A-Trak

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From label boss, hit producer, World Champion DJ, trendsetter, genre-mangling party-starter, to blogger extraordinaire, Alain Macklovitch, best known as A-Trak, embodies the full scope of the 21st Century musician-entrepreneur model. At the mere age of 26, A-Trak has had two distinct phases to his winding 11 year career. Stage one: after winning the World DMCs at age 15 (in 1997), he spent years as one of hip hop’s most renowned selectors. After taking over tour DJ duties for Kanye West in 2004, just as he was beginning to combine a bigger variety of sounds into his sets, A-Trak launched into stage two: becoming an undisputed icon for a generation of kids that worship hip hop and dance music alike, and commencing a worldwide boundary-blurring takeover. It all started very early, and developed very quickly, for A-Trak. As a young teenager in Montreal, he would scratch on one turntable for his brother (of Chromeo) Dave’s high school band. He begun practising, “with the discipline of a monk”, and after winning the Canadian, and later World, DMCs found himself an honorary member of Q-Bert’s legendary Skratch Piklz crew. He soon hooked up with DJ Craze and joined another famous scratch troupe, The Allies, and spent half a decade touring as hip hop’s hottest turntablist crew. Five years ago, after a chance meeting with Kanye West at a London in-store, A-Trak performed his first gig with the superstar, without a rehearsal, in front of 12,000 people – and from then on did every show with him for four years. Three years ago, after meeting the rising Chicagoan rapper Kid Sister, A-Trak began dabbling his way into production, which – also by way of happenstance - led to the beginnings of a record label. Ironically named Fool’s Gold, considering how many prosperous treasures it’s unearthed, the label has gone on to become one of the most sought-after imprints on the underground radar: a cross-over idol that’s wildly and unpretentiously united the worlds of club music and hip hop.

"I mixed in some old, classic house records with some newer funk-loop house records that reference the old house records, mixed with some kooky weird Baltimore-ish club edits, mixed with some techno stuff, some slow disco and my own productions. If you see it on paper it looks like a whole mish-mash but the way I put together the mix, it somehow comes together and makes sense. I just looked at it really as a DJ mix: the way that I bring the songs in and the way that I try to put my stamp on it, rocking doubles on some of the records and doing scratch routines and adding layers on top of my edits of the songs, that's what defines its identity. I wanted to let the mix itself do the talking."
A-Trak

On FABRICLIVE 45, A-Trak slams down an unrivalled blend of everything hot, fast, fun and creative in clubland today. Try and fathom how a mix with a tracklist that lurches from Boys Noize and Baltimore edits to Aeroplane and Todd Terje remixes to a nine year old scene-altering UK garage anthem actually fits together. It is this that makes FABRICLIVE 45 one of our most distinctive and jaw-dropping mixes yet – rarely has there been a disc that so epitomizes the style and ability of the DJ in question. A-Trak loops, layers, scratches, doubles-up, re-edits, re-tweaks and does God knows what else to make this mix both cohesive and breathtakingly brilliant.


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Tracklisting:


  1. Listen
    1
    A-Trak
    Say Whoa
    Fool's Gold
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    2
    DJ Sneak
    You Can't Hide From Your Bud
    Classic
  3. Listen
    3
    Boys Noize
    Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
    Boysnoize Records
  4. Listen
    4
    Scott Grooves feat Parliament Funkadelic
    Mothership Reconnection (Daft Punk Remix)
    Soma
  5. Listen
    5
    Voodoo Chilli
    Get On Down
    Cheap Thrills
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    6
    Skepta
    Sweet Mother (House Version)
    Boy Better Know
  7. Listen
    7
    DJ Class
    I'm The Ish
    Unruly
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    8
    Metronomy
    Heartbreaker (Diskjokke Remix)
    Because
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    9
    His Majesty Andre
    Peep Thong
    Cheap Thrills
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    10
    Zombie Nation
    Forza (Original)
    UKW
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    11
    Alex Gopher
    Aurora
    Go 4 Music
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    12
    Dance Area
    AA 24-7
    Phantasy
  13. Listen
    13
    Robbie Rivera
    Move Move (DJ Observer & Daniel Heathcliff Remix)
    Juicy
  14. Listen
    14
    Daniele Papini
    Church of Nonsense
    Media
  15. Listen
    15
    Laidback Luke & A-Trak
    Shake It Down
    Fool's Gold
  16. Listen
    16
    Nacho Lovers
    Acid Life (Nachos 909 Dub)
    Fool's Gold
  17. Listen
    17
    Rob Threezy
    The Chase
    Rob Threezy
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    18
    Friendly Fires
    Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
    XL
  19. Listen
    19
    Fan Death
    Veronica's Veil (Erol Alkan's Extended Re-Edit)
    Phantasy
  20. Listen
    20
    Simon Baker
    Plastik (Todd Terje's Turkatech Remix)
    Ongaku
  21. Listen
    21
    The Martian
    Tobacco Ties
    Red Planet
  22. Listen
    22
    DJ Gant-Man
    Juke Dat Girl From The Back
    Fool's Gold
  23. Listen
    23
    DJ MP4
    The Book Is On The Table
    Musics Net
  24. Listen
    24
    Jamie Anderson & Content
    Body Jackin'
    IDG
  25. Listen
    25
    Raffertie
    Do Dat
    On The Brink
  26. Listen
    26
    DJ Zinc
    138 Trek
    Bingo Beats
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