Wiggle - fabric 28 CD
When Terry Francis and Nathan Coles started throwing parties, it was pretty much a reaction to their circumstances. Already committed to London's fledging acid house scene, and both influenced by rare groove and up-tempo soul, they wanted to do something off their own backs, just for their mates, with DJs they liked. Over a decade later the pair are still in the rudest health, noising up nightclubs with that same simple ethos, while Wiggle - the catch-all term covering record label, clubnight, artist name and attitude - has also come to typify a style of music; a deep, druggy basement-shaking sound that nicks techno's swagger and steals house's smile. DJing together all over the world, the pair are bang in the middle of an industrious community of producers, all excelling at making music to escape in and get down to. 'fabric 28' - the first time the Wiggle sound has been captured on a compilation - is a statement-making mix, as fun, involving and unfussy as Francis and Coles themselves.
"It's nice because between the two of us we can basically go all over the place - go a little funky and then maybe a bit deeper... we make it quite a nice little journey, as DJs say. At the end of the day, we're only glorified jukeboxes, so we may as well have fun with it. Music's supposed to be fun." Wiggle
'fabric 28' is an emotive, bass-driven mix that transports the listener straight to the site of their most rapturous club experience, with thick, warm basslines governing unruly, restless beats. Terry and Nathan keep four hands on decks at all times, using the lyrics on Peace Division's 'Club Therapy', which slate any ostentatious nightlife attitudes while declaring "I'm just going for the music", to embody the Wiggle spirit. In company with the likes of Poker Flat and Exun, the mix features Nathan's intensified reworking of C-Soul's 'Everybody' and Annette's 'Dream 17' and reveals a sublime late-night selection from Terry & Ricardo. From flirty to dirty to filthy, 'fabric 28' is an accumulation of stimulating tracks, bonded together with scalpel- sharp mixes. With such similar backgrounds and dispositions, and after working so closely for so long, it's not surprising they have a tight, subliminal connection, habitually finish each other's sentences and - as captured perfectly on 'fabric 28' - each other's mixes on the decks.