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A FABRICLIVE mainstay since the opening night, Ali was offered his residency immediately after playing at the venue's pre-launch press party. A vinyl-hunter long before he knew what DJing was, his music industry background included working at Acid Jazz Records and spells as Press Officer to the Plump DJs, Norman Jay and Gilles Peterson. He was once resident DJ at the Blue Note in Hoxton Square.

"Capturing fabric's Friday nights is hard because there are so many different sides to it. I tried to include the more funk-driven breaks I'd spin in the early part of a set, before getting a little harder, a little deeper and mellowing out at the end. I included a lot of American breakbeat from artists like DJ Icey, Tony Faline and Mike and Charlie. I think their sound has had quite an impact on the UK breaks scene. " Ali B

Comfortable in any of fabric's three spaces, Ali's break-centred sets commonly expand to include rare groove, funk, hip hop and soul. A varied collection of straight-aimed breaks, this mix exhibits Ali's underground interests, moving from Shakedown's huge hooks, through DJ Icey's bass-drenched drops to Mr. Scruff's blissed-out breakbeat and Ils' string-tinged, foundation-threatening 'Next Level'.


1 Ali B – Intro
2 DJ Love – Underground Funk
3 Red Tape – Worldwide
4 Shakedown – Get Down
5 Bassbin Twins – Number 2
6 Mike & Charlie – Body Rock
7 DJ Technique – My Definition (The Lee Coombs Acid House Breaks
8 Huda Hudia & DJ Volume As The Hotheadz – Let Me See If You
9 DJ Spice – Groove Operator
10 Lee Coombs – Sky Juice
11 Outcast – Criminals
12 Dreadzone – Believing In It (Drumattic Twins Remix)
13 Tony Faline – Feel The Funk
14 Laidback – God Can't Stop
15 DJ Icey – Surreal
16 PMT – Gyromancer
17 DJ Who – Feel The Bass
18 Plump DJs – Big Groovy Fucker
19 Bassbin Twins – ESW
20 Jammin' – Hold On
21 Ils – Next Level
22 Mr. Scruff – Night Time