To fully gauge the effect Craig Richards has had on UK club music, it’s worth winding the clock back to the turn of the century. Parties pushing deep, underground house and techno are an ingrained part of the UK’s clubbing makeup these days, but when fabric, the venue where Richards has been a resident for the past 17 years, opened in 1999, things were very different. “Everything was super, super, super, super: super club, superstar DJs, super-sized everything,” Judy Griffith, fabric’s promotions manager and talent booker, told us last month. “Musically, [fabric] was just such a breath of fresh air.” With Richards at the helm as both a resident DJ and a musical director, the club’s Saturday nights became a bastion of subtle and refined sounds. fabric introduced UK audiences to a string of talented underground names from around the globe (most famously Ricardo Villalobos, who since making his debut there in 2002, has been a mainstay of the club’s Room 1). Others were doing what Richards and fabric were, but on nowhere near the same scale and with such incredible consistency.