With over 20 years of dedication under his belt, Zak Khutoresky exhibits an artistic profile that is truly distinctive. From illegal 90s raves in the Midwest to marathon sets at Berghain, there are few DJs so unanimously trusted by audiences the world over. With a career that includes opening a nightclub in his hometown of Minneapolis, building and maintaining a custom ‘wall of sound’ system, releasing on Ben Klock’s Klockworks and Derrick May’s Transmat imprints and running 2 of his own renowned labels – HUSH and Mistress Recordings – there is no denying his reputation as a true bastion of underground culture. His contributions to both local and global scenes bear the mark of someone with experience – in the truest sense of the word – having endured the highs and lows from every aspect of the music industry with unparalleled determination. As a DJ, his deviant mixing style, infamously large record collection and tenacious passion grant a personality to his sets that simply cannot be replicated.
“This mix CD concept was much more difficult to put together than I had imagined… As I don’t do mixes and haven’t released any mixes in over 4 years, I kept going back and forth in my mind leading up to selecting music about what style and vibe to present confined to the length a CD allows. Most people know me for techno, but I love such a broad range of music and had to find a way to limit myself to have a focus. In the end I decided on a snapshot of a more straightforward focused mix…Created from asking friends and colleagues, known and unknown to send me unreleased music. I gathered what I was sent and tried to extract the parts and pieces and a few ‘released’ tracks that stood out in my current mindset. This mix is a moment in time captured.” – DVS1
fabric 96 consists almost entirely of unreleased material, mixed live in one take on 3 decks and a Zone 92. There are no less than 16 forthcoming tracks from HUSH and Mistress, all of which are due for release next year, including fresh entries from Steffi, Oscar Mulero, Steve Bicknell, Mark Broom and ROD, and new tracks by Lando and Kirill Mamin due on Mistress Recordings. New works by Planetary Assault Systems, Truncate, Henning Baer, Psyk and Sirko Müller also feature.
Physicality is key. Brandishing the animated persona he is known for in the booth, DVS1 intuitively layers, blends and chops his way through 29 tracks over 78 minutes, drawing on the tangible properties of massive sound systems to convey his expansive vision. Rhythmic building blocks are stacked upon each other before crashing down to make way for something entirely new, all the while driven by a brooding line of tension. Motifs are weaved together with a playful flair, reflecting an artist who not only welcomes his impulses, but possesses the technical skill to convey them.
fabric 96 is a statement of intent from one of the scenes most beloved visionaries who has proven, time and time again, the ability to shatter even his own expectations.
1. Unknown Artist – For All Mankind
2. Gabriella Vergilov – Boring Shit [Thema] 3. Kirill Mamin – Silent Prayer [Mistress] 4. Border One – Curve [HUSH] 5. Doubt – Just Pain [HUSH] 6. DJ Surgeles – Witness New Species (No Vox Mix) [HUSH] 7. Mike Storm – From The Human Eye To Earth [HUSH] 8. Sirko Müller – Our Blood [Tokomak] 9. Steffi – 1E-4 [HUSH] 10. Psyk – Falling [Unreleased] 11. Neel – The Vancori Complex [Spazio Disponibile] 12. Planetary Assault Systems – Fathoms Deep [Mote-Evolver] 13. Oscar Mulero – Drops [HUSH] 14. Jeff Mills – Fly Guy [Purpose Maker] 15. Maan – Vert [HUSH] 16. Steve Bicknell – space 13 [HUSH] 17. Dustin Zahn – Politics Of Seduction [HUSH] 18. Mike Gervais – Set Me Free [Enemy] 19. Adriana Lopez – Last Path [HUSH] 20. Truncate – Pseudo V2 [Unreleased] 21. ROD – Duchi Kaal [HUSH] 22. Kirill Mamin – Dunning-Kruger Effect [Mistress] 23. Mark Broom – Drum Jamz 2 [HUSH] 24. Henning Baer – Code Buster [Manhigh] 25. Lando – Ceremony [Mistress] 26. Strain -Theory [HUSH] 27. d-56m – Question Authority [Poverty Is Violence] 28. Anthony Rother – Technic Electric [Psi49Net ] 29. Jeff Mills -The Dancer [Purpose Maker]
Launch Party info – 2nd December at fabric