Fabric Records and its artist led Houndstooth label are about to release an 111 track #savefabric compilation, raising the volume of protests in the lead-up to the appeal against against the club’s recent closure by local authorities. The shutdown caused an outcry across the electronic music scene, with 150,000 supporters signing a petition campaigning for its reopening. Meanwhile £300,000 has been raised in donations to help with legal fees in the battle to get the venue up and running again.
“Fabric Records and our artist led label Houndstooth decided a release that embodies this spirit would be a further powerful way to demonstrate the collective power of our community,” declares the club. “We asked artists associated with both labels to donate a track to the cause. Needing to act fast we gave a deadline of just three weeks in total, from inception to final master. The brief was simple, we asked for a previously unreleased track, either brand new or an alternative version of an old classic.”
The mammoth compilation includes tracks by μ-Ziq, Abul Mogard, Appleblim, Broken English Club, Clams Casino, Clark, Dusk & Blackdown, Ikonika, Kangding Ray, Kuedo, Machinedrum, Om Unit, Pinch, Planetary Assault Systems, Radioactive Man, Shackleton, Skream, and many more.
“Due to touring and time constraints many more artists could and would have liked to have been involved, and we can’t give enough thanks to all the labels that have generously allowed their artists to contribute. Ahead of the court date which will determine the longterm future of fabric nightclub we’d like to present this compilation as a document of this moment in time but also as the perfect embodiment of everything fabric is and stands for.”
Houndstooth has compiled an exclusive playlist for The Wire. It features Untold, Fis, Abul Mogard, Akkord and Vatican Shadow & Telefon Tel Avivv
Fabric closed on 7 September after the London Borough of Islington Council revoked its licence following its suspension at the beginning of August due to two drug-related deaths at the venue. However The independent reported that council documents revealed the closure was actually part of its wider longterm plan. An appeal against the council’s decision will take place at Highbury Magistrates Court on 28 November. #savefabric will be released on 4 November.