Calibre – born Dominick Martin – is a drum’n’bass producer who offers subtlety and surety in a genre not always known for either. He can deftly manoeuvre between the atmospheric, lush, classical and jazz-influenced/inflected and the bangers made purely for the dancefloor. That’s another rarity, Calibre does both.
So for his Fabriclive mix he fills the set with, largely, his own productions. It runs through like a sampler/greatest hits for a DJ/producer who knows how to hit all sorts of high nights, building slowly from the intro (‘Intro’) through the DRS-fronted Keep The Faith toward the far more charging closing cuts of Blazin and Student music before the outro (‘Outro’).
Calibre layers in pieces from Kodo, Bo Saris, Zero T and Lynx & Hellrazor but the majority of the keepers come from his own files. And in fact the record plays out as a better set of selections than his studio cuts.
I’m a fair-weather D’n’B man, no doubt about that – but I’ve loved this album. Plenty to like here. The perfect build for me too – I’ll appreciate a good banger if it’s not just dropped in front of you like a trophy. Here it all makes sense, reminding me of the build and flow from Sasha & John Digweed back in the day, and more recently, of Sander Kleinenberg and Nicolas Jaar.