There's a definite thread of playfulness that runs through Jamie Jones' work. The London-based DJ and producer has exploded in popularity off the strength of oddball dance cuts like "911" (which sampled an infamous stoned police call) and "Whiff it Yawl" (which creatively appropriated a line from the Dazz Band). With such a strange—yet funky—discography behind him, it seems appropriate that Fabric 59, his entry in the venerable mix series, would sound the way that it does: eclectic while still retaining a cohesive dancefloor aesthetic.
This eclecticism spans across the entire mix, which manages to cover a striking amount of ground in roughly an hour. In that small amount of time, Jones takes the listener through a juxtaposed world of disco, deep house, minimal wave, new wave, and electroclash. The experience is akin to peeling back the curtain and looking at the skeleton of inlfuences behind the Jamie Jones sound.
There’s a unique momentum to the mix that's largely a function of the amount of territory covered. It opens with the beatless “Time Intro (Feat. Ali Love & Kenny Glasgow)” by Jones’ project Hot Natured. From there, it moves through Sebastian Tellier’s Klein & MBO-like “La Ritournelle (Metronomy Mix)” before riding a filter sweep into a big chunk of deep-house cuts that include a healthy sprinkling of Jones’ edits (such as his to-the-point edit of Coat of Arms “Is This Something") as well as a few looked-over classics like Cajmere’s jackin’ “God Sent (’10) feat. Jamie Principle.”
It’s about 20 minutes into the mix that things take a turn towards the unexpected. Easily the peak of the mix, Jones does a slow blend from Cajmere’s Chi-town house into Felix Da Housecat and Miss Kitten’s minimalistic (and almost Italo-like) 2002 electroclash anthem "Madame Hollywood." The track sounds remarkably fresh, its bassline’s funky bounce reminiscent of early Jamie Principle. Jones inclusion of the track hints at a larger project of connecting all the dance-music dots in spite of cultural (or generational) prejudice.
Jones' adventurous spirit serves him well as he finishes the mix far removed from the chunky house tunes that open it. Jones drops into a mini-set of disco with Crazy P’s recent “Open For Service” and Holy Ghost!’s 2008 remix of Panthers’ “Goblin City.” The latter is one of the mixes few stumbling blocks, as its indie-leaning vocals, arpeggiations, and glockenspiel riffs seem out of place. Disco-wise, Jones does the best with Soho808’s soft “Get Up Disco,” which lends a feminine touch that's missing from the rest of the mix.