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No Secret Technology : Fabric Sat 24th February

Reported by Tristan Ingram on February 14, 2008


Saturday 24th FEBRUARY 2008

Craig Richards, Tobi Neumann, Hector, A Guy Called Gerald (LIVE)
Terry Francis, Radioactive Man, Mark Broom
g-HA, Olanskii, Ost & Kjex (LIVE)
Tickets: £16 / £12 (NUS/fabricfrist Members).
Advance tickets are available from
Times:  10pm until 7am

Since the late 1980’s Manchester native Gerald Simpson has proven to be among the most innovative modern music figures of the past 20 years. The global dance music scene owes him a huge debt and, as any producer will agree, his influence on the course of dance history is undeniable. From his early experimentation with techno and acid house through to his ground breaking contributions to jungle and drum‘n’bass, his art and craft has perpetually evolved over the years. Early exploration of tape editing and drum machines led to regular jams in the attic of his house and in turn to the formation of the Hit Squad, a Manchester hip hop collective. The Hit Squad released, to much critical delight, the "Wax On The Melt" 12”, a collaboration with Graham Massey and Martin Price - with whom he would later form 808 State. This brief collaboration spawned the long-player “Newbuild” and their biggest hit “Pacific State.” At the same time, Gerald, using the A Guy Called Gerald moniker, had started to work on his solo projects and unwillingly scored a huge chart hit with UK acid house classic “Voodoo Ray.”
Be it in the 4/4 or breakbeat realm, his insistence on pushing rhythms forward has produced startling results. From 1992 to 1998, Gerald ran and released seminal and scene-shaking music on his own label, Juice Box Records. Gerald has gracefully sowed the seeds of the transformation of rave into jungle, releasing under various other pseudonyms such as The K.G.B., and Bushmaster, and in collaboration with artists including Ricky Rouge, Lisa May, DJ Tamsi and Goldie (as The 2 G's). It was his arguably best-known album, “Black Secret Technology (1995) that heralded a new era in UK breakbeat. Later, his “Essence” album again shifted directions; this time transforming the stereotypically aggressive drum‘n’bass sound into soulful arrangements, with an array of guests and featured musicians such as Louise Rhodes (Lamb), Lady Kier, David Simpson and singer-songwriter Wendy Page. He took the live band on the road in 2001 and toured the US and Europe. In 2002 a move back to Europe inspired his seventh LP, recorded between London and Berlin, “To All Things What They Need” (2005, !K7 Records), which featured long-time collaborator Finlay Quaye and the sublime poetry of Ursula Rucker.
More recently Gerald launched his own labels Sugoi and Protenchson in 2005 with further releases on Split Recordings and Sender Records the following year. He’s currently working on the “Proto Acid - The Berlin Sessions” series of releases, which sees raw original club tracks mixed live meticulously into one fluid movement; a result of years of experimentation at private club sessions where he has literally taken his studio to the people. Expect another intimate one-off performance from Gerald at fabric. 

Joining A Guy Called Gerald and our resident Craig Richards in Room 1 is Tobi Neumann and Phonica Record’s resident selector-turned-producer Hector. Neumann was a founding member and producer of art/sound hybrid Chicks on Speed. He’s held down residencies at the Cocoon nights in Frankfurt and Ibiza since 2001 and at Robert Johnson, Weekend and Watergate in Berlin, Cocoon @ Amnesia (Ibiza) and here at fabric for a number of years. In 2007, Tobi decided to return to the studio to focus on his latest project “Sensitiva”; collaboration with Onur Özer. Their first release, on Dutch label 100% Pure, is scheduled for the end of March 2008. And there are further recordings in the pipeline, as Tobi Neumann and Glove, also scheduled for 2008.

And after the appearance of Clarence at the last Matinee event, this launch night will see an exclusive Live PA from one of the rising stars of the Spanish club scene, Rebeka Brown. Rebeka made a name for herself wowing countless crowds at Space Ibiza and many global Matinee parties, and is considered one of the most vocal figures in the Spanish house scene with her amazing ability to drive audiences into her inner universe, full of energy, madness, and glamour. In 2005, she released the massive European club anthem “Sun Rising Up’’ and currently her single “Rain Love/Maniac” is burning down dance floors across the capital.

Fabric is also delighted to welcome Oslo’s Sunkissed to Room 3 as the Scando disco cadets unleash their particularly fertile sound of Norwegian electronica and cosmic space-funk. After a string of excellent records on Planet Noise, Dialect Recordings, Crosstown Rebels and Punkt, the oddball duo Ost & Kjex (a.k.a. Cheese & Biscuit, a.k.a Tore Jazztobakk and HI FI Haavik) are back at fabric for another live show purveying their quirky audio acrobatics, blips, bleeps and crunch, joining the Sunkissed residents G-Ha and Olanksii. Perhaps Norway's most respected house DJ, G-Ha sailed the warehouse scene alongside Derrick May and Laurent Garnier long before house music's commercial explosion. Olanskii’s sound meanwhile, well, in his own words…

“Is sometimes referred to as ‘skrangle house’ or ‘Scandomentalism’ but perhaps best known as ‘sleazyfunkyfuckedupcutnjackin’elctrodiscominimal-dubacidorganicness’…I think. It’s certainly more of an attitude to house than a specific sound. Grab a pinch of everything, from minimal to maximal, dub to overdub, chopped to straight and blend it to chunky-smooth perfection. As long as it’s funky and the girls go wild I’ll be thrashing the house like a monkey.”

Meanwhile, resident Terry Francis teams up with fellow UK heavyweights Keith Tenniswood and Mark Broom in the cavernous space of Room 2. Keith has just put the finishing touches to the latest Radioactive Man LP, ‘Growl,’ due for an imminent release on Control Tower Records, and no doubt will be showcasing new and exclusive material.