A FABRICLIVE mainstay since the opening night, Ali was offered his residency immediately after playing at the venue's pre-launch press party. A vinyl-hunter long before he knew what DJing was, his music industry background included working at Acid Jazz Records and spells as Press Officer to the Plump DJs, Norman Jay and Gilles Peterson. He was once resident DJ at the Blue Note in Hoxton Square.
"Capturing fabric's Friday nights is hard because there are so many different sides to it. I tried to include the more funk-driven breaks I'd spin in the early part of a set, before getting a little harder, a little deeper and mellowing out at the end. I included a lot of American breakbeat from artists like DJ Icey, Tony Faline and Mike and Charlie. I think their sound has had quite an impact on the UK breaks scene. " Ali B
Comfortable in any of fabric's three spaces, Ali's break-centred sets commonly expand to include rare groove, funk, hip hop and soul. A varied collection of straight-aimed breaks, this mix exhibits Ali's underground interests, moving from Shakedown's huge hooks, through DJ Icey's bass-drenched drops to Mr. Scruff's blissed-out breakbeat and Ils' string-tinged, foundation-threatening 'Next Level'.