In the week that the UK took delivery of an oxymoronic new government and with it a decidedly uncertain future, FACT charged on as insouciantly as it possibly could.

We profiled Frkwys, an economics-defying offshoot of New York’s Rvng label dedicated to lavishly packaged 12″ collaborations between contemporary experimentalists (Excepter, ARP) and their forebears (Carter Tutti, Anthony Moore, JG Thirlwell). The Black Dog talked to us in-depth about the perils of UK Funky and their decision to challenge Brian Eno on their new album, and Southern hip-hop stars Burn One & Starlito fell under the new talent spotlight.

There were two very different new FACT Mixes – an inspired selection of dusted disco vinyl from Mock & Toof and a shoegaze 101 from Ghostly International’s The Sight Below, plus the usual array of downloads from the likes of Glasser, Lazer Sword and Gremino.

News-wise, we were pleased to deliver tidings of several long-awaited reissues, including classics by Drexciya and Regis, plus brand new albums from Mount Kimbie, Moodymann, Jimmy Edgar, Jarvis Cocker, Tin Man and Tectonic, not to mention new recording alliances holy (AGF & Gudrun Gut) and unholy (Britney Spears & Rusko).

We also made the first line-up announcement for our upcoming and undeniably huge party at Cable in London – we’ll be joined on June 4 by Mala (Digital Mystikz), Fiedel (MMM), Seiji,  Altered Natives, Subeena, Deep Teknologi and Girl Unit, with many more TBC. Hold tight for that one.

In reviews this week, CocoRosie sailed the Grey Oceans, Onra went Long Distance, and a Guy Called Gerald explored Tronic Jazz on a “frustrating album.” Redshape’s Red Pack set also found itself under the microscope, along with new tracks by Deadboy, XXXY and Ike Release.



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