Listen on Spotify: FACT’s weekend playlist (06/08/2010)


1. Chris Watson – A Passing View
It was announced earlier this week that Chris Watson, founder member of Cabaret Voltaire and world-renowned wildlife recordist, will be performing a new work with Z’EV at the South London Gallery next month. ‘A Passing View’, taken from his Stepping Into Dark album, is a typically vivid transmission from the field.

2. Brian Eno – Golden Hours
Warp Records will release a new album by Brian Eno later this year, news that has prompted us to revisit his peerless back catalogue. ‘Golden Hours’ remains one of his most sublime pop creations.

3. Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina
Soul Jazz have just their repressed their excellent Tropicalia compilation, reminding us afresh of the energy and ingenuity of Brazilian psychedelia in the 60s. Os Mutantes’ ‘A Minha Menina’ is pure joy.

4.  The Books – A True Story of A Story of True Love
Our latest FACT mix is by The Books, who have just released a new album, The Way Out. Those of you who are new to their music should investigate 2003’s The Lemon Of Pink, from which this wistful, quietly mind-bending piece is taken.

5. Hildur Gudnadottir -Erupting Light
Hildur Gudnadottir isn’t your average cellist, having collaborated with the likes of Pan Sonic and Johann Johannsson over the course of her intriguing career. Touch plan to reissue her debut solo album later this year; ‘Erupting Light’ is the sweeping, cinematic highlight of the more recent Without Sinking LP, which Touch issued in 2009.

6. Matthew Dear – Honey
Matthew Dear’s Black City has been streaming in full on FACT this week, and can now be found on Spotify as well. The follow-up to Asa Breed is a dark and complex record, but it also has a real immediacy to it – witness sultry opening track ‘Honey’.

7. Jimmy Edgar – Push
Jimmy Edgar’s new album, XXX, is one of the year’s best, and ‘Push’ is the perfect introduction to his unique brand of priapic electro.

8. Dr Dre / World Class Wreckin’ Cru – Housecalls
Speaking of priapic electro, the news that Dr Dre is working on an album of music inspired by the solar system had us pining for, well, less concept-driven days. The Cybotron-esque ‘Housecalls’, a hit for Dre’s World Class Wreckin’ Cru back in the late 80s, bangs as hard now as ever.

9. Matthew Herbert – Take Me Back
Next month sees the release of One Club, the new album from Matthew Herbert. Built from field recordings made at Robert-Johnson in Frankfurt, it’s billed (with tongue in cheek) as “a return to club music” for the mischievous producer, and it’s very good indeed. Nonetheless, it’s a far cry from the 90s and early 00s, when Herbert was turning out experimental but unashamedly dancefloor-aimed house tracks like ‘Take Me Back’. This minimal, sub-heavy bomb never fails to get the juices flowing.

10. Teengirl Fantasy – Portafino
The wonderful Teengirl Fantasy are about to unleash their debut album. For an idea of what to expect from the American duo, check out former single ‘Portafino’ – dreamy, densely packed DIY techno that will appeal to fans of Salem, Telepathe, Animal Collective and the rest.

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