Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.
Soichi Terada’s all-Japanese house mix brings the vibes this week, delivering classic after classic we never knew existed. There’s also a BCR special from Holly Herndon collaborator Colin Self, techno from London’s Gateway To Zen night and a colourful, wide-ranging mix from Alis.
RA Podcast 511
Best known to PlayStation owners as the man who wrote the soundtrack for Ape Escape, Soichi Terada delivers a fantastic RA podcast comprised of entirely Japanese house music. Packed with feelgood ‘90s anthems from Terada and fellow Japanese producers Shinichiro Yokota and Manabu Nagayama, it’s a window into a world that still feels woefully under-explored. It’s worth listening to just for the 8-bit breakdowns during ‘Gaming Man’, if we’re honest.
Holly Herndon collaborator Colin Self dropped into Berlin Community Radio this week for an hour of diverse selections. As you’d expect from an artist whose work is interested in manipulating the human voice, his set is packed with unusual vocal tracks and synthetic atmospheres, flitting from tracks by Lafawndah and The Knife’s Olof Dreijer through choral pieces and metallophone rhythms.
Rye Wax Mix Series #1: Gateway To Zen
London record shop Rye Wax has just kicked off a new podcast series, and the first comes from one of the venue’s occasional nights. Gateway To Zen’s Tom Whatmore take charge for the 75-minute duration, offering a taste of what it’s like in the intimate Peckham basement. Expect acid and dubbed-out techno cuts from Iueke, Patricia, STL, Terrence Dixon, Semtek and more.
Berlin-based artist Alis jumps between genre and location with ease on her mix for AQNB, which goes through Chilean club sounds from Imaabs, dancehall vocals from Vybz Kartel, Israeli MCing from Miss Red and African house across its 45 minutes. She’s also got space to pack in club sounds from Styles Upon Styles’ Gut Nose, Night Slugs’ Hysterics and Mr. G.
Blowing up the Workshop 56
Blowing up the Workshop looks to the US cassette underground for its latest mix, with 75 minutes of unreleased material from Spectrum Spools and A.H.E.M. artists Eric Lanham. Falling somewhere between a selection of lost library tunes, classic Mille Plateaux and skewed Autechre-like rhythms, it’ll satisfy any cravings for danceable beats and heady experimentation.