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.


Lil Silk – ‘OG Bobby Boo’

This rubbery performance from Thugger protege Lil Silk makes mincemeat of the current freestyle beat du jour ‘O.G. Bobby Johnson’. There’s a bunch of these around right now but Silk’s is the most interesting by far.

AWE – ‘Eagle Soul’

A throwback to days spent playing Cadillacs & Dinosaurs in Laser Quest with a can of Tab Clear and an Irn Bru bar. Almost makes us pine for a step and an undercut.

The Space Lady Greatest Hits

Kerbside Casio pop from pure-voiced ’80s street musician Susan Dietrich, finally set free by Night School this month

Justin Walter – Lullabies & Nightmares

A belated discovery (it came out last May) of the Chicagoan’s spumy electronica, featuring the rarely heard Electronic Valve Instrument.

Trap Door – Mix for the Astral Plane

Belting, bootleg-heavy mix from part of the Gang Fatale collective, tipped here this week.

Cali Swag District – ‘Shake Something’

The kids that taught you how to dougie return with a track by producer-to-watch Larry Jayy. Big, brash, loads of fun; not everything needs to reinvent the wheel.

Peter Walker – Has Anyone Seen Our Freedoms?

Halting, almost Tourettic folk, recorded in 1970 but only excavated last month.

Willie Burns – Woo Right EP
Sunblind house from the WT bossman, who’s knocking out this sort of manna in his sleep at the moment.

Rich Homie Quan feat. Young Thug ‘Get TF Out My Face’ 

Two of Atlanta’s brightest stars, suffering from success over a harpsichord-trap beat by FKi. Realistically, this slot could be anything Thugger has done for the last several months — it’s all been gold.

Actress – Ghettoville

Darren Cunningham’s last album as Actress – maybe – and if that’s the case, he’s signing out in style: the album’s second half, in particular, is excellent.