Immersed in the city's soundsystem culture, Kahn & Neek first joined forces around 2006 throwing underground parties with friends playing grime, dubstep and reggae. After honing their craft as DJs and moving into production, Kahn & Neek have released - together and individually - on Warp Records, Tectonic, Deep Medi Musik, Punch Drunk, Hotline Recordings, Idle Hands and their own Bandulu label. Whether working together (they also craft soundsystem steppers under the Gorgon Sound moniker), collaborating with Young Echo collective or solo; a dark, stripped down weight pervades the atmosphere of everything they do.
Their experiences of fabric begun with the grime and dubstep heavy line ups that graced Room 2 around 2007, highlights including Mala and Virus Syndicate. Neek remembers even then he “couldn’t wait to play there myself one day”. Their first chance came playing at a Butterz night and since took over Room 2 with their own Bandulu Records label: “a momentous event for us”.
“As big clubs go in London it is definitely the benchmark for how it’s meant to be done, it is such an important venue to so many underground music scenes from the UK and around the world.”
The mix, recorded at Kahn’s house in Bristol, includes a number of their own productions, collaborations and remixes; heavyweight selections from The Bug, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Commodo and Gantz; music from Young Echo collective artists Jabu, Chester Giles, Rider Shafique, ManonMars and Ishan Sound; and exclusives by Boofy, Hi5Ghost, Gemmy and Lamont.
“It took around six months to get all the material together for the mix, including exclusive tracks from artists we have become good friends with over the years. Certain sections stick to a traditional DJ mix but it also moves outside of what we would usually play in a club setting. This has allowed us to craft the mix into a richer offering, showcasing music from other projects we’re involved in outside of Kahn & Neek.” - Kahn & Neek
The mix concludes with Kode9 & The Spaceape’s timeless version of Ghost Town, an appropriate commentary on the current troubles faced by the capital's nightlife.
01. O$VMV$M - Thin Joe [NoCorner]
02. Jabu & SKRS – BwoyTestVIP [NoCorner]
03. ManonMars - Nuke The Threat [Unreleased]
04. Gantz – Shaitan [Unreleased]
05. Kahn - Polar ft. Rider Shafique (Gantz remix) [Unreleased]
06. Mungo's Hi Fi ft. Charlie P - Rules Of The Dance (JD remix) [Scotch Bonnet]
07. Lamont & Boofy – Walkin’ Round ere [Unreleased]
08. Gantz - Temple Meads [Unreleased Exclusive]
09. Ishan Sound & Rider Shafique - Highest VIP [Unreleased]
10. Boofy - LVX93 [Unreleased]
11. Pinch & Kahn - Send Out [Tectonic]
12. Jamakabi - Hot It Up (Kahn & Neek remix) [Bandulu]
13. Jook - Juice [Sector 7 Sounds]
14. TMSV - Shallow Breath [unreleased]
15. O.B.F - Ram Dance [Unreleased]
16. The Bug - Fuckaz feat. Spaceape [Ninja Tune]
17. Youngstar - Bongo (Kahn & Neek remix) [White Peach]
18. Kahn & Neek - Acting The Goat [Unreleased]
19. Gemmy - The Set Up [Unreleased]
20. Hi5Ghost - Scorpion’s Mask [Unreleased]
21. Young H - We A Talk feat. Dread MC & Rider Shafique (Ishan Sound remix) [Unreleased]
22. Lemzly Dale - No Long Talk (Kahn & Neek remix) [Sector 7 Sounds]
23. Commodo - S Is For Snakes
24. Kahn & Neek - Damascus [Bandulu]
25. Jabu - Hungry Ghosts feat. chester giles [Unreleased]
26. VMOS & Boofy - Dial Tone [NoCorner]
27. Sir Spyro - Topper Top feat. Teddy Bruckshot, Lady Chann & Killa P (Kahn & Neek remix) [DEEP MEDi MUSIK]
28. Kode9 & The Spaceape - Ghost Town [Hyperdub]
FABRICLIVE 90: Khan & Neek is released on 18th November 2016
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