlude: Point One, Sense It
14. Man On A String (Part 1)
15. Man On A String (Part 2)
17. Busted Spirit
19. New Dawn
20. Something Has Got To Give
Fabric will release Shackleton's Fabric 55 on December 6th, 2010.