Ben Sims To Mix fabric 73

Prolific, eclectic, and always evolving, Ben Sims' name has been synonymous with quality techno for nearly two decades. His enviable career path mirrors the history of twenty years of popular music in the UK, drifting from hip­hop and reggae into the early days of pirate radio, the peak of acid house, and pummeling hardcore. Sims has always been a precocious listener – in his early teens he would DJ his school's disco parties prior to gaining a reputation as an advanced talent on the rave and club circuit – and his experience is reflected in the timelessness of the selections on fabric 73. Beholden to no specific era or genre beyond the power of their pure transportive grooves, on fabric 73 Sims showcases the restlessly creative selections that continue to make him an essential and inspiring DJ for advanced techno listeners worldwide.

Born in Essex, Sims' childhood was soundtracked by reggae, ska, and radio chart music. After being exposed to electro and hearing local kids dancing to a ghettoblaster in a nearby park, Sims got hooked on hip­hop and bought his first turntable setup at the age of 10. Even now, his DJing is influenced by the sampladelic energy of hip­hop, frenetic cut­ups plucked from their surroundings and re­purposed in enhanced form. The ideal of a swaggering MC and the voice as percussive instrument also remains an influence, evident in his canny deployment of exhilarating microsamples in typically instrumental templates.

fabric 73 is full of this vocal detail, with samples folded, creased, and crammed into the spirited techno in a way that suggests a raucous party inside the tunes themselves, and not just occurring amongst those listening. Sims' molecular mixing has a piercing immediacy that doesn't lose sight of musicality, making for an engrossing and impressively fluid listening experience. Heavily influenced by what Sims calls the “perfect and elusive” environment of fabric's Room 2, his long­awaited contribution to the fabric series matches that industrial setting and the depth of experience possible in a dark, sweaty, peaktime room.

“fabric already plays a special role in my life as an DJ as it's one of fave places to play but now the mix cd takes it to the next level. I'm very happy and excited to be a part of the series and cement our relationship further.” – Ben Sims

fabric 73 was mixed live in sections, with Sims then poring over details, adding edits, and stitching the various parts together in Ableton to form a master mix. Sims' longevity reflects familiarity with a vast trove of techno's musical history, but this mix showcases his ever­evolving tastes, containing predominantly new and unreleased material as well as favourites from 2013. fabric 73 is a cratedigger's dream, with no less than eighteen unreleased tracks and a number of Sims' famed edits, used as transitional bridges but delivering an emotional and percussive wallop that far outstrips their simplicity. In an attempt to make initial listens as immediate as possible, Sims has even refrained from playing out certain unreleased tracks until the CD's official release date.

Drawing on a rich and unparalleled musical history, Ben Sims' fabric 73 is as much autobiography as it is vision of an uncompromising musical future. ­

Words: Aaron Gonsher

Ben Sims will launch fabric 73 at fabric on Saturday, 16th November, alongside Craig Richards, Terry Francis, Planetary Assault Systems (Live), Margaret Dygas, Brandt Brauer Frick (Live) and Toi Toi Musik.

The album is available to pre-order here:


01 Joton - GS 01 [Mastertraxx]
02 Kryptic Minds & Paul Mac - Icon [Tactical]
03 Kirk Degiorgio - Dread [Machine]
04 Alden Tyrell - Wurk It [Clone Jack For Daze]
05 Ben Sims - The Little Jam (Edit) [Theory]
06 Floorplan - Higher (Ben Sims Remix) [M-Plant]
07 Gingy & Bordello - All Day (Robert Hood Remix) [Turbo]
08 Dimi Angélis & Jeroen Search - Monopole (Sims JFF Edit) [A&S]
09 Tripeo - Kienokki (Edit) [Theory]
10 Benjamin Damage - Recursion [50WEAPONS]
11 Ben Sims - Raise Your Hands (Mr G Remix) [Theory]
12 Mark Broom - 133 [Beard Man]
13 MDL vs JR - Belmont (Edit) [Theory]
14 Marcel Dettmann - Corebox (James Ruskin Blueprint Mix) [MDR]
15 Mark Ambrose - Shooting Stars (Fokus Group Remix Edit) [Theory]
16 Robert Hood - Moveable Parts: Untitled 1 (Mark Broom Edit) [M-Plant]
17 Ben Sims - Break Glass (Sims Remix Edit) [Theory]
18 L-Vis 1990 - SDS5000 [Clone Jack For Daze]
19 Sandrien - I Left My Girlfriend In A Club (Edit) [Theory]
20 J Tijn - U U U [WNCL]
21 Nphonix - Tactix (Sims JFF Edit) [Audio Culture]
22 Mike Dehnert - Eigenzeit [Fachwerk]
23 Ben Sims - Break Glass (L-Vis 1990 Dance System Remix Edit) [Theory]
24 L-Vis 1990 - Wires [Clone Jack For Daze]
25 Donnie Tempo - Tazmanian Virus (Sims JFF Edit) [moreaboutmusic]
26 Chicago Skyway - Fall Down (Sims JFF Edit) [unreleased]
27 Chicago Skyway - Ride 3 (Sims JFF Edit) [unreleased]
28 Truncate - Room Mode [Truncate]
29 Truncate - Model 1 [Truncate]
30 Paul Mac - Grind Returns (Ritzi Lee Remix) [Stimulus]
31 Ben Sims - Samurai (Edit) [Theory]
32 Julien H Mulder - Symmetric Timeline (Sims JFF Edit) [Färden]
33 Rod - 90's (Edit) [unreleased]
34 Ben Sims - Something (Sims Beats Mix Edit) [Theory]
35 Terrence Dixon - Minimalism A1 (Ben Klock Remix) [Sino / Technorient]
36 Ø [Phase] - Distracted [Token / N.E.W.S.]
37 Ben Sims - Dream State (Edit) [Theory]
38 Ben Sims - Raw Hide [Theory]
39 Pfirter - Ahora (Sims JFF Edit) [Mindtrip]
40 Ben Sims - Neurosis (Surgeon Remix Edit) [Theory]
41 Clouds - Chained To A Dead Camel [Overlee Assembly]
42 Fokus Group - Nut Nut [Pennyroyal]
43 Ben Sims - Joyrider (Trevino Remix Edit) [Theory]
44 Special Request - Broken Dreams [Houndstooth]


Saturday 16th November

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