As Mind Against finally joins the prestigious “fabric presents” mix series, releasing now ahead of their extended show in the beloved venue, the thrill of that perfect fit is ours. They will be joined by musicians from the mix on Saturday, September 24 on a night the duo has arranged.
Alessandro and Federico Fognini, a production, DJ, and selector pair from Italy, are unstoppable forces in the music industry. Their steady rise since their initial Life and Death release in 2012 includes a string of flawless, captivating tunes on prestigious labels, including Afterlife, Life and Death, Hotflush, Cocoon, Siamese… Due to the brothers’ close relationship and their ability to control emotion and atmosphere, their immersive DJ sets are created so organically that demand ensures an almost continual global touring schedule. Their strong ties with fabric result from playing much fabric shows in the last 8 years, their previous All Night Long show established as a timeless one to remember. The stars have finally aligned for a “fabric presents,” which has been eagerly anticipated.
fabric presents Mind Against is finally out today.@fabriclondon https://t.co/DHLuBREBDr pic.twitter.com/mOnFDjeiZo
— Mind Against (@MINDAGAINSTOFC) September 23, 2022
fabric compilations have been part of our adventure in this world since early days, so it’s an important milestone in our career. We wanted to create a mix transcending genres and music tendencies, with as many exclusive tracks as possible, so we asked some of our favourite producers and friends for new material to fit the timeless feel we wanted for the mix, along with some evergreen tunes, some recent and some a bit older. – Mind Against
The mix begins languidly, quietly, and thoughtfully building with Aurora Halal’s “Just Tell Me,” which serves as the opening track. According to tradition, the mix contains 11 exclusive tracks, including Red Axes’ ecstatic cut “Connector” and Yotam Avni’s “Take One,” which will be released as part of a special package later in the summer. Their DJ sets frequently tease listeners with a number of unreleased songs to track down later. The duo showcases the artists they adore, from well-known figures like Frankey & Sandrino, Butch, and Roman Flügel to up-and-comers Nandu, Aera, and Shiffer. Their original song “Freedom” with Dyzen brings the mix to a close.
‘Freedom’ opens and continues a dialogue between the dreamy languor of emotion-rich synth chords evoking early noughties euphoria, and dog-whistle-pitched melodic phrases leaping and playing, over a strong but subtle multi-layered percussion, all pinned by a beat of silence in the midst. A soundtrack for carefree summer evenings.
The transgender model and actress Raya Martigny appears in the “Freedom” music video. She has worked with Virgil Abloh for Off-White and Alaia, Rick Owens, GCDS, and many other designers. She is the new generation muse for Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier. The INDIE and ELLE Denmark cover heroine, who was recently featured in Vogue France & Italy, is also an inspirational activist. She regularly advocates for more inclusivity and openness to gender diversity in the fashion industry.
The video was made by Ly’n Ho, an architect, filmmaker, and visual artist who has worked with Brian Eno, Thom York, Max Richter, Moderat, and The Rolling Stones in the past. It is a thought-provoking representation of internal turmoil and the longing for freedom.
Fabric presents Mind Against is available right now.