Each Fabriclive mix is an opportunity to showcase talent, and Jimmy Edgar brings more than one skill to the table. The multifaceted artist – DJ, producer, Ultramajic label owner, amongst other titles – has nurtured the same style of sound since his 2004 ‘Bounce, Make, Model’ release via Warp. Despite there being another release predating it, this was the first official set of tracks with a clear musical presence that could be distinguished as Edgar’s own. These traits are immediately recognisable and adopted in much of his repertoire, such as computerised vocals (‘I Wanna Be Your STD’, 2004) and piercing drum machine kicks (‘Let Yrself Be’, 2012), with both having grown in confidence and maturity in Edgar’s music over the last decade.
Brought up on a musical diet of Prince and Detroit Techno, the outcome is tinged an unmistakeable shade of purple, incorporating unadulterated vocal samples and plenty of synapse hi-hat claps. All of this is present in the ‘Fabriclive 79’ mix, and sewn into a cohesive whole thanks to Edgar’s smoother-than-smooth mixing techniques, the skill that proved him to be a serious contender during his mid-teen years.
Despite his migration to Berlin a few years ago, Edgar’s Detroit heritage is deeply rooted within this mix. It opens with a homage to the city’s Techno heyday, featuring Terrence Dixon’s ‘The Electric’ and Patrice Scott’s ‘Raw Fusion’. Towards the mix’s mid point Edgar’s own ‘RS2000’ explores the sounds and techniques which seem to be passed solely through the Detroit bloodline. The native sound of Motor City Techno is also a characteristic flavour of Edgar’s label, Ultramajic. Plenty of forthcoming material is included in the mix, with highlights including his own ‘Tik Tok’ and good friend Crystal Bandito’s ‘Feel So Free’. Along with Crystal Bandito’s tracks are two debuts from Kris Wadsworth and a Housier cut from Danny Daze.
Edgar also treats us to two collabs. ‘Submission’ is a joint venture with Truncate (also known as Audio Injection) which could almost be lifted from an old, forgotten Model 500 release. The eleventh track is ‘Walk Show’, a collaboration with the late Teklife player himself, DJ Rashad. Here illustrates a perfect marriage between two distinct styles – Edgar’s tinny Techno with nuances of groove blended with the immortal sound of footwork.
For any of us sitting on the fence, Edgar’s FABRICLIVE 79 mix has won us over in displaying his ability as not only an authentic producer, but a prime DJ and an advocate of good music through his Ultramajic imprint. Ten years on, Edgar continues doing something truly unique, and doing it well.
‘Fabriclive 79’ is out 19th January via Fabric. You can pre-order it here.