Peter Van Hoesen is at the controls for FACT mix 153, and it’s one to cherish.

Arguably the most exciting thing to come out of Brussels since JCVD, Van Hoesen debuted in 2006 with the Increments EP on Berlin’s Lan Muzic label, and over the past four years has cultivated his own deep but reliably bolshy techno style. This applies to his DJing as well: much to FACT’s delight, he’s a selector unafraid to explore higher BPMs and revel in the intensification of funk that they bring. At the risk of sounding like a middle-aged man in an Underground Resistance hoodie, this is proper techno we’re dealing with.

The main outlet for Van Hoesen’s recordings has been his own Time To Express label, which has also provided a platform for releases from fellow dancefloor idiosyncratics like Sendai, Donato Dozzy and Cio D’Or. He’s also put out records on Morse and Komisch, turning out a number of remixes as well – the most notable for us being his fierce take on Ed Rush & Nico’s industrial d’n’b classic ‘Defect’.

Earlier this year Van Hoesen released Entropic City, his debut solo artist album, recorded at his Foton Studio in Brussels. Where so many techno producers flounder when it comes to making albums, Van Hoesen gave an excellent account of himself, successfully reconciling heads-down, club-oriented material with more unpredictable and investigative pieces. A coherent artistic statement that doesn’t forget to bang when and where it matters, Entropic City will almost certainly find its way into a number of critics’ Best of 2010 lists come December.

PVH’s warmly recommended FACT mix features no less than seven of his own productions, along with a remix of his ‘Trusted’ by Berlin’s Norman Nodge. There’s also space in there for tracks from Actress, T++ and Perc. In a word: killer.

01 Peter Van Hoesen: Trusted (Norman Nodge Reconstruction)
02 Actress: Ghosts Have A Heaven
03 Peter Van Hoesen: Defense Against The Self
04 T++: Worn Down
05 Perc: Wooden Art
06 Peter Van Hoesen: Casual Care
07 Peter Van Hoesen: Strip It, Boost It
08 Peter Van Hoesen: Terminal – Entropic Dub
09 Forward Strategy Group: Applied Genetics
10 Peter Van Hoesen: Face Of Smoke
11 Peter Van Hoesen: Second Law
12 Peter Van Hoesen: Testing A Simulacrum



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