Ewan Pearson is at the controls for today’s FACT mix, a thirty minute rocket-ride through the sounds that are currently preoccupying the acclaimed DJ, producer and remixer.
Based in Berlin, UK-hailing Pearson has carved out quite a career over the past decade, as in-demand for commercial production projects as he is for his more underground offerings. He’s perhaps best known for his studious work behind-the-glass for Tracey Thorn, The Rapture, M83 and most recently Delphic, but the original music he has sporadically recorded with cohort Al Usher as Partial Arts (see the brilliant ‘Cruising’ and bell-tastic ‘Trauermusik’) is equally, if not more, deserving of your attention. Then there’s the remix work: Ewan Pearson is one hell of a prolific remixer. Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Alter Ego, Feist, Royksopp, Franz Ferdinand and the Pet Shop Boys – these are just a mattering of the artists he’s re-worked over the years.
A man of fine taste (see his Enthusiasm blog for uncommonly witty reviews of new music), Pearson is naturally a much-rated DJ, and in addition to an eternally hectic gig schedule he’s found the time to create three excellent mix CDs: Sci:Fi:Hi:Fi: Vol.3, Fabric 35 and, most recently, We Are Proud of Our Choices. Out now on Kompakt, We Are Proud of Our Choices showcases Pearson’s penchant for the more melodic and mellifluous end of the electronic music spectrum, and is well worth a sniff.
In the meantime, tuck into this small but perfectly formed FACT mix from the man, kicking off with a remix of The xx’s ‘VCR’ by It’s A Fine Line (Ivan Smagghe and Tim Paris), and taking in productions from the likes of Ost & Kjex and Chez Damier.
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1.The XX – VCR (It’s A Fine Line Remix) [Young Turks]
2. Alex Smoke – Lux+ [Hum & Haw]
3. Willie Graaf & Tucillo – Give You Up (Damier’s A Little More Mix) [Freerange]
4.Mes – Back to Basics (Motorcitysoul Remix) [SAW]
5.Manik – Rau Down Low [Ovum]
6.Catz vs Ibi Tijani – Word Problems [Catz Musik]
7.Ost & Kjex ft. Mung – Dirty Mind [Luna Flicks]