Stanton Warriors are Dominic B, and Mark Yardley. They have been together since around the turn of the century, and they have really developed a reputation as being a great party duo. Their style is definitely on the breaks side of dance music.
I picked this disc up at a local used CD store, and because I’ve liked several productions by Stanton Warriors and because the Fabric series is a pretty reputable series, I figured it was worth the $6 the store was asking. I really like this mix. It starts up with a truly nasty track by Kerri Chandler, who is one foul mouthed rapper. But her hypersexual antics on the microphone really seem toungue in cheek, especially when compared to the language used by many male rappers. In any event, the disc is really a party mix, with a sojourn into some trippy waters in the middle. It is definitely a breaks mix, but not a really hard and heavy mix with lots of distortion. It’s clear this is for a party where dancing is expected.
Here’s what others have said about Fabric Live 30:
Fabric has finished off a hat-trick of top-shelf FabricLive releases with Stanton Warriors’ ‘FabricLive 30’. Following up the maximal chunkiness on Evil Nine’s ‘28’ and Cut Copy’s hipster electro-disco epic ‘29’, the Warriors have crafted the perfect example of what the ‘FabricLive’ series stands for: set side-by-side (or month-by-month) to the ‘Fabric’ series, it’s about salty, sleazy, bonerific bodypopping from front to back, as opposed to living room wallpaper. Mark Yardley and Dom Butler prove themselves Jacks of all trades and then some: their production, compiling, mixing, remixing, and trademark “refixing” skills all stand out on this stellar mix. . . . .
But a year-and-a-half and nine installments later, the bar has been significantly raised. Stanton Warriors are easily the hardest-working DJ duo in the biz right now: chopping, tossing, and reworking like there were 25 hours in the day. They make a myriad of their own and others’ productions, which have been played to death in the past year, sound fresh as baby powder on a big booty.
Relevance? FabricLive 30, while a decent mix, is really disjointed. Plenty of great tracks and remixes pepper it, but that Stanton sound is only there for stretches and is broken up by minimal tracks loaded up with basslines and breakbeats to make them more dance friendly. Overall, it doesn't add up and you end up skipping around the cd depending on whether you wanna hum the melody of Claude Von Stroke's seminal Who's Afraid of Detroit or sing the chorus of Peace Division's Club Therapy, on half of the sound here or wanna shake your booty to the breaks and hip hop infused part of this mix. Most of the cuts here are reworked and re-edited by the Stantons, making this compilation noteworthy in its exclusivity, especially if you find yourself drooling over the tracklist, which you might.
. . . . And that's where they shine, reworking their sound and adding to it, pushing things forward with booty shaking beats making the middle part of this cd a real treat. Then sadly, towards the end of the mix, they head back into remix territory with Freeform Five and King Unique instead of playing to their strengths. Artists take chances with their sound and sometimes they miss. This Jeckyl & Hyde mix is a pretty good example of that because the Stantons never committ to anything soundwise, they just throw alot of dope beats at us and hope it all goes down. The flow just isn't there. Parts go down smooth, but you may end up choking along the way.
Ever since their debut at the turn of the century the UK duo Dominic B and Mark Yardley have remained a highly sought after act amongst dance music fans.
The Stanton Warriors latest release is grittier and edgier than their customary deep and bouncy style. Fabric Live 30 is designed for those who enjoy it deep and dark. Guaranteed to get you up and on the dance floor, it is definitely one of the best Fabric Live mixes of the last couple of years. In typical Stanton Warrior’s style it is bursting with everything from cheeky live bootlegs to signature re-edits.