Surgeon - fabric 53 Digital

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These days, in the insulated world of electronic music, the cyclical journey from obscurity to oversaturation to insignificance (and, of course, back again) often happens in the space of a year. It's all too easy to get numbed by minutae or otherwise lead astray away by the fickle whirlwind of hype. Rummaging through the 15 year discography of the unrelenting, steadfast techno legend Surgeon - and tracing the vast odyssey of his creative exploration - breeds a rare feeling of discovery. And genuine artistry. Surgeon (a.k.a. Anthony Child) stands tall as a true individual in the leagues of electronic music history, with seminal, landmark releases bounded only by raw passion and a transcendentally deep imagination.

"This is the music that I am enjoying and I feel it represents me. And on the other side, there were some newer or lesser known artists that I really wanted to represent. It's about making people aware of different genres, to show the likeness. It's taking T-Polar, Subeena, Ital Tek, Ancient Methods - and putting that next to Orphx, DJ Overdose and Russ Gabriel, and mixing them all up together. It's kind of strange looking at the tracklist, but for me it's very natural the way these things fit together. And really, to me, this is all techno." Surgeon

Flicking easily from the heavy, sheets of sound produced by his old school contemporaries, Surgeon fuses the old with the new on fabric 53, creating connections between the oppressing and the minimal that have never been as simply decoded. Honing in on the idea that a lot of 'modern' bass music harks back to rave and constantly re-feeds on its memory for inspiration, ("just this idea of the breakbeat, the broken beat; it's got some echoes of rave, there are some elements of that somewhere in it"), he includes music from a veritable liege of young producers. Instra:mental's rolling 'Forbidden' is used early on and adds the kind of quickened bass texture that has been carefully incubated over their workings as they slow down from 175bpm drum & bass and Starkey's 'Spacecraft' is used brilliantly to juxtapose the rolling pressure of what comes before it, eliminating the 4x4 pulse and adding thicker, more leading bass tones.


  1. Location recording from Kuramae Subway Station Tokyo, Japan
  2. Scuba Glance Hotflush
  3. Surgeon Bad Hands (Drums Only) Dynamic Tension
  4. Marco Bernardi Giro (Exium Remix) Dirty Planet
  5. Instra:mental Forbidden Apple Pips
  6. Forward Strategy Group Applied Generics A Forward Strategy Group
  7. Reeko Agile Movement Theory
  8. Surgeon Bad Hands Part 2 Drums Only
  9. Robert Hood Superman M-Plant
  10. Planetary Assault Systems X Speaks To X (Al Tourettes & Appleblim Remix) Ostgut Ton
  11. Ritzi Lee Black Star Ritual (Ben Sims Remix) Underground Liberation
  12. T-Polar Crab People Digital Distortions
  13. Ital Tek Spectrum Falls Atom River
  14. Surgeon Klonk Part 1 (Drums Only) Dynamic Tension
  15. Subeena Picture Opit
  16. Fran Hartnett It Was Written In Vapour unreleased
  17. Mark Broom & James Ruskin Hostage Blueprint
  18. Stephen Brown Stress Free Music Man
  19. Ancient Methods AM04B1 Ancient Methods
  20. Surgeon Compliance Momentum Dynamic Tension
  21. Greena Tenzado Apple Pips
  22. Starkey Spacecraft Planet Mu
  23. Starkey feat. Anneka Stars (Slugabed Did A Remix) Planet Mu
  24. Cari Lekebusch Spindizzy (Luke Slater's L.B. Dub Corp Remix) Mote-Evolver
  25. Surgeon The Crawling Frog Is Torn and Smiles Dynamic Tension
  26. Orphx Threshold (Substance Remix) Sonic Groove
  27. Gatekeeper Blip If Symptoms Persist
  28. Mark Broom & James Ruskin No Time Soon Blueprint
  29. Russ Gabriel El Juan We Play House
  30. DJ Overdose What Lunar Disko Records