Quieter than most in earning himself a treasured status in British dance music, stories of Craig Richards’ sets at Fabric having rippled outwards to create increasingly conspicuous waves for the past 16 years. A versatile and stylish DJ, his ability to fit the gaps between any set of performers demonstrates an enviable sophistication, with his unique repertoire of house and techno orientated records proving malleable enough to withstand any time or situation. Never diverging from a trail of his own imagination, Richards plays the music he loves and nothing else; it just so happens that his tastes are wide-ranging, obscure, and relentlessly interesting. His extended tenure at Fabric marks him out as part of the furniture, but the mystique and intrigue of his sets ensure that he’s a furnishing in flux, ceaselessly transforming and adapting to the changing decor around him.
As his reputation travels the world on his behalf, Craig has made Fabric his home and spent decades filling it with the finest tracks we’ve never heard, stringing them together with finesse. But even the most diehard Londoner needs to get away from the big city every now and then, and Wire will offer Craig a Friday retreat as he joins BSU’s Hamish Cole for an evening of exploration. Phones away when you get inside, Shazam won’t help with this one.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Vaine Photography & Butter Side Up