Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.
This week there’s a hefty serving of unreleased dubs from Tectonic boss Pinch, an unforgiving mix of heavy club détournements from Chilean producer Imaabs and a six-hour mix of joyful house and techno from Fort Romeau. There’s also a killer selection of 1980s Japanese pop that’s certain to have you raiding Discogs.
Pinch is a man known for playing loads of dubplates in his mixes and this one for XLR8R is no exception. Of the 21 tracks, 12 are unreleased, taking in everyone from Plastician and Walton to Perc & Truss via a massive remix of Mumdance & Logos. There’s also plenty of forthcoming music from his Cold Recordings and Tectonic stables, all of which shows he’s keeping his hybrid style of techno and dubstep as fresh as ever. Make sure you stick around for Powell’s ridiculous ‘Cov Megamix’ of Russell Haswell’s ‘Hardwax Flashback’.
Dummy Mix 278
An unforgiving smackdown of heavy club détournements from Chilean producer Imaabs, an affiliate of Mexico City’s N.A.A.F.I. and London’s Trax Couture. It’s all deeply now, with selections from Björk, MM, Angel Ho, Toxe, Moslem Priest and the like shuttling along at breakneck speed; unprepared listeners may need a taurine fix first.
Jen Monroe and Brian Sweeny
OMG JAPAN: Rare & Experimental Japanese Pop (1980 – 1989)
Self-Titled’s latest mix sees the people behind the Japanese and new age-focused Listen To This! blog compile 72 minutes of 80s pop rarities from Japan. The mix features music by or “one degree removed” from the Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Yukihiro Takahashi, Haruomi Hosono and Ryuichi Sakamoto, through production, songwriting, instrumental cameos, collaborations or their label ¥EN Records. The result is a surprisingly unified and frankly brilliant trip through the more experimental end of 1980s Japanese pop music that’s guaranteed to have you raiding Discogs whether you were already a fan of the genre or not.
Dekmantel Podcast 040
An all-nighter that works just as well a Friday afternoon warm-up, Fort Romeau’s marathon six-hour set from a recent gig at Corsica Studios is indeed one of those “journey” sessions, launching with a selection of floaty ambient, kraut and Balearic records before unloading some joyful house and techno with the odd bonkers rave memory in there too. Fun for all the family.
Slimzee B2B Trends with Jammz and Mic Ty
NTS Radio 15/10/15
Slimzee’s on an excellent run with his NTS shows – both in terms of the musical quality and the combination of focus and variation that they’re curated with – but his last one is a real highlight. On decks he’s joined by Trends, an Oxford-based producer who’s developed a close link to Slimzee of late and combines hard-hitting basslines with tribal drums, and on mic Jammz and Mic Ty stamp their authority on sets like few others around.