The don of the dubwise breaks scene finally gets to press his handprint in the FabricLive walk of fame.
The latest FabricLive CD sees Tayo attempting to connect the dots between different social strata of low-frequency enthusiasts. One Nation, Under Bass? "Basically what I'm trying to do is show that the breaks that you hear in Room One of Fabric would also fit with the stuff that you might hear down at FWD, or at a Hollertronix night," says Tayo. "There are records that straddle the borders."
Tayo founded the London club night Friction in 1997 alongside then-unknown DJs Rennie Pilgrem and Adam Freeland, which became the the foundation for the future of the three as godfathers of nu-skool breaks. Nowadays Tayo juggles his label Mob Records, a show on Radio One (‘In New DJs We Trust’) and a periodic dub-centric night at Fabric called ‘Cool & Deadly’. ‘FabricLive 32’ is Tayo's eighth (!) comp since 2000, including two outings in Distinct'ive Records' ‘Y4K’ series and a crack at Functional Breaks' ‘Beatz & Bobz’.
A glance at the tracklist reveals the dreadlocked DJ pulling wax from upfront all-stars Aquasky and Baobinga, dubstep hero Skream, baile funker Buraka Som Sisterna, as well as tossing in his own dubby co-productions with Acid Rockers Uptown and Care In The Community. “This mix is a celebration of breakbeat culture and bass culture," says Tayo. "It's me being into everything and trying to make it make sense over seventy minutes."
’FabricLive32’ mixed by Tayo tracklist
01. Tayo Meets Acid Rockers Uptown – Dread Cowboy
02. Ursula 1000 feat. Sista Widey – Step Back (Deekline Remix)
03. Tayo and Undersound feat. Edu K – Putaria Toda Hora
04. Blaqstar – Tote It
05 Stereotyp meets Al Haca – Blaze 'N' Cook (Radioslave Remix)
06. Buraka Som Sistema – Com Reispeito - Enchufada
07. Aquasky feat. The Ragga Twins – Ready For This (Baobinga Mix)
08. Tayo meets Baobinga – Choppa Riddim
09. Bassbin Twins – Woppa
10. Si Begg – Move Up (Club Mix)
11. Tipper – Open The Jowls
12. Buckfunk 3000 – Jump
13. Benga – Comb 60's
14. Tayo and Care In The Community – Dutty Bomb
15. Marc Adamo – Vicious Exit (Volum Remix)
16. Elemental – Soul Fire
17. Sarantis feat. Warrior Queen – More Than Money
18. Skream – Lightning
19. Digital Mystikz – Neverland
20. Rob Smith – Loveage
21. Digital Mystikz – Anti War Dub
‘FabricLive 32’ mixed by Tayo is out on Fabric Records in February. FabricFirst members get first dibs on February 6, the UK and EU sloppy seconds on the fifteenth, and as usual the U.S. finishes last five days after that.