The week’s best mixes: EU solidarity, the genius of Nico and fresh gqom from Durban
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 some much-needed EU solidarity alongside a trip through Durban’s gqom scene and an hour of Nico. If that’s not enough, there’s a whopping eight hours of Planet Mu to get through to as well.
We’ve spent the last week in denial, but it time to face facts: Britain has decided to leave the EU and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Thankfully Activia Benz artist Toby Gale has given us the demonstration of unity we need at this difficult time: a mix of songs from every country in the European Union. Italy’s Ninos Du Brasil, Austria’s Dorian Concept and Scotland’s Hudson Mohawke all feature in the colourful mix, which should help to banish those Brexit blues.
Electronic Explorations 431: Gqom Oh! A Durban Exploration
Electronic Explorations interrupts its scheduled techno programming this week for a mix highlighting South Africa’s fertile gqom scene. The dark, rugged, rolling club genre has grown in stature over the past year, and this hour-long set from Gqom Oh! label boss Nan Kolè brings in two other emerging styles from the Durban townships: “Core Tribe” and “Sgubhu”. If you haven’t yet heard the names Mafia Boyz, DJ Mabheko and DJ Lag, get to know.
Selectors Podcast 006
Aroy Dee isn’t as famous as Dutch techno associates Legowelt, Conforce and Serge, but his taste is just as good. His mix for Dekmantel’s Selectors podcast is full of the kind of deep techno you’ll find on his underrated M>O>S Recordings label together with plenty of classic Italo and house, and all are no less than 20 years old. Kicking off with Luke Slater’s ambient project The 7th Plain, he travels though the music of Mantronix, funk group Cameo and fellow Dutch producers Area Forty One and Ross 154. Our new favourite Dutch DJ.
Who’s That Girl
Nico Special: NTS Radio, June 27
The latest edition of Who’s That Girl is about Nico, the Teutonic femme fatale flung together with the Velvet Underground to make their iconic debut album and who spent the next two decades dismantling that glossy image in an ice storm of gothic poetry, frozen drones, apocalyptic vistas and absolutely colossal amounts of heroin. Presenter Leyla looks at the intertwining of addiction and creativity in the life of one of 20th century art’s most intriguing figures.
Mikey IQ Jones
The Bride Stripped Balearic: A Day At Dada Beach
The brains behind our essential monthly reissues column puts together his own warped spin on a summer mix, with 88 minutes of “weirdo beach vibes” mixed live. The Balearic venture spans synthy dub mixes, global yacht rock, aquatic ambient and all kinds of rando obscurities that’ll have you Shazaming and Discoging for days.
Planet Mu Takeover
Radar Radio, June 26
Planet Mu took over London’s Radar Radio this weekend to prove that the 20-year-old label has never been stronger than it is now. Founder Mike Paradinas was joined by RP Boo, Luke Vibert, Konx-om-Pax and others including new school club producers WWWINGS and Antwood for eight solid hours of on-point electronic music from the margins. Get stuck in here.