Peter Banco on 30/8/12
It took a bit of head scratching before it dawned that Matthias Tanzmann had not yet guested on Fabric's seminal compilation series; Tanzmann can hardly be considered to be the new wunderkind on the scene, so it's remarkable that he has not appeared to date. Following on from Guy Gerber's Fabric 64, Tanzmann appears to be (on paper) a dependable choice for the latest instalment in the series - his Moon Harbour label is well established as a source of tracks in the deep and techy Tanzmann style, and he's a mainstay of Ibiza's DC10 each summer.
Opening with Minimono's 'Venus,' Tanzmann lays a smooth and very cool foundation before lifting into the DC10/Circoloco de riguer of slight percussion and chugging beats. Despite the small sparks of Davide Squillace's 'Do Somebody' and Tanzmann's own take on Silicone Soul's 'Right On, Right On,' the nuanced flavour of Tanzmann's style otherwise melts through all thirteen tracks. Although excellently mixed, the lengthy tracks combined with a slow burn rate make it a slightly unremarkable experience until 'Everything' by Alex Cabrera emerges two tracks from the end. At this point, it's almost as though Tanzmann threw a dash of Tabasco into the mix which allows an aural corner to be turned and a final push onwards.
Tanzmann has eschewed the fireworks and colliding planets with this release; it is hypnotic and solid although needs more than one visit to appreciate the subtle movements. Tanzmann could not be accused of defying his style with this one but in doing so runs the risk of having Fabric 65 fly under the radar, which may have been his precise intention all along.
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