Listen: FACT’s week on Spotify (10/09/10)

1. BELLE & SEBASTIAN – THE STATE I AM IN (BBC SESSION)
Belle & Sebastian’s new album features Norah Jones. What can you say? Nothing. Just shut your eyes, pretend it’s not happening, and that you’re actually back in 1997 hearing ‘The State I Am In’ for the first time.

2. EMBRYO – LOST SCOOTERS
It emerged this week that Madlib is working on material with krautrock veterans Embryo. A bizarre prospect, but one that makes more sense when you listen to ‘Lost Scooters’, from the German group’s 1979 Asia-themed album, Embryo’s Reise.

3. JOHN FOXX – THE GARDEN
John Foxx, Gary Numan and Richard H. Kirk are some of the legends of electronic music performing at the recently announced Back To The Phuture concerts in London and Manchester later this year. Here’s a pastoral electro-pop classic by Foxxy – really stirring stuff.

4. MORRISSEY – BENGALI IN PLATFORMS
In the week that Morrissey came under fire for calling the Chinese a “sub-species”, a chance to revisit a song from his catalogue that – unfairly, we think it’s fair to say – sparked allegations of racism back in the day.

5. THE XX – ISLANDS (BLUE NILE REMIX)
The 2010 Mercury Prize winners at their breathy best. No originals on Spotify, so this is Blue Nile’s commendably subtle re-rub.

6. FOUR TET – EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT
Monday’s FACT mixer with one of the best-loved entries in his catalogue, the (ahem) folktronica gem that is ‘Everything Is Alright’.

7. GOLDIE – ANGEL
Goldie’s son has just been charged with murder, which rather morbidly brings us to ‘Angel’. It’s one of the more ruffneck tracks on the metal-mouthed producers generally coffee table-oriented 1995 LP Timeless.

8. LOEFAH – MUD VIP (FEAT. SGT POKES)
Mary Anne Hobbs spun her last on BBC Radio 1 the other night, after no less than fourteen years service. One of dubstep’s earliest and most vocal champions, she will be hugely missed, despite at times resembling nothing so much as a nice auntie having a very public mid-life crisis. Loefah’s sublimely evil ‘Mud VIP’ featured on her prescient Warrior Dubz compilation of 2006. Respect.

9. JOY DIVISION – HEART AND SOUL
It takes more than Peter Hook continuing greed and insensitivity to sully the reputation of his former band.

10. ARAB STRAP – KATE MOSS
Kate Moss stars on the cover of Bryan Ferry’s new album, Olympia. Here’s Malcolm Middleton and Aidan Moffat’s dour, cryptic and at times hilarious tribute to the iconic coke-hoover.

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