Evil Nine / Various FabricLive.28

There are many a DJ mix series in the sea that present a clear vision of both the artist at work and the label organising it all, but Fabric is arguably the most consistently enjoyable and far-reaching of the big names. Everyone from James Lavelle to Diplo to even the late John Peel have shared their ideas of the perfect club set, and with 28 they find even more fresh blood to keep their reputation intact. Brighton-based duo Evil Nine (aka Tom Beaufoy and Pat Pardy) are the latest act to try their hand, and for anyone into the indie-favouring tastes of Erol Alkan, MSTRKRFT or 2ManyDJs, this 17-track mix will be yet another one to test drive. Together since 1998, with a full-length under their belt and some choice remixes to date (UNKLE, Moby), Evil Nine follow a linear energy that keeps their dance floor-initiating ambition up until the final track — a slight misstep of concluding with the Clash’s "London Calling.” Plenty of familiar artists appear in fine remix mode (Franz Ferdinand, Daft Punk, Test Icicles), which no doubt helps, but Beaufoy and Pardy certainly don’t rely on them. Their vitality zigzags through acid house, electro and rock, and rarely breaks the flow thanks to their accomplished mixing skills. (Fabric)