This year, we’ve brought in several new weekly features to FACT’s schedule.
Joining My Favourite Record and Forgotten Classics is The Week’s Best Vinyl Releases, a Saturday column by our friends at Soho record shop Phonica. It sounds obvious, but few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store, and after years spent discovering gems in Phonica’s end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday morning, they’ll run down the five vinyl records that you should grab this week.
Pleasure Unit is a new label from Keyboard Masher, and its first release is a series of remakes by Telephones. Doe-eyed piano house is the order of the day, and although it’s nothing new, it’s perfect for the sunny cruise you’re inevitably not having right now.
Compiling a short series of singles released by Dozzy through Hardwax, The Aquaplano Sessions both marks another chance to grab these lop-sided techno tracks (the original 12″s, inevitably, go for silly money on Discogs) and further cements Dozzy’s reputation as one of the more interesting techno acts operating today.
A pair of Berliners “laying polyrhythms over multicultural drum and percussion tracks” with a Roland 808, this could have gone horribly, horribly wrong, but it’s actually pretty special. ‘Zombie Jamboree”s the pick for us – a soundtrack for Jonny Trunk’s Halloween party if every there was one.
Willie Burns’ label step out with the debut – we think, though it could be an alias – single by Art Crime. Four drum machine ‘n’ keys symphonies straight from the top pocket – it’s the EP’s title track and its opener, ‘Release’, that really take the biscuit though.
Going Good continues its hot streak with a 12″ of luscious miniatures by Cloudface – something like the cloud city from the Little Nemo NES game obscured by Actress’s thick fog. As enjoyable as the record’s housier tracks – ‘Secret Sister’, for instance – the further it floats from the dancefloor the better it gets.
Phonica turns 10 this year and have celebrated with a new compilation, 10 Years of Phonica Records. For more on that, head here.