The FACT playlist: our 10 picks of the week

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.

Terre Thaemlitz – Soil

Revisited in line with our Essential… Terre Thaemlitz, one of the great under-sung ambient LPs of the 1990s, and an equal with the more celebrated K-SHE and Sprinkles full-lengths.

Wen – Signals

Anyone who enlisted to Logos’ Cold Mission will find plenty to enjoy in Wen’s forthcoming debut. Really shudders into life in the second half, mind.

Dean BluntSkin Fade

It’s a free Dean Blunt mixtape so we’re already sold, but his topsy-turvy pop deconstructions have rarely sounded more bizarre and urgent.

Max D‘Calvin & Hobbes’

Maxmillion Dunbar carves baroque ice sculptures from squeaky bleeps, soothing bloops and rippling brassy tones, and cleverly avoids descending into dull formalism. Wintry.

Len Faki – ‘BX3’

Almost comically Berghain-tooled, we’re not sure a track has ever summed up a big dark room quite like this one.

VariousAcid Arab Collection

Dunno who first pitched this bonkers genre mash-up (“Acid, meet Arab – I think you two are going to get on very well”) but it’s a winning formula. Bit patchy over the whole album, but props to the artists involved for going further than just slapping some 303 gunge on a dusty Omar Souleyman tape.

Harold Budd‘The Oak of the Golden Dreams’

Peerless occidental synthesizer drones from one of music’s under appreciated originals. Proof that music doesn’t have to be overly complex to sit well outside of the mainstream.

Beyonce – ‘Partition’

Highlight from Beyonce’s self-titled album that’s not even close to getting old. Tinges of David Banner’s ‘Play’ in the backing and Terius Nash’s grubby mitts all over the writing – whatever your musical preference, if you can’t get down to this there’s some real issues you need to work out.

Katy B – ‘Crying For No Reason’ (P. Morris remix)

The original is radio-ready house-pop, but the remix by P. Morris (fka Morri$) puts Katy’s vocals in stark relief with some Blake-meets-Rustie-meets-Timbaland elegance.

Ludacris – ‘Party Girls’ ft. Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih & Cashmere Cat

2014: when Def Jam singles sounds like LuckyMe ones and they feature Jeremih interpolating Aqua. Cashmere Cat even makes Wiz listenable.



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