For once we're giving you more than five hours notice on clubbing tips for this weekend, mainly because we've been planning this particular Friday night for weeks and weeks.
We've always been a fan of industrial-styled superclub Fabric and their ecletic line-ups, spending many a night down in the former meat-cellar dancing to the likes of Jacques Le Cont (before the Madonna years) and discovering cool new bands like Clor (*sob*) before they hit the mainstream. Although we haven't been for a little while, the Fabric brand with it's record label and album releases, as well as the club, has continued to grow and grow, and we're practically bursting with excitement as we plan our return.
Friday sees a joint night presented by Kill 'Em All, Let God Sort It Out' (room 1) and 'Wall of Sound' (rooms 2 and 3). If you've not been before then you'll need to know that room 1 is the more 'gig' looking room with a VIP balcony and speakers under the floor creating that all-round effect when you're bouncing away, while Room 2 is the big dark one with the giant laser past the 'beds' and room 3 the little one upstairs. Headlining in Room 1 are German remixers and producers Digitalism who you've probably heard remix Tom Vek's Nothing But Green Lights or the dancefloor damaging Zdarlight which you can relive on their myspace page. Over in Room 2, the Chemical Brothers are doing the main DJ set but we're more interested in two earlier live sets from amazing Frenchman Vitalic, and Brighton's Metronomy.
Vitalic released his debut album OK Cowboy in 2005 - a mix of electro, techno and house. For us, the stand out track was My Friend Dario. It's roaring bass and detached, almost Miss Kittin-esque vocal, sent us spinning into a YOU SIMPLY MUST HEAR THIS SONG mode to most of our friends. The fact that it mixed perfectly into Rachel Stevens - So Good, well, made it even more perfect. Seeing him live in the small space of Ghetto at Nag Nag Nag's 2005 Christmas Party was a brilliant experience, and we can't wait to be with a much larger crowd in Fabric's Room 2 to enjoy those beats once again.
Metronomy is more of a mystery. Occasionally a copy of his song 'How Say' or his remix of East London band Temposhark's 'Not So Big' comes round in the Londonist office and we all get on our chairs and reach for the ceiling. Other than that normal behaviour, we know he's from Brighton and makes bleepy electro with some great buildups. This'll be the first time we'll be seeing him, but we have it on a good authority from someone who saw him at 333 last weekend that he is 'very funny live'. Funny and makes good electro? Bring it on Mr!
Top image of Fabric's Room 2 taken from Monodot's flickr stream.