Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.
Among this week’s highlights, Iranian producer Ash Koosha gave the sounds of his home country a digital makeover, Shanti Celeste raided the racks at Amsterdam’s Rush Hour and grime don Slackk gave us his first studio mix of the year.
Dummy Mix 332
Earlier this year, virtual reality-obsessed Iranian producer Ash Koosha presented us with a FACT mix of original productions. This effort for Dummy is a more traditional mixtape, but it’s just as good. Taking traditional music from his native country and giving it a digital makeover, he blends these unique refixes with tracks by Amnesia Scanner, Sevdalizah, Lafawndah, Beyoncé and Rihanna.
Rush Hour Store Mix 009
Shanti Celeste swapped Bristol’s Idle Hands record shop for Rush Hour this week, as she scoured the racks of the famed Amsterdam digging spot to create its latest in-store mix. Starting off with ambient business from Jordan GCZ, she moves through classic electro from Egyptian Lover and tracks from The Black Madonna, edit master Ilo, ESP, Gene Hunt and Sound Signature newcomer Byron the Aquarius. Even better, Rush Hour has told the spotters where to buy them.
Instrumental grime don Slackk plays monthly on Rinse FM, but it’s been a while since we heard a new studio mix from the Boxed resident. His entry into the R&S podcast series is his first of the year, and it’s packed with heat from Champion, Filter Dread, Yamaneko, Tarquin, Grandmixxer and more. We’re still waiting for album number two, but this will tide us over in the meantime.
EB Radio mix
Loke Rahbek is one of the pallid faces behind Posh Isolation, Copenhagen’s premiere outpost for frost-edged punk, noise and electronics, including his own projects Damien Dubrovnik, Lust For Youth and Croation Amor. His mix for Electronic Beats functions as a wide-ranging label showcase, including unreleased bits from Puce Mary, Varg and the excellent Yen Towers, whose new EP of shimmering, minimalist body music, Bidders Must Justify Their Price, is one of our favourites of the month.
NTS Radio, June 1
One of Germany’s best selectors traded his residency at Berlin Community Radio for a one-off slot on London’s NTS this week and delivered a masterclass in weirdo club music that puts the younger generation to shame. As well tracks from M.E.S.H.’s latest release on PAN, Lisbon’s underground and a ghetto house classic from Paul Johnson he even slips in some Ata Kak. Our new favourite DJ.