Listen: FACT’s week on Spotify (03/09/10)
1. JOHN CARPENTER – HALLOWEEN THEME
Zombie Zombie are soon to release an entire album of John Carpenter covers, which is all well and good, but ultimately rather pointless given how timelessly creepy and absorbing the originals remain.
2. JANE BIRKIN & SERGE GAINSBOURG – JE T’AIME…NOI NON PLUS
Light In The Attic this month reissued Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg’s classic Je T’Aime LP. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.
3. COCTEAU TWINS – WHEN MAMA WAS MOTH
With a Cocteau Twins deluxe vinyl box set just released, it seems like the right time to revisit their masterpiece, Head Over Heels. ‘When Mama Was Moth’ never fails to please: Liz Frazer’s voice as celestial as ever, Robin Guthrie’s guitar coming over like a tidal wave, creepy keyboard atmospherics and dubbed-out drums all present and correct.
4. VIRGO – DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE
We’re bollock-droppingly excited that our office neighbours Phonica Records have secured the services of Virgo for their upcoming 7th birthday party in London. The Chicago duo will be playing material from their sublime self-titled album, recently reissued by Rush Hour. ‘Do You Know Who You Are’ is a fine example of their uncanny ability to combine tough, no-nonsense drum programming with painterly synth textures and serene melodic leads. “Classic” doesn’t do justice.
5. FALTYDL – PLAYCHILD
We’ve been really enjoying FaltyDL’s recent material – especially his genre-bending remix of Duncan Powell – but this pensive, string-laden track is from last year’s Bravery EP and still doing the business.
6. ARMANDO – LAND OF CONFUSION
No topical reason for including this original acid badboy. It’s just ace.
7. RICK ROSS – I’M NOT A STAR
The clumsily effective opening track from Ross’s new album, Teflon Don.
8. DRAKE – THE RESISTANCE
There’s no doubt that Drake’s Thank Me Later is one of the best albums of 2010. Drake’s flow is top-notch throughout, but occasionally the production – here, on ‘The Resistance’, resembling a kind of dubbed-out boogie – steals the show.
9. PLASTIKMAN – CLOSER
While Richie Hawtin’s recent Plastikman revival has largely focussed on his full-pelt dancefloor productions, for us such gloomy, atmospheric cuts as ‘Lost’ (taken from the incredible Closer LP) are an equally important part of the legacy.
10. TONES ON TAIL
Listening to a !!! mixtape on Clash this week, we were reminded of the brilliance of Tones On Tail’s ‘Rain’, which begins in Eno-esque ambient mode before swelling to a melodic post-punk climax liable to send shivers down any self-respecting spine.