Danilo Plessow, known best for his work as Motor City Drum Ensemble, reaches globally for inspiration for his 'fabric presents' compilation. As with his monthly radio show 'State of Rhythm' on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM station, Danilo plays with a range of eras, locations and genres, with an emphasis on instrumentation. The format highlights both contemporary and rarer cuts from the 70s, 80s and 90s many of which have never before been digitally released.
"The mix is tilted to the more electronic side, which was something I did on purpose, also as a nod to fabric and the series, but I felt like I wanted my song 'Nightfall' to have a bit of a more loose, live-played feel to it. " Danilo Plessow (MCDE)
The mix was recorded when the planet was struggling with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Danilo asked friends from all over the world what meaning music has for them, then cut their comments into the flow of the compilation. Their statements become ghost voices of a utopia whose relevance seems to be greater than ever in the face of global political and social conflict.
The interplay of styles starts from the off: US composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s quartet merges with the tablas of Franco-Chilean jazz trio SKUAS who hand over to the Berlin techno-dub kings Basic Channel, followed by the New York organist Ray Castoldi aka Scientist. The comp includes both Danilo’s exclusive and delicate ‘Nightfall’ with jazz instrumentalists Francesco Geminiani and Peter Schlamb lending their talents, as well as 'Decay/Sustain/Release' under his project name Basic-Variation. The furious finale, introduced by the french avant-garde rock sounds of Jean-Claude Petit's 'Stones Of Law', leads on to Moonstarr's'Detriot', and concludes with John Kongo's disco-infused 'I'm Dreaming'; the mix and its author are brought back to themselves - a boundless and timeless manifesto, a declaration of love to the unifying power of music.
* these tracks are available on double vinyl
Note: digital products on this page are the mixed tracks - and when played in sequence form the continuous mix. See fabric Records on Bandcamp for a bundle of the full tracks included in this mix.