Source Direct - FABRICLIVE Promo Mix

It's a classic understatement to open an introduction such as this by saying that Source Direct's music means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But it's true. Having surpassed seminal reputation years ago now, the duo are consistently name-checked by artists in and outside of drum & bass as real inspirations. Theirs was a very poignant kind of drama when it emerged; a playfully experimental formula that's just lasted and lasted. To this day some of their earliest music still sounds futurebound, like it could fully still be out there somewhere, treading an avenue that people are still fully scared to properly explore or embrace.

Or as Harry Sword, writing for The Quietus puts it:
"This was music steeped in dark romance; brooding, foreboding and cold, unbearably tense. Check 'Stonekiller' – a colossus of clammy-backed fear, like being stalked through the twisting, flicker-lit basement alleyways of Hong Kong's dilapidated Chungking mansions by machete wielding gangsters, through the kitchens with the live hens, past the gambling dens and barbers. Truth be told it's a bloody nightmare of a track, and one that illustrates the fact that, though often black as night, Source Direct never gave into the base nosebleed aesthetics that came to dominate drum & bass just a few years later. Their music was beautiful and, as they scarcely left the studio and were uninterested in pursuing the breakneck DJ schedule of many of their contemporaries, they had the time they needed to craft it to perfection."

One half of Source Direct, Jim Baker, is now back and regularly DJing again and ahead of appearing here in Room One on Friday as part of S.P.Y's Back to Basics party, we're overjoyed to be able to host this exclusive mixtape from Baker himself. As you can imagine, for fanboys like us, this is quite the coup and as such it comes partnered with a gloriously in depth interview (which we lifted Sword's words from) over on The Quietus, which he highly recommend you go and read once you've pressed play on the soundcloud player below. In it Baker reveals his plans for new music whilst talking about the early days and the fractures that lead to the duo's eventual split.

Download: Source Direct - FABRICLIVE Promo Mix

No tracklist given.

Read Harry Sword's interview with Jim Baker of Source Direct over on The Quietus, here.

Friday 1st August

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