"Predicting the future is worthless; creating it is all I really care about. As long as there is great music which I can discover each week then I look no further than that." It's a timely sentiment from Erol Alkan, who celebrations his 20th year as a DJ this week with the release of FabricLive77. Before the release though, Dazed have a 30-minute techno-leaning set from the album launch party, held at Fabric a few weeks back.
As soon as the snare kicks in on opener Partial Arts' “Taifa” (The Emperor Machine Remix), you know that Alkan's headed in a blistering direction. "Fabric's been the influence which runs throughout (FabricLive 77)," he explains. "I imagined it being played in Room 1, with the crowd fully engaged and where I could take it."Then there's the spacey-laser-beam-sounds and techno mastery of Josh Wink's “Talking To You” – a huge underground club-banger in waiting. Later, in “Be Above It” Alkan mutates the psychedelic rolling drums of Tame Impala into a tech-stomper. "I immediately heard the entire remix in my head before I had started it," he says. "I needed to make a version I could play which sat amongst other strange, unworldly acid records I love." And the current state of electronic music? "In a very good place. I feel it's the best it's been for five or six years. The variety and depth of electronic music coming from all over the world is testament to that."