A new year’s resolution of sorts at FACT: every Saturday, we’ll post a run-down of the music – old and new – we’ve most been enjoying in our UK and US offices that week.
No emphasis on the boxfresh or the under-the-radar: just an honest account of what’s spent most time on the respective office stereos, with (where possible) links to the music.
Echologist – Storming Heaven
Brendon Moeller’s latest album – approximately his umpteenth – is one of the best dance records to drop around the 2013/2014 threshold. Cosmic techno, tight as a coiled spring.
Galcher Lustwerk and Young Male – Beats In Space #712
Galcher-smitten as the FACT office is, this mix with White Material boss Young Male is 100% necessary due to it containing several precious minutes of unreleased music from the heavy-lidded house maven.
Earn – Hell on Earth
This gorgeous missive from Matthew Sullivan is the perfect antidote for a week of head shaking and eye rolling. It’s like being wrapped up in cotton wool and hooked up to a Codeine drip – January blues be damned.
Untold – Black Light Spiral
Commendably confounding debut LP from the Hemlock/Pennyroyal papa, split between churning loop music and sideways techno.
Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
Dublin punks known for their ridiculous Blawan cover, who don’t so much write songs as hack them out of thin air with buzzsaw guitars and their bare fucking hands. Atrocious name.
DJ Vague – Porsche Trax
Harder-faster-faster-faster loop techno from Night Slugs’ Helix – dumb as hell but you try turning it off when it’s in full flight.
Moodymann – Moodymann
Does Moodymann really need an introduction at this point? Grubby as they come and funkier than French cheese, just the way we like it.
Murlo & Famous Eno – Ariel (Sudanim Bootleg)
Free download from part of the Her Records clique, taking one of last year’s best dancefloor tracks and cranking it up to 11.
Rizzla – Live at Mixpak Sound System
Rizzla digs deep for an hour of dembow-heavy grooves, featuring everyone from Lauryn Hill to Lisa Hyper. Listen to the end for a very special bootleg.
Supreme Cuts – Divine Ecstasy
The Chicago duo outdo themselves on their second LP, roping in a slew of fresh voices for an anything-goes electronic pop experience that is truly transcendent. Cascading percussion and shimmering synths for days.