This year, we’ve brought in several new weekly features to FACT’s schedule.
Joining My Favourite Record and Forgotten Classics is The Week’s Best Vinyl Releases, a Saturday column by our friends at Soho record shop Phonica. It sounds obvious, but few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store, and after years spent discovering gems in Phonica’s end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday morning, they’ll run down the five vinyl records doing most damage in Phonica that week.
Supposedly the last ever release from the incomparable Actress, and suitably dark and moody. Comes on three slabs with beautiful artwork. The release notes ominously state “R.I.P Music 2014”, which is as strong a recommendation as any.
The Very Polish Cut-Outs Vol. 2 12″
(The Very Polish Cut-Outs)
Another sampler of great grooves from Poland’s rich musical past. This batch of leftfield edits is curated by another Pole, Chlopak z Sasiedztwa (which to our delight translates as Boyz N The Hood), and two Norwegians – Rune Lindbaek and Sex Tags UFO’s Telephones. Road-tested floor-fillers to take you through the night.
MOON B / L33 & SVEN ATTERTON
Freshness / Sunset 7″
(Omega Supreme Records)
On Portland label Omega Supreme – always a good thing – this split 7″ is a little bit house, a little bit funk, and a lot of sexy ’80s synth. The Moon B track, in particular, is a sun-kissed glider that should thaw the January chill.
PYE CORNER AUDIO
Black Mill Tapes Volumes 3&4 LP
The Head Technician continues his Black Mill Tapes series with volumes three (originally released on Bandcamp) and four (previously unreleased). Faded Boards of Canada-esque electronics and a dash of gloomy house.
MAGIC MOUNTAIN HIGH
Tiny Breadcrumbs 12″
(Off Minor Recordings)
Move D teams up with Juju and Jordash for four tracks of live improvised electronics; just the ticket for hardware enthusiasts out there. Bendy, psychedelic and ever so slightly off-colour, with rather spectacular artwork.
Phonica turns 10 this year, and will be celebrating with a new compilation, 10 Years of Phonica Records, as well as a party at London’s Fire. For more on that, head here.