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We Been Ready: Inside the global resurgence of Baltimore club
We Been Ready: Inside the global resurgence of Baltimore club
Words by Chris Kelly •  18th December 2014 • No Comments
Until recently, Baltimore club was thought dead and buried, one of the first casualties of the blog-buzz cycle. But with Jersey club lighting up festivals and clubs in the US and abroad, its Balti [...]
“I had to resort to extreme violence”: how Hipgnosis revolutionised the album sleeve
“I had to resort to extreme violence”: how Hipgnosis revolutionised the album sleeve
Words by Joe Muggs •  17th December 2014 • 
If you had a penny for every time you heard some vintage creative type being described as 'royalty', you'd have a tidy little nest egg. But, in the world of sleeve design, Hipgnosis is, well, roya [...]
Meet Marshstepper, the bondage-loving techno loons taking performance art to Berghain
Meet Marshstepper, the bondage-loving techno loons taking performance art to Berghain
Words by Louis Pattison •  16th December 2014 • 
In a techno scene not known for its showmanship, Marshstepper stand out. Photos from their shows resemble surreptitious shots stolen at occult gatherings: figures in robes and masks lifting ch [...]
Digital mystics: the strange story of the 8-bit reggae underground
Digital mystics: the strange story of the 8-bit reggae underground
Words by Robert Barry •  15th December 2014 • 
There is an alternative universe in which the most important reggae tune of 1985 was not Prince Jammy and Wayne Smith’s ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’, but the music to a Nintendo game called Wreckin [...]
FACT contributors pick their favourite tracks of 2014
FACT contributors pick their favourite tracks of 2014
14th December 2014 • 
You've seen what our individual contributors picked as their favourite albums of 2014, now its time for their favourite tracks. Less consensus here than with albums, though Makkonen [above, pho [...]
FACT contributors pick their favourite albums of 2014
FACT contributors pick their favourite albums of 2014
13th December 2014 • 
Still have space left for end of year lists? Here are the full-lengths - with a handful of EPs and mixes thrown in - that did it for FACT's contributors in 2014. Despite not strictly being an a [...]
Sun Ra, blunts and hip hop: Ras G on creativity, rappers and the importance of record shops
Sun Ra, blunts and hip hop: Ras G on creativity, rappers and the importance of record shops
Words by Laurent Fintoni •  13th December 2014 • 
In the Amharic language Ras means head and has since become an Ethiopian title for prince or chief. Used by countless artists in the past decades to denote a spiritual affiliation with the Rast [...]
The 50 best tracks of 2014
The 50 best tracks of 2014
Words by Joseph Morpurgo, Chris Kelly, John Twells, Chal Ravens, Tom Lea, Aidan Bennison •  11th December 2014 • 
Skip to: 40 / 30 / 20 / 10 Stream a selection of these tracks on Spotify and Rdio Here we go then: the last of our main 2014 features. As ever, our 50 Best Tracks are just that - some [...]
The 50 best albums of 2014
The 50 best albums of 2014
Words by Joseph Morpurgo, John Twells, Chal Ravens, Chris Kelly, Aidan Bennison, Tom Lea •  9th December 2014 • 
Skip to: #50 / #40 / #30 / #20 / #10 So, 2014 - how did you fare?  There’s a sense, articulated on these pages and elsewhere, that it was a vintage year for dance albums. We’d qual [...]
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