This was the week that the sun returned to Britain. But some other stuff happened as well (apparently).
We presented our landmark 150th FACT mix from Berghain resident, Ostgut-Ton recording artiste and all-round king of new-school Berlin techno, Mr Marcel Dettmann, followed by a stylish entry for 151 from Demdike Stare. We also offered up an exclusive mixtape from Ahu, the wonderful Turkish singer best known for her star turn on Flying Lotus’s ‘Robertaflack’.
In features we talked in-depth to Ohio synth cosmonauts Emeralds in the week that they released their new LP on Editions Mego, and profiled estimable new talent (and recent Young Turks/XL signing) Glasser.
We were pleased to report on new records from Ghost Box, Brainmath, Holy Ghost!, Kevin Drumm, JME and The Village Orchestra, and to announce a raft of new additions to the line-up for our June 4 FACT party at Cable, but there was bad news for the wider world of London clubbing as Matter announced a summer closure that most commentators believe will turn out to be permanent.
In reviews, Actress’s Splazsh, the follow-up to his modern classic Hazyville, scored the year’s third five out of five rating, described as “an album that soothes and excites as often as it takes you to deeply uncomfortable places”. Bristol’s Guido scored almost as well on his debut album, Anidea, while Emeralds, UNKLE and what is billed as the last ever LCD Soundsystem album were also put under scrutiny by our review team. Over in singles, new 12”s by Oriol (‘Coconut Coast’ on Planet Mu) and Milyoo (‘Dasein’, on OPIT) fared well, as did a new riddim pack from UK dancehall man Wundah.
Right, that’s your lot for this week. We’re in dire need of an ice cream.