1. Michael Mayer – Lovefood
The Kompakt co-founder talked to us about his favourite five records this week, including an obscure softcore porn soundtrack and a classic hi-NRG disco 12″. Modesty obviously stopped him from choosing his own ‘Lovefood’ – a sultry, slinky little number that makes us feeling like billionaires kicking back on the French Riviera (and that’s a fair leap).
2. Glasser – Tremel (Jamie xx Remix)
Self-styled “one woman orchestra” Glasser is attracting a great deal of hype at the moment, with her debut album forthcoming on XL, and she provided a tip-top entry in the FACT mix series earlier this week. This is Jamie XX’s haunting remix of her track ‘Tremel’; it starts off sounding very 90s trip-hop (in a good way) before galloping into spring-heeled techno territory.
3. Chris & Cosey – Sweet Surprise
Optimo Music this week announced that they would be giving the first ever vinyl release to The Space Between, an obscure but seminal electronic album by Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter. ‘Sweet Surprise’, made by Carter with his missus and longtime collaborator Cosey Fan Tutti, explores rather different territory to that pensive, Kraftwerk-influenced collection – deploying overdriven guitars, horns and shrill vocals in addition to the analogue basslines and drum machine whipcracks.
4. Vex’d – 3rd Choice (Loefah Remix)
We’ve just announced details of our next FACT party, taking place at new Shoreditch venue XOYO on October 1. One of our headliners is dubstep original and Swamp81 boss Loefah; this sleek, tribalist remix of Vex’d’s ‘3rd choice’ is one of his all-time classic productions.
5. Pariah – Orpheus
Also playing at our party on October 1 are Ikonika, Lone and Pariah. The latter is one of the biggest dance music talents to emerge in 2010, and this track, the B-side to his R&S 12″ ‘Detroit Falls’ illustrates why.
6. Squarepusher – Yes Sequitur
Squarepusher recently announced that he’ll be releasing an EP on Paris’s Ed Banger label. We dare say it will be considerably more lairy than this disarmingly pretty outro to his most recent album, Just A Souvenir.
7. The Egyptian Lover – Freak-A-Holic
Friendly Fires are the latest act to curate an edition of Bugged Out!’s Suck My Deck mix series. The opening track they’ve plumped for is The Egyptian Lover’s evergreen electro-funk bomb, ‘Freak-A-Holic’.
8. Nite Jewel – Want You Back
We’re absolutely loving Nite Jewel’s new EP, reminding us at it does of the incredibly brief period where The Cure were amazing. Unfortunately it’s not on Spotify, so this very different but no less impressive ’09 cut will have to suffice.
9. Roots Manuva – Witness Dub
Ninja Tune have revealed more details of their 20th anniversary box set, and of an exhibition of label artwork and ephemera set to take place in London. There can be few Ninja Tune releases that hold a candle to Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness (1 Hope)’ (actually issued on Ninja sub-label Big Dada); this nicely reduced version, which appeared on the Dub Come Save Me mini-album, gives you the chance to really soak up that immortal bassline.
10. Grouper – Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping
Liz Harris AKA Grouper returned with a new 7″ this week, whetting our appetite for a new album. This red-eyed doom-gaze ballad is taken from her last LP, the exquisite (and exquisitely named) Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill.